Bitter Creek Trail (Lowman)


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Bitter Creek Trial - The primary trail users are motorcycle riders; horse use increases during the fall hunting season.

From the undeveloped trailhead on the Lowman District, the trail fords the Deadwood River and then follows Bitter Creek up to the boundary between Lowman and Emmett Ranger Districts.

The trail levels at the ridge top and then descends into the Long Fork of Silver Creek.

Open meadows and granite outcrops are common on the upper section of the trail.

A large loop can be made by combining this trail with the Peace Creek and Habit Creek Trails. Portions of the Bitter Creek, Peace Creek, and Habit Creek trails were burned in the Rattlesnake Fire in 2006.

This trail is maintained every three years by the Lowman Ranger District Trail Crew.

However, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Trail Ranger Program, deadfall is removed from this trail annually.


At a Glance

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Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Lowman, Idaho
Water: None

General Information


From Boise, Idaho, travel north along State Highway 55 to Banks, Idaho approximately 38 miles.

At Banks, turn right (east) onto State Highway 17 (Banks-Lowman Road) and proceed 31 miles to Lowman, Idaho.

At Lowman, turn left at the intersection of State Highway 17 and State Highway 21. Travel northeast towards Stanley, Idaho along State Highway 21 approximately 40 miles.

Along the route, you will travel past Banner Summit, Bull Trout Campground and eventually arrive at the Forest Service (FS) Road 579 turnoff. 

Turn (west) onto FS Road 579 at Banner Creek/Cape Horn Summit.  There is a big parking area and an information board.

Proceed along FS Road 579 through Bear Valley and past the Elk Creek Guard Station Cabins.  Eventually FS Road 579 will intersect with FS Road 555.  At this junction, turn left and proceed south along FS Road 555 to the Reservoir. 

The Bitter Creek Trail trailhead is located just off of FS Road 555 (on the right side) as you travel south toward the Deadwood Reservoir approximately 1 mile after the FS Road 579 and 555 junction.

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