Silver Creek Summit Trail

 

Silver Creek Summit Trail

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EM - Family enjoying camping at Silver Creek Campground

Silver Creek Summit Trail - This trail starts out going north along an old roadbed to the ridge between Silver Creek and Bull Creek.

At the summit views of Bull Creek and the Deadwood Ridge match any on the forest.

After the summit the trail descends some steep slopes that require some skillful riding before reaching the Bull Creek Bridge and the junction with the Bull Creek Trail.

This is a very popular route with lots of motorcycle and ATV use, so please use caution and keep your speed down.

In midsummer large bands of domestic sheep may be encountered. The trail ends in an area with very limited access so be prepared.

 

Additional Information for mountain bikers -

For intermediate mountain bikers, this 7 mile round-trip single-track route follows the headwaters of Silver Creek, shaded by spruce and fir trees. 

The entire ride affords spectacular scenery with big granite slabs from the summit, wildflowers and expansive views.

The path climbs about 1,450 feet to Silver Creek Summit, which is 6,250 feet in elevation.

Many bikers prefer to stop at the summit, where an aluminum width limiter is installed, and turn around. 

After the summit, the trail descends steeply and goes into the Bull Creek drainage. 

To begin the journey, go to the end of Forest Service Road 671 where the trailhead is located.

At a Glance

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

General Information

Directions:

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

From Banks, turn east onto State Highway 17 (also known as the Banks/Lowman Road) and proceed about 10 miles to the Crouch turn-off.

Head north through Crouch on the paved road, which becomes Forest Service (FS) Road 698.

Continue along FS Road NF 698 for approximately 15.0 miles to its junction with FS Road 671.

Turn right on FS Road 671 and travel approximately 10.2 miles to its junction with FS road 671E.

Proceed north on NF-671E for approximately 1.8 miles to the end of the road, where the Silver Creek Summit Trail begins.

Bull Creek Trail begins at the junction and the end of Silver Creek Summit Trail.


General Notes:

The Long Fork Silver Creek /Bitter Creek Trailhead has one big parking area, with 2 sign boards one for each of the trailheads.

The trailheads mark - the Silver Creek Summit Trail and the Long Fork Silver Creek / Bitter Creek Trail.


Directions:

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

From Banks, turn east onto State Highway 17 (also known as the Banks/Lowman Road) and proceed about 10 miles to the Crouch turn-off.

Head north through Crouch on the paved road, which becomes Forest Service (FS) Road 698.

Continue north along FS Road 698 to the intersection with FS Road 671, then travel northeast on FS Road 671 and proceed 10 miles to the intersection of FS Road 671E.

Travel north on FS Road 671E about 2 miles to an unsigned but blazed trailhead on the east side of a large clearing, just north of the Long Fork of Silver Creek, which is identified by a sign.

Parking is available at the trailhead for 10 to 15 vehicles.


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General Info:

Directions

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

From Banks, turn east onto State Highway 17 (also known as the Banks/Lowman Road) and proceed about 10 miles to the Crouch turn-off.

Head north through Crouch on the paved road, which becomes Forest Service (FS) Road 698.

Continue along FS Road NF 698 for approximately 15.0 miles to its junction with FS Road 671.

Turn right on FS Road 671 and travel approximately 10.2 miles to its junction with FS road 671E.

Proceed north on NF-671E for approximately 1.8 miles to the end of the road, where the Silver Creek Summit Trail begins.

Bull Creek Trail begins at the junction and the end of Silver Creek Summit Trail.


Difficulty Level: Difficult
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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
6.0 Miles

  Latitude : 
44.38261

  Longitude : 
-115.76155

 



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