East Mountain Way Trail

The East Mountain Way Trail offers views of Round Valley and Long Valley, passes through forests and meadows, and ends near East Mountain Lookout.

For most of its length, the trail overlaps a ridge, but occasionally descends to the ridge's west side. Recreationists should pack extra water as there is none available along the trail.

Sections of Forest Service (FS) Road 417F (East Mountain Lookout Road) which accesses the north trailhead is steep and eroded. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

The unsigned trailhead begins in a prominent saddle on FS Road 417B as a stock driveway and heads northeast. Shortly, it steeply ascends, and then descends a ridge.

In a saddle where Round Valley can be seen to the west, the stock driveway narrows to a trail. When it reaches a small hill with an aspen grove, the trail will be difficult to find as it heads east across a meadow.

The trail continues northeast passing through a lodgepole pine forest and by granite boulders which provide a view of Herrick Reservoir.

The blazed but unsigned trail ends at its intersection with FS Road 417F.


There are 3 sections of the East Mountain Way Trail.  Please refer to the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for open areas for OHV travel.  (Sections include:  099B04, 099A04 and 099C04).

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Cascade, Idaho

General Information


ACCESS #1- From Cascade, Idaho, travel 8 miles south on State Highway 55 to the intersection of Forest Service (FS) Road 409 near Clear Creek Lodge.  GO east on FS Road 409 for approximately 3 miles to the intersection of FS Road 417. 

Continue southeast on FS Road 417 for about 3 miles to the intersection of FS Road 417B.  Go south on FS Road 417B for about 3 miles to a prominent saddle.  The unsigned trailhead is located in the saddle on the east side of the road near a FS Road 417B sign. 


ACCESS #2- From Cascade, Idaho, travel 8 miles south on State Highway 55 to the intersection of Forest Service (FS) Road 409 near the Clear Creek Lodge. 

Go east on FS Road 409 for about 8.5 miles to the intersection of FS Road 417H, which is marked with an East Mountain Lookout directional sign. 

Continue east on FS Road 417H, which becomes FS Road 417F after about 4 miles.  The blazed but unsigned trailhead is on the south side of FS Rd 417F, a quarter of a mile west of the lookout.

General Notes:

The Clear Creek Summit Trailhead is a one-acre signed site with a loading/unloading ramp for ATVs. Serves East Mountain Way (#099) and Clear Creek Summit (#106) trails.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Hiking - day hiking - 9.7 miles long; the trail offers views of round Valley and Long Valley.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

Horse Riding and camping in the area.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OHV Trail Riding

Check on Cascade Range District  - Motor Vehicle Use (MVUM) map for OHV riding opportunities.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
9.7 Miles

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  Elevation : 
6320 - 7660