Elk Creek Trailhead

  

Elk Creek Trailhead is the northern-most Forest trailhead on the multi-jurisdictional Centennial Trail, a National Recreation Trail. This trailhead supports the non-motorized section of the Centennial Trail. There is no motorized use on this section of the Centennial Trail. One may travel north 11.5 miles from this trailhead on the Centennial Trail to arrive at the Bureau of Land Management’s Alkali Creek Trailhead. One may travel south 12.8 miles from this trailhead on the Centennial Trail to arrive at the Dalton Trailhead and Campground. The Trailhead is a small parking area off Forest Service Road 169.1. In the spring the water will likely be running but later in the summer and fall it will likely be dry. There is no bridge at this creek crossing so plan accordingly.

General Information

Directions:

To access the Elk Creek Trailhead from Sturgis (Exit 32 of Interstate 90), travel south on Junction Boulevard (Meade County 26, locally called the Vanocker Canyon Road) for approximately 7.5 miles to National Forest Service Road 168. Turn east (left) and travel approximately 2.4 miles to the trailhead which is on the south side of the road. To access the Elk Creek Trailhead from Nemo, travel north on the Nemo Road 0.5 miles. Turn east (right) on Meade County 26, locally called the Vanocker Canyon Road). Travel north for approximately 8.5 miles to National Forest Service Road 168. Turn east (right) on NFSR 168 and travel generally east for approximately 2.4 miles to the trailhead which is on the south side of the road.


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