Lightning Ridge Trail (Emmett)

 

Lightning Ridge Trail

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Lightning Ridge Trail #025

Lightning Ridge Trail - As the trail ascends Lightning Ridge, it provides views of Scott Mountain, Onion Valley, Garden Valley, Crouch, and the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Short stretches of the trail are steep, rocky, and boggy.

In August 1986, the Lightning Creek drainage and the last few miles of trail near the west trailhead were the northern edge of the 18,500-acre Anderson Creek Fire. This lightning-caused fire was the largest one in Idaho that summer.

From the south end of Deadwood Reservoir, the first 5 miles of the trail are open only to non-motorized traffice from September 15 to June 15.

Bordered by huckleberry bushes, the trail begins in a lodgepole pine and Douglas-fir forest.

Within 1.5 miles, the trail crosses Daisy Creek. It parallels Trail Creek for about 3 miles, and then ascends sharply to Lightning Ridge.

The ridge is topped with weathered granite outcrops and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

The trail descends steeply to Onion Valley, crosses Onion Creek and soon afterward intersects with the Onion Valley Trail.

The Lightning Ridge Trail ascends once again, offering views of Scott Mountain and its lookout, and passes through the area burned by the Anderson Creek Fire. After following the ridge for several miles it descends to l Forest Service (FS) Road 611, where it ends.

At a Glance

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

General Information

Directions:

ACCESS #1- From Boise, Idaho travel 38 miles north along State Highway 55 to Banks, Idaho. 

At the intersection with State Highway 17 (Banks/Lowman Road) turn east and go 9 miles to the intersection of Forest Service (FS) Road 555 (Scott Mountain Road).  Turn north on FS Road 555 and travel approximately 25 miles to the signed Westside Trailhead #023. 

Go west about a mile on the Westside Trail where the signed Lightning Ridge trailhead is located.

ACCESS #2- From Boise, Idaho travel 38 miles north along State Highway 55 to Banks, Idaho.  At the intersection with State Highway 17 (Banks/Lowman Road) turn east and proceed to the Crouch, Idaho turnoff. 

Continue north, passing through Crouch on a paved road, which becomes Forest Service (FS) Road 698.  Proceed north on FS Road 698 about 5 miles to the intersection of FS Road 611 (Lightning Creek Road).

 Go southeast on FS Road 611 about 5 miles where an earthen barrier blocks the road.


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Activities


Bicycling

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Mountain Biking

Enjoy mountain biking along the 13.4 miles of trail. Bordered by huckleberry bushes, the trail begins in a lodgepole pine and Douglas-fir forest.

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Hiking

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
13.4 Miles

  Latitude : 
44.19446

  Longitude : 
-115.89977

 



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