Joe's Creek Trail


Near Joe's Creek Trail #137

The Joe's Creek Trail  - climbs steadily through high brush and thick pines to the top of a ridge.

Much of this section of the trail has been severely eroded, making for a rough walk.

Near the top of the ridge, the trail has been rerouted across a rocky drainage. It continues to the top of the ridge, where it fades on an open, brushy hillside.

At this point, the trail becomes an old road. Follow this road along the bare ridge and down into a large, open saddle.

The trail ends here at its signed junction with West Mountain Trail. Joe's Creek Trail would be a good day hike in conjunction with Tripod Peak Trail and West Mountain Trail, which connects the two trails.

From the intersection of Joe's Creek Trail and West Mountain Trail, turn north on the West Mountain Trail and travel approximately 0.4 miles to the well-signed intersection to Tripod Peak.

Turn east on the Tripod Peak Trail and travel approximately 0.3 miles to the lookout. There are good views of the surrounding countryside in all directions from the lookout.

At a Glance

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

General Information


From Boise, Idaho, travel along State Highway 55 to Smith’s Ferry and turn west onto Forest Service (FS) Road 644 for 1.9 miles to the junction with FS Road 626. 

Turn right onto FS Road 626 and travel 7.5 miles to FS Road 614. 

Turn right onto FS Road 614 and proceed 4.1 miles around the east and north sides of Sagehen Reservoir to FS Road 622. 

FS Road 622 is 0.3 mile east of the junction of FS Road 614 and FS Road 609 on FS Road 614. 

Turn right onto FS Road 622 and follow this road 3.9 miles to its end. 

There are two directional signs along this road to the trailhead.  The trailhead is at the end of FS Road 622.

General Notes:

The Joe's Creek Trailhead is a signed site with a loading/unloading ramp for animals.

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Difficulty Level: Most Difficult


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2.0 Miles

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  Elevation : 
6560 - 7360