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Excellent trail advice.

Great trail with a beautiful destination! Highly recommend!

The road to the trailhead is not well marked, so watch closely for FS 316.

This is more of a drive, as it was on a dirt road and would actually be best for a 4 wheeler or something. Beautiful views but not for hiking. There were also no sign posts marking any trail heads or anything just an area information sign.

Beautiful country, challenging ride . Six guys all 60 or 70 on motorcycles. We spent three nights and parts of four days from Elk City to Darby... pace was good for us.

"Moderate"??? Worst is a 130' climb in 4/10 of a mile. Coming back is the same 130', but over 9/10 of a mile, so more gentle. Otherwise mostly flat.

Be wary of sight-seeing tourists and locals walking their dogs/baby strollers. I've never found the trail busy, but that might be because of the hours I ride it.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Definitely not safe for bicycles. But if you do ride, be sure to have a bright rear strobe to warn upcoming traffic. The description says "lightly trafficked". This would not be by characterization of the highway. Traffic might be on the lighter side, but it is fast moving. Very, very scenic with many campgrounds along the route. Be forewarned that in many places, the road is adjacent to the river, and there are no guardrails! You have to pay attention to the road and not on the natural beauty of the canyon/river.

Well worth the drive. I will be back, this time to take more time and see all the numerous sights along the way.

off road driving
6 months ago

Had a great time, beautiful country, picked up a pamphlet from the Forest Service which was very informative.

Just completed riding east to west. Found that after the Magruder Crossing to near Poet Creek the road was very narrow, amd rough (sand & ruts in spots, and large 3"-8" rocks). Not sure what I would've done had I met a truck in some spots - too narrow and far between pull outs. While scenic it's not a casual drive - it demands attention.

Part of the greater North Idaho Centennial Trail, it gives a nice view of the lake. It does get a little crowded and there is one hill that might stop you, but still worth the ride.

scenic driving
8 months ago

It’s a road with little to no shoulder. Not safe to bike given the speed and sharp corners.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a great trail for us on this beautiful day in June. The daytime temp was 79 degrees and no clouds in site. A good thing considering the road out to the trailhead would be impassable in our rear-wheel drive, high clearance van in a fair amount of rain. There are a lot of rocks and uneven places to slow you down. The van was rockin'. Our last trail hike was in southern Utah with the hoards of people in the national parks so this was a welcome change from that. It looked like no one had been out there in weeks.

The trip down is steep but not bad. It looks ominous but as long as you pay attention you should be good. Once we got to the river there was a cool breeze. Big rocks in the river offer a place to soak the feet and look for wildlife. As other reviews warned, there was a lot of poison ivy. There is not much room to move around and the water was still fairly high. On the way out we did see a snake but after checking we think it was a gopher snake. All in all it was a difficult hike but very doable in 3 hours. The perfect conditions helped to with the hike and the drive in. We look forward to doing it again.

scenic driving
10 months ago

This is a very scenic drive around Bogus Basin to the Mores Mountain trailhead.

hiking
10 months ago

This is the only trail I know that goes to the bottom of Bruneau Canyon. From the overlook, it is another 20 miles or so on a very rough dirt road - only high clearance vehicles should attempt it. The trail itself is mostly well-managed, although one section was washed out and required some moderate scrambling when I hiked it in August of 2017. The trail switchbacks down the east side of the canyon down to the river. Be careful around the river, as poison ivy grows abundantly. If you scramble over the rocks to your left at the bottom, you can wade into the shallow part of the river and further up the canyon. Schools of red band trout are prevalent in the warm waters.

scenic driving
10 months ago

This is indeed a beautiful drive! It's neat seeing the mountains far out in the distance and as you approach the valley, you literally drive in between them with mountains on each side literally hundreds to thousands of feet above you. As you head north of Ketchum you begin really climbing into the mountains and get your more typical high elevation passes and high-up long range views, before leveling out again a bit until you reach Stanley, which makes for a great base camp for the many nature options in the area.

scenic driving
Monday, January 08, 2018

This is a pleasant drive through the rolling hills of southern Idaho.

10/24/17 - there weren’t any signs to show where the trail starts so we walked the road and then eventually went down on the old unused railroad tracks. The tracks run along the river. Beautiful fall colors. Easy but watch your step on the tracks.

hiking
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

There is no markings at all, for the hike. We followed the map. Alltrails provide. There is a dirt road and atv road. There is a railroad closer to the river. The view of the area and river is amazing.

From Coeur d'Alene you go to Higgins Point, and from there you have to go back again ?? (a very short ride on the bike if you're out for some excercise) The views of the lake are fine, but a lot of traffic/noise on the road. Unfortunately

scenic driving
Sunday, July 02, 2017

A beautiful Sunday drive, twisting and turning through the Boise National Forest from Boise to Lowman. The highway offers many side roads which lead to various camp or hunting grounds.

It was my buddy’s birthday today. He turned 75. He went to the gym in the morning, hiked Mineral Ridge after that, and was getting bored, so he called me to ride bicycles on Rutledge Trailhead, or as the locals refer to it, “Higgen’s Point Trail.” At 10 miles, this is not a really long ride for a bike, but some of the hills will daunt to a degree, the resolve of all but hardcore bike riders. We rode to Higgens Point, and on the way back, my buddy stopped at the pull up bars, to knock out 20 pull ups, just to show off. If I am fortunate enough to live to be 75, I will be grateful if I can even pull up my own pants.

I have ridden this trail multiple times before, but today, I decided to add it to the trail lists on AllTrails. AllTrails has turned into a hobby for me, (maybe a religion, haha!) and I have really started to enjoy exploring the trails on AllTrails, and finding new ones to add to the awesome database. I’ve been like a missionary lately, whenever I meet someone on a trail, I ask if they have heard of AllTrails. It is my goal to find and add ten new awesome trails this summer. But I digress!

Rutledge Trailhead is a really nice spot to go for a walk along the shore of Coeur d’Alene Lake. I saw lots of people walking their dogs today. One of the dogs got so excited when we passed on bicycles, that I stopped to give it a little love. The views of the lake are lovely! There is usually a cool wind blowing off this end of the lake. In the summer, that is a plus, in the winter, not so much!

I have taken a few evening walks along this trail before. The exercise stations along the way, are tempting, almost making it impossible to not try them out a little. Lastly, this is such a nice trail, so smooth and well-maintained, that it would be paradise for a wheelchair rider. There are many assisted living homes in North Idaho. I am planning to see if I can find someplace to volunteer to help with outdoors activities. This would be such a nice place to share with an elderly shut in!

scenic driving
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I drove this from Victor to Ashton during the fires back in the 80's because the road was closed in Yellowstone. We wanted to get to the Firehole river swimming hole and this was the only way. Nice drive along the foothills of the Tetons

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Choose your adventure in this park, well maintained paved educational trails. Most are stroller and wheelchair friendly to some that were slightly more challenging, all the ones we saw were easily car accessible. My 2 kids (under 10) stated it was "the best day ever"

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Another great job Ed. This is a great area to ride and you never run out of trails.

More great areas to ride ATV's! Idaho has everything to offer for the ATVer, hiker, horse back rider and even the walkers.
Great job!

scenic driving
Sunday, November 13, 2016

I drove from Victor to Ashton on this route. It is very beautiful on a clear summer day. Good views of the Tetons as well as gently rolling fields of wheat. I never expected the Idaho side of the Tetons to be so stunning.

scenic driving
Saturday, November 12, 2016

I'm from the East Coast so for me, this was an incredibly scenic drive for being on a highway. From Rexburg until you hit Caribou-Targhee National Forest, on a clear day you can see all the way to the Tetons. They loom over miles of undulating grain fields and the view is especially stunning at sunrise. Once you get into the national forest, the drive is forested but with the opportunity to see all kinds of wildlife such as moose and deer.

off road driving
Friday, November 11, 2016

This trail is in the Payette National Forest, not Gospel Hump.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This is a scenic route follow 75 towards Boise. There are multiple hot springs if you drive inland. Road quality is OK in dry weather. Rutted

horseback riding
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Dad took me and the other kids here in the early 90's. I don't think we started at Warren, though... We took a boat down the river and a raft for part. Then we rode up on horseback. I remember shooting his .44 magnum when we got to the lookout.

I also recall fishing (quite successfully!) at a decent sized lake somewhere out here. I was too young to be able to tell you where, though! I'd love to retrace these steps someday!

I think anyone would have considered my dad a real mountain man out here at some point (he was a hunting guide around 1970).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdG3O-Gmb4c

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