Big Creek Summit Trail


Trailhead to Big Creek Summit Trail

The Big Creek Summit Trail is extremely difficult to follow for the first 1.3 miles because of a faint to non-existent trail tread. The next 1.2 miles has a fair tread with one 0.2 mile section across an open granite slope without a tread. The last 0.6 miles have a patchy trail tread.

Be sure you have a compass, the Gold Fork Rock topography map, and the knowledge to use them. Pink and black flagging was used in 1989 to mark the trail. If these still exist, try to follow the flagging as well.

The trail starts in a small meadow with an old cabin. From the top of the first ridge to the second ridge, there are good views down Six-Bit Creek drainage into the South Fork Salmon River drainage. Farther along the trail are good views down to the Warm Lake Highway.

The trail starts 0.1 mile up the trail (the old road to Gold Fork Rock) at the unmarked trailhead. There is a short spur road to the right off of the trail, which accesses a large hunting camp close to an old cabin. The trail starts here and heads south through a meadow.

When it reaches a stream, it turns east and skirts the north edge of the stream through the trees. The trail then climbs the hillside, crosses a stream at 0.7 mile, and arrives at the top of a ridge at 1.3 miles.

After this first ridge, the trail drops down to a saddle between Six-Bit Creek and Johnson Creek, and climbs back up to another ridge at 1.8 miles.

The trail drops gently as it crosses an open granite slope and arrives at a stream crossing at 2.5 miles. From this point, the trail drops sharply to a creek at 3.1 miles. The trail climbs out of the creek to Forest Service Road 497A.

At a Glance

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Closest Towns: Cascade, Idaho

General Information


ACCESS #1- From Cascade, Idaho, drive north on State Highway 55 about ½ mile to its junction with Forest Highway 22 (Warm Lake Highway).  Turn right onto the Forest Highway 22 and travel approximately 12 miles to Forest Service (FS) Road 497. 

Turn left onto FS Road 497 and drive 5.4 miles to the trailhead for Trail #115.  Hike up Trail #115 (an old road) 0.1 miles to an unsigned trailhead near an old cabin.  Dispersed campsites are available at the trailhead.


ACCESS #2- From Cascade, Idaho, drive north on State Highway 55 about ½ mile to its junction with Forest Highway 22 (Warm Lake Highway). 

Turn right onto the Forest Highway and travel about 16 miles to Forest Service (FS) Road 497A.  Turn left onto FS Road 497A and travel 0.3 miles to the first switchback. 

The unsigned trailhead starts on the north side of the road - look for a blazed tree at this switchback.  There are several dispersed campsites at the trailhead.

General Notes:

The Big Creek Summit Trailhead is a one-acre signed site with no amenities.

All trailheads have space for parking.

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  Area/Length : 
3.1 Miles

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  Elevation : 
6520 - 7200


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