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Rainey Creek Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Rainey Creek Trail is a 13 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Swan Valley, Idaho that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,768 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash


horseback riding




Parts of the trail are designated for ATVs, dirt bikes and hiking. Hikers, bring wading shoes! Early season has quite high water, even later in the season there are spot that you have to wade - there is a lot of them.

2 months ago

Beautiful ride on our mules and horses today. saw one hiker with a dog. easy stream crossings. Relaxing ride. moderate amount of shade.

4 months ago

This is a beautiful peaceful trail. We fully enjoyed our hike. You don’t have to go the full 13 miles to be rewarded with beautiful views. We went 2 miles in and turned back around. We would have gone further had we been better prepared for bears. There are not any reviews mentioning being prepared for bears and as you enter the trail there are a couple of signs warning hikers of bears. It has been a while since I have hiked in Swan Valley and didn’t think it was bear country. We were in a large and loud group but next time we will be better prepared with bear spray.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

very relaxing, i was hoping there was more creeks around, but other than that it was very nice to walk through.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

I just wrote a review, gave it one star but the page made it two and a half. I would NOT recommend this trail!

Monday, July 04, 2016

Beautiful trail ruined by ATVs and other motorized vehicles. Nearly got run over several times by drivers speeding around blind corners. Trail not designed for ATVs. Turned around about 1.5 miles in due to lack of trail etiquette by other users.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Nice, flat and easy the first mile. When the creek is running fast and full though, you can't complete this one. Creek crossing at 1mile and it's extremely fast and deep this time of year. So I was disappointed that I couldn't cross this one. Beautiful, wide trail up until the creek though. Mainly 2 track from ATVs. Would do this one again, if I could get across the creek.

Monday, September 01, 2014

This is mostly flat with one section where you have to "climb" over a smaller hill. The moderate difficulty is because there is quite a bit of creek fording involved (so do not forget your wading shoes) even in the late season. Trail is pretty easy to follow, but there is quite a bit of side trails, so be sure to have a map with you.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Two nice parking areas with a bathroom. Nice easy trail the first half.. pretty and cool in the willows.. 2nd half lots of creek crossings with no bridges,Trail gets narrow & steeper with a few rocks. Really nice ride with little bit of a challenge the 2nd half. Had lunch at the willows on the way back only wide spot. Mid July or later because of the creek crossing. Nice ride.. Camping horse ties at the trail head.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

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