Nellie's Basin Trail


Lowman - Nellie's Basin Trail

The Nellie's Basin Trail starts about 100 yards up Forest Service (FS) Road 555EC - at its intersection with FS Road 555 (Scott Mountain Road) and just past the site of an old Forest Service guard station.

There is a nearby spring that bubbles up from the ground.

The trail travels along a grassy ridge then begins to descend down a timbered ridge between Nellie's Basin Creek to the south and Sam's Creek to the north.

About halfway down, the trail overlooks Nellie's Basin which is a small open area in the Nellie's Creek drainage containing aspen groves, springs, and elk wallows.

The trail continues down the ridge, terminating at the Julie Creek Trail.

Deer, elk, and bear are common in the area as are grouse.

Most of this trail is very steep and traveling is challenging for all trail users.

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: Click here to download map.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Lowman, Idaho
Water: None

General Information

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.


From Boise, Idaho, travel State Highway 55 north about 35 miles to Banks, Idaho.

Turn right (east) on (Banks-Lowman Road) State Highway 17 and proceed 25 miles to the junction with Forest Service (FS) Road 555.

Turn left (north) on FS Road 555 and proceed 9 miles to the junction of FS Roads 555 and 555EC.

Turn right on FS Road 555EC and proceed 3 miles to Deadwood Lookout Rental Cabin at the end of the road.

Nellie’s Basin Trail is north of the Lookout.  The trail starts at the junction of the FS Road 555 and 555EC.

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OHV Trail Riding

5 miles long; Most of this trail is very steep and traveling is challenging for all trail users.
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult
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