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Best trails in Bruneau

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Looking for a great trail near Bruneau, Idaho? AllTrails has 30 great views trails, wildlife trails, off road driving trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Bruneau Dunes State Park or Three Island Crossing State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Trueblood Wildlife Area. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Bruneau ranging from 1.2 to 79.6 miles and from 2,555 to 6,164 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Bruneau Dunes Loop
Bruneau Dunes State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 55 m
#2 - Homer Bedal Homestead OHV Trail
Bruneau, Idaho
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Length: 38 mi
#3 - Roberson Trail East
Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers Wilderness
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 52 m
Cliffside trail from the east rim of Bruneau Canyon down to the river.Show more
#4 - Big Jacks Creek and Buncel Crossing OHV Loop
Big Jacks Creek Wilderness
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Length: 43.2 mi
Come explore the new Big Jacks Creek Wilderness. Trail goes through Buncel Crossing, Holman Cabin, Zeno Canyon, and Wickahoney Crossing. There is a corridor that may be left open through the Buncel Crossing to the Holman Cabin and then to Zeno Canyon on the southwest side of the wilderness. This is an exceptionally scenic area and would involve a hike of ten to fifteen miles to see on foot. Eagles were everywhere during the ride. At least twenty of them were spotted at various locations. Mountain lion sign was also abundant. The Wickahoney Stage Stop was once the home of the Dunning family who established a ranch there in 1887. It also served as a post office and refuge for travelers on the stage route between Mountain City, Nevada and Mountain Home, Idaho. "In 1895 they actually began to build the structure that remains down there now. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Somewhere around the 1930s they developed a new route and the change in the road signaled the demise of what was the stage station."--Bill Eastlake, Desert Traveler. NOTE ABOUT GEOCACHES: Alot of special scenic/historical places had geocaches near them. Apparently geocachers are placing caches in some of their favorite spots. This can speed up the exploration of unfamiliar areas, especially in remote, barely traveled, back country locations.Show more
#5 - Three Forks OHV Loop
Bruneau, Idaho
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Length: 43 mi
Travel south on Roland Road to the "Y" and then south on Tokembamy Road to the Three Forks Road. After you arrive at Sheep Creek, it should be shallow enough to ford and cross. (Note: If it does rain, it will be flooded and difficult to cross. Make sure to check the weather before attempting.) Depart on the west side ATV trail. As you climb out of the canyon on the rocky and very rough ATV trail, continue on a rough two track road back. This Three Forks is at the confluence of Sheep Creek, Pole Creek, and Bull Creek in Owyhee County, Idaho. Show more
#6 - Fred Hall Homestead and Bengoechea Place OHV Trail
Bruneau, Idaho
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Length: 55.9 mi
Drive south on Rowland Road to the Fred Hall Homestead on Cat Creek. Bengoechea Place on located near Marys Creek. The Hall Homestead is easily accessible by a high clearance vehicle. The road to the Bengoechea Place seems to be not used by any vehicle oftenly. It is overgrown and very rocky. Full size vehicles are not recommended for this trail.Show more
#7 - 45 Ranch and Rock Corral OHV Trail
Bruneau, Idaho
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Length: 79.6 mi
This drive is to the Rock corral near the Owyhee River River Wilderness corridor west of the 45 Ranch and several miles from the Oregon state line. Travel through Mountain Home, Riddle, and the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Idaho to a camp site at a gravel pit near the Juniper Basin Reservoir in southern Owyhee County, Idaho. Ride to the 45 Ranch on the South Fork of the Owyhee River. Fording the river start your search for rock corrals visible from the mechanized wilderness corridor. Head over and climb Spring Creek Basin. At the very top of the steep rim is a challenging rock out cropping or two. (The ATVs will have no problems, but it is not a spot for an inexperienced rider.) The corral is actually a natural canyon about 10 to 15 feet deep and rock fences have been constructed to fill in gaps for the corral. From wire fastened to the rock walls and two old posts, the bottom end of the corral is constructed of wire. The bottom end was open and no wire was across it. There is a spring in the corral on the side with the petroglyphs. Most of the petroglyphs were faded and the light was bad for good photographs.Show more
#8 - Dan's Place, Indian Hot Springs, and Big Lake OHV Trail
Bruneau, Idaho
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Length: 59.8 mi
Dan's Place is located on Marys Creek, there you can spend time exploring and taking photographs. Continue your travel by driving to the James Place overlooks, there maybe bobcats. Be careful! As you cross Sheep Creek, drive to the overlook on the west side of the Indian Hot Springs. The wood bridge across the Bruneau River, just downstream from the hot springs, is tilted and the boards in it have rotted out in places. As you leave the rim, drive towards the "hippie" junkyard. In the 1960's some "hippies" managed to get two buses, a sheep herders' wagon, and other vehicles to the area. When they departed, they left all their junk behind on public land. Pack rats now inhabit their junk. There is an old farming disc there. After continue north past Big Lake, Berinaga Lake, and Catholic Lake. These are dry lakes for most of the year. At Big Lake, there is the rear end of a Caterpillar tractor sticking up in the dry lake bed. It apparently got stuck years ago and was abandoned. The only thing showing now is the rear seat and some control levers. People that have been there before say that it is slowly sinking into the ground. The roads to the north of the Hot Springs Road are very rocky and rough, even compared to the Hot Springs Road.Show more
#9 - Grasmere Homer Bedal Homestead OHV Trail
Bruneau, Idaho
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Length: 51.9 mi
This travels travels south to Homer Bedal homestead and then headed north to the Frank Triguero homestead. There are many, many old homesteads scattered throughout the area with some of the buildings still standing strong and some only showing the foundations that they built upon. Next you will head back north to Indian Hot Springs on the Bruneau River. Then the trail heads back south and west past Sheep Creek and down Rowland Road to the campground. Show more
#10 - Indian Hot Springs and Bruneau River OHV Trail
Bruneau, Idaho
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Length: 48.6 mi
Trailer to the Sheep Creek Road-Marys Creek intersection, off-load, and then proceed to the White Homestead on Sheep Creek. Start towards the Indian Hot Springs. After climbing out of the Sheep Creek Canyon, you will see that none of the roads in the area are maintained. Continuing off the rim to the hot springs, it is a 1044 feet vertical change from the west rim to the bridge across the Bruneau River. The bridge is broken in the middle, but ATVs have been crossing it. The bridge appears to be in the same condition it was in about twenty-three years ago. The east side trail which is in better condition than the west trail. The west trail is very steep, rough, and rocky.Show more
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