Snake River Trail

moderate 24 reviews
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Snake River Trail is a 28 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near White Bird, Idaho that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 28.0 miles Elevation Gain: 4,888 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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30 miles of beautiful canyon wilderness. A quiet trail with views of the Snake River. The trail is fairly hilly with flat sections in between and an excellent experience for beginning backpackers. Fairly well traveled trail, with campsites interspersed throughout the trail. Pictographs for Native American tribes line the trail, along with old homesteads from pervious settlers. Also be on the look out for wildlife on the side of the river. In the spring the flowers are beginning to bloom and streams are rushing with water from the melting snow.

backpacking
5 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

Unlike many other hikes I've done, no obstruction of the gorgeous view the entire hike. We camped at the Kirkwood Ranch and has a very nice museum and old farm equipment. No one was camped on Friday and on Saturday, several people arived by boat and a few hiked in. We did have a visit from a Skunk on both nights and our dog had a brief encounter. We saw one rattlesnake on the way out because the weather was sunny and warm and stayed clear of us. Overall, had an enjoyable time.

backpacking
Tue Oct 02 2018

Hiked from Pittsburg Landing to Sheep Creek. It was still hot in the afternoon but not unbearable. Trail was easy to follow until after Suicide Point. Then it was iffy now and then but not terribly difficult. Not water sources running between Pittsburg Landing and Kirkwood but three good sources between Kirkwood and Sheep Creek. I know you can use the river but I much prefer the cold clear creak water! Did this in three nights.. first night at Kirkwood. Second night at Sheep Creek. The third night back at Kirkwood.

hiking
Mon Aug 14 2017

The trail was nice and maintained. It's about 9 or so miles round trip. It ends at a pretty cool little camp site with an historical building and old farm equipment. Not really what I was expecting but still cool. The trail literally follows the river the entire way without gaining too much altitude. At night time you get a great view of the stars! Fishing wasn't bad either. The lake tag is misleading. There isn't a lake.

hiking
Sun Jun 21 2015

my family loves this trail,we have done this two years in a row for spring break. it seems that about the 4 mi. mark people seem to start getting burned out but after that pretty easy hike down to the ranch. great place to camp for the night but then the grade getting out is pretty steep in the morning. over all difficulty i would say med plenty of places to filter water along trail and views are amazing

Tue Feb 17 2015

Narrow trail along the river canyon. A bit of up and down for a bit of a challenging hike. No fuel for fires even if there were fire rings, but unbelievable river and canyon views.

Fri Jun 06 2014

Do not follow the map connected to this trail, unless you have an atv. Made that mistake and walked all the way down to the bottom and had to get a ride from a side by side. It's beautiful down there though!

hiking
Mon Jun 02 2014

The trail is awesome and easy, at the near end you can camp at Kirkwood National Homestead Museum. If you go past that you will find thousands of year old pictographs, as well as Suicide Point, which has it lore in lovers from different tribe, much like Romeo and Juliet ~smiles~ Rattlesnakes come out at the end of May, beginning of June...I have yet to encounter any there, unlike the rattlesnake dens my friends and I have walked into in the past ~snickers~ When the water goes down "Arrowheads" can be found along the shore, albeit you are not allowed to keep them ~smiles~, legally they must be handed over to the rangers or the host house at Kirkwood. The Carson Mansion is a small excursion trail up from the Hosts house, it was a mansion in the 30's used by Bootleggers. There is a Hanta Virus Warning in the building, but I AM still alive ~chuckles~. I do not go there in the SUMMER, too hot for my blood ~chuckles~, but a great hike none the less, I have seen 9 year old boys kick that trails butt ~smiles~

running
Fri Aug 26 2011

We run this trail each year as the last few miles of a 16 or 25 mile adventure run. This is not an "offical" race or run just a few friends that take a jet boat up the Snake and run back to Pittsburg Landing. From Pitsburg to Kirkwood it is about six miles one way. A very nice moderate hike or run. But do it early in the spring, rattle snakes come out later in the year.

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