Saint Joe River from Spruce Tree Campground

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Avery, Idaho

Saint Joe River from Spruce Tree Campground is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Avery, Idaho that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

Length5.3 miElevation gain433 ftRoute typeOut & back
CampingHikingNature tripsWalkingForestRiverViews
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Dustin Lane
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FishingGreat!Muddy

Honestly, I was a little disappointed...but perhaps my expectations were too high? I came here for a Labor Day weekend fly-fishing trip, and thought it would be good to take this trail to head further upriver from the end of the road to a more secluded fishing area. I was surprised that I had to hike about two miles before coming to an area with relatively convenient fishing access. The hike followed the river, but stayed well above it most of the way (with limited views), hence the disappointment. Also, the trail was surprisingly muddy in places despite being late summer after a long dry spell. HOWEVER, I caught the two biggest fish of my life in a section of river off this trail, so I definitely did not regret the hike. Plus, lots of social distancing with this hike!

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Meladi Lanier
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A good easy trail for most folks. We went about 3 miles with a toddler in a pack and two dogs. First several miles are very rocky and were pretty washed out from recent rains. Lots of horse poop from pack horses heading back and forth from the lodge. We ran across a Mama Moose and her Baby just off the trail in some pretty moosy water. Thankfully, some horse riders came up and were able to get her a little further off the trail so we could pass. Lots of flowers though and the St. Joe is always gorgeous. Oh, it was reported at the trail that there had been recent bear activity further up the trail, I don't think we went far enough to even get into that.

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Dax Wilson
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Pete Reynolds
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Susan Scarlett-Walker
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Pete Reynolds
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Bryan Jacobson
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Jacob Mclellan
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