Spotted Louis Trail #104


Description: This 5.5 mile single track secondary trail ascends from the Little North Fork of the Clearwater River (LNF) on Trail 50 east to the popular Snow Peak Trail 55. There is a nice camping site near the junction with Trail 50 if you are setting off from the LNF. Climbing steeply from the river, this strenuous hike rarely lets up as it climbs over 3000 feet to the Snow Peak ridge. Thimbleberries and huckleberries dot the trail as it winds in and out of drainages that provide a much desired drink for users hiking up this trail. There is a great variety of meadow, rock and forests to enjoy from lodgepole pine to mixed conifer. Narrow tread and sloughing have been historic problems associated with the steep side slope that this trail passes over, so stock users, as always, should check with the FS office regarding current trail conditions. A couple of hunting camps are found within two miles of the junction with Trail 55.


Approximate travel time from Avery to the Trail 50 Little North Fork of the Clearwater Trailhead is 1 hour.

• From Avery drive downriver on the Old River Road 218 for 2½ miles to Road 301 at the mouth of Fishhook Creek.

• Turn left on Road 301 and drive south for 13 miles to Road 1268.

• Turn left on Road 1268 and drive south for 7 miles to Road 1268A.

• Turn left on Road 1268A and drive east 1 mile to the Trail 50 Little North Fork of the Clearwater Trailhead.

• Hike downriver on Trail 50 Little North Fork of the Clearwater for 7.6 miles to the Trail 104 Stopped Louis Trailhead.



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