Julie Creek Trail


Lowman RD - Julie Creek Trail

Julie Creek Trail follows the Deadwood River, crosses it and climbs to the Deadwood Ridge Trail.

For the first several miles, the trail follows an old road grade along the west side of the Deadwood River through moderately forested area. At 6 miles the trail crosses the Deadwood River on a large concrete bridge.

The old road ends just past the bridge at the site of the old Julie Creek Campground.

From this point the trail is closed to ATV traffic, as the remainder of the trail is single track. The trail veers to the northeast to climb steeply up the Julie Creek drainage and then follows switchbacks up a ridge the last couple miles to intersect with the Deadwood Ridge Trail (#019).

Deer, elk and bear are common in this area as are rattlesnakes. A loop can be created by combing the Julie Creek Trail with the southern portion of the Deadwood Ridge Trail.

This loop is becoming increasingly popular with mountain bikers.

However, it requires excellent physical fitness and bike-handling skills. Mountain bikers can ride the first 6 mile section of the trail for a moderately challenging out and back ride.

At a Glance

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Closest Towns: Lowman, Idaho
Water: None

General Information


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

Turn east onto State Highway 17 (Banks/Lowman Road) and proceed along the scenic highway approximately 30 miles to the Deadwood Campground. 

At the campground, turn left onto FS Road 024GB (Deadwood River Road) and continue one mile to the trailhead.

General Notes:

The Julie Creek Trailhead is a five-acre signed site with restroom, visitor information and loading/unloading ramp for ATVs.

It serves Julie Creek (#020) and Nellie’s Basin (#022) trails.

It is located one mile north of Deadwood Campground and Deadwood River access.

Trailhead is on the west side of Deadwood River.

All trailheads have space for parking.

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Mountain Biking

Deadwood-Julie Creek Loop - For the extremely fit, experienced mountain biker; the first 12 miles of this loop involve a steep, arduous 3,200-vertical-foot climb up Deadwood Ridge. But the effort is rewarded with an exhilarating descent down Julie Creek and a scenic ride along the Deadwood River back to the start.  The trailhead is located at Deadwood Campground and rises straight up a steep ridge and winds through a shaded ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest.

After reaching Julie Creek junction (a great place to stop, rest and enjoy the view), the trail heads downhill for the last 12 miles or so back to the campground.  The ride can also be enjoyed in reverse (going up Julie Creek and down Deadwood). The trail is single-track except for a 2WD road for about 7 miles along Deadwood River. 

To get there from Banks, cross the bridge over the South Fork Payette River and go right.  Continue on the Banks-Lowman Road for about 30 miles to the Deadwood Campground on the left, about 7 miles west of Lowman.

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult


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