Red Mountain Trail

  

Lowman RD - Red Mountain Trail

Red Mountain Trail - The Red Mountain Trail, as well as the Clear Creek Trail, provides a way to the top of Red Mountain which presents a panoramic view of the Lowman Ranger District and outlying mountain ranges.

To get to the trail beginning, start on the Clear Creek Trail and climb a steep 2 mile section to the Red Mountain Trailhead.

From this intersection, the Red Mountain Trail climbs for its entire 1.5 mile length through an open Douglas-fir forest to the top of Red Mountain.

The charred remains of an old fire tower are evident at the top of the rocky summit.

From the summit you can view the Red Mountain Lakes directly below. For the adventurous backcountry traveler, the lakes can be accessed by hiking off-trail down the southeast ridge.

The Red Mountain Trailhead has a primitive camping spot with a restroom, picnic tables, fire pits, and hitching posts.

If you plan an overnight stay in the backcountry please practice Leave-No-Trace backcountry camping techniques. the trail is maintained every three years by the Lowman Ranger District Trail Crew.

Portions of the trail are being considered for reconstruction due to erosion issues.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open Memorial Day - Labor Day
Rentals & Guides: Click HERE to download map.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: This is a non-motorized trail.
Closest Towns: Lowman, Idaho
Water: None
Restroom: Vault

General Information

General Notes:

The Red Mountain Trailhead is a five-acre signed site which includes a restroom, hitching rack, registration box, visitor information, fire rings and picnic tables.

This trailhead provides access to the Catpaw Lake (#142), Red Mountain (#143), Kirkham Ridge (#144) and Clear Creek (#145) trails.

All trailheads have space for parking.


Directions:

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.  Turn left at the intersection onto State Highway 21.  Turn left onto the Forest Service (FS) Road 582, (also known as Clear Creek Road) just past the intersection.  

Proceed south along FS 582 for approximately 12 miles to the intersection of FS Road 515 (Red Mountain Road). Continue northeast on FS 515 Road for about 5 miles and you will come to an earth barrier. 

Parking is available for 5-10 vehicles in the large clearing known as Red Mountain Transfer Camp near the barrier.  The unsigned trailhead is a mile northeast of the barrier at the end of the gravel road.  There is a registration box at the trailhead.

The Red Mountain Transfer Camp provides access to many trails including: Catpaw Lake Trail, Clear Creek Summit Trail, Red Mountain Trail and Kirkham Ridge Trail.  Refer to the printable maps located on specific trail information pages.


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Activities


Bicycling

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Mountain Biking

1.5 miles long; The Red Mountain Trail, as well as the Clear Creek Trail, provides a way to the top of Red Mountain which presents a panoramic view of the Lowman Ranger District and outlying mountain ranges.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
1.5 Miles

  Latitude : 
44.23340

  Longitude : 
-115.44242

 



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