Wilson Corrals Trail


Wilson Corrals Trail

view large map


Photo of a group of volunteer that helped with trails in 2015

Wilson Corrals Trail - The trail passes through open conifer/aspen forests and travels an open ridge to an arm of Wilson Peak before descending to Squaw Creek.

There are no sources of water for approx. the middle 3 miles.

The last 3.6 miles are for non-motorized use. Motorized users may wish to turn around in the flat meadow at 2.7 miles instead of at 3.0 miles where the trail is steeper and narrow.

The Wilson Creek Trail starts at a marked trailhead, .5 mile up Forest Service (FS) Road 653Q.

The trail itself starts at the north end of the open parking area.

There is parking, plus a dispersed campsite at the trailhead. The trail follows along the Third Fork of Squaw Creek for the first 0.6 miles.

At two points within the first 0.3 miles, the trail drops into the edge of the creek to avoid springs up above.

At 0.6 miles, the trail begins to follow side drainage of Squaw Creek.

The trail crosses this small creek five times, passes a dispersed campsite at 1.0 miles and breaks into the open just before crossing NF-653Q at 1.2 miles. The trail is evident north of the road. After crossing the road, the trail parallels a clear-cut for 0.3 miles.

The trail gradually gains elevation and reaches a small meadow at 2.7 miles. At 2.8 miles the trail crosses the last source of water for 2 miles to 3.6 miles.

At 3.6 miles, the trail reaches a large open ridge. The trail tread stops part way up this ridge, but by following tree blazes and rock cairns, the trail can be followed to the ridge top just SW of Wilson Peak at 5.0 miles.

The trail then drops down the SE corner of Wilson Peak, crosses a creek at 5.6 miles and comes to a small wet meadow at 6.0 miles.

Shortly after passing this meadow, the trail becomes a network of indistinct trails, but by using the top map and heading SE, one can come to a ford of Squaw Creek at 6.6 miles.

The trail junction with West Mountan Trail is just across this ford.

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: Click here to download a "Print to Go" guide for Wilson Corrals Trail.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Emmett, Idaho
Water: Drinking Water

General Information


LOCATION- There are two access points for Wilson Corrals trail.

ACCESS #1- From Boise, Idaho, take State Highway 55 north to Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. Turn left on State Highway 52 and drive west 9 miles to the junction at Sweet/Ola Highway, then take a slight right.  Proceed north 16 miles to Ola, Idaho.

Make a slight left and continue north through Ola on Forest Service (FS) Road 618 (Third Fork Road) to the Third Fork Cabin.  Just past the unsigned Third Fork Guard Station, turn right onto FS Road 653.  Go east on FS Road 653 approximately 8 miles to the junction with FS Road 653Q.  This junction is signed for the trail.  Turn left onto 653Q and go 0.5 miles to the trail sign.  Turn right and park in the flat. The signed trailhead is on the north side of the flat.


ACCESS #2- From Boise, Idaho, travel north on State Highway 55 to Horseshoe Bend, Idaho approximately 30 miles.  At Horseshoe Bend, turn west and travel State Highway 52 for 9 miles to the junction with the Sweet/Ola Highway. Then turn north and travel 16 miles to Ola, Idaho.

From Ola, continue 10 miles northeast on Forest Service (FS) Road 618, then 7 miles on FS Road 626. Continue approximately 2 miles northeast on FS Road 614 and you will arrive at Sage Hen Reservoir.

From Sage Hen Reservoir, go north on FS Road 609 for 3 miles to its junction with FS Road 653.  Turn right onto FS Road 653 and travel north for 6.4 miles to its junction with FS Road 653Q.  Turn a sharp right onto FS Road 653Q and travel about 0.5 miles to the trailhead.  Turn right and park in the flat. The signed trailhead is on the north edge of the flat.

General Notes:

The Wilson Corrals Trailhead has a livestock loading/unloading ramp, hitching post, dispersed camping area, a 2 acre parking area and a clearly marked trailhead sign.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW

Horse Riding & Camping

Show detail SHOW

OHV Riding & Camping

Hide detail HIDE

OHV Trail Riding

Make sure your bring your Emmett Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM).  Motorized users may wish to turn around in the flat meadow at 2.7 miles instead of at 3.0 miles where the trail is steeper and narrow.

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
5.3 Miles

  Latitude : 

  Longitude :