East Fork American Trail #832

  

This trail provides access to the East Fork of American River from Anderson Butte and from Flint Creek Trail #510. Originally, the trail was used for sportsman access, but the lower section from Flint Creek to Flatiron Ridge, for about 5.8 miles, is now abandoned and impassable. From Flatiron Ridge to Boundary Trail #835, the trail is in good condition. From its upper terminus on Boundary Trail #835, the East Fork Trail drops in elevation on a moderate grade to its intersection with Flatiron Ridge Trail #831 at 1.9 miles. There is a large undeveloped campsite at 1.8 miles from Boundary Ridge. The trail crosses a small stream at 0.9 mile from Boundary Trail, but there is no other water source until the trail reaches the East Fork of American River. From its intersection with the Flatiron Ridge Trail #831, the trail continues to drop in elevation, leaving the ridge top at 3.5 miles. It drops steeply with a series of switchbacks, crossing the East Fork of American River at 4.0 miles. The trail then follows the East Fork downstream for about 1.9 miles and leaves the main stream following a small tributary to a low saddle, then dropping into Flint Creek. It follows Flint Creek upstream for about 1 mile and intersects with Flint Creek Trail at 7.7 miles from the Boundary Trail #835. This trail is heavily used over the 1.9 mile distance from Boundary Trial to Flatiron Ridge Trail from July through October, mainly by horseback riders. The upper 1.9 mile section of the East Fork Trail is suitable for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing as part of a loop route to Anderson Butte from Elk City, in conjunction with Flatiron Ridge Trail #831 and Kirks Fork Trail #830. The total distance of this loop route via Anderson Butte is 12.7 miles round trip starting and ending at the lower terminus of Kirks Fork Trial #830.

At a Glance

Fees No Fee.
Usage: Light
Restrictions:
  • No motorized over 50 inches wide.
  • There are several sections of trail that are heavily eroded and are slippery during wet weather.
Closest Towns: Elk City, Idaho
Water: Surface - must treat for drinking
Restroom: No
Information Center: Red River Ranger District, 208-842-2245

General Information

Directions: Access #1: 6.6 miles north of Elk City via Country Road #1859 and American River-Selway Road #443; 1 mile above the Flint Creek campsite on Flint Creek Trail #510 to the intersection with East Fork Trail #832. Access #2: 4.7 miles northeast of elk City, via the American River-Selway Road #443 and Flatiron Ridge Road #1809; 2.6 miles northeast on Upper Kirks Fork Road #1810 to the terminus of Kirks Fork Trail #830; 4.4 miles via Kirks Fork Trail #830 northeast to Divide Trail #505; 0.8 mile north on Divide Trail #505 to Anderson Butte; 0.7 mile on boundary Trail #835 northeast to the intersection with East Fork Trail #832.

Activities


Hiking

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This trail provides access to the East Fork of American River from Anderson Butte and from Flint Creek Trail #510. Originally, the trail was used for sportsman access, but the lower section from Flint Creek to Flatiron Ridge, for about 5.8 miles, is now abandoned and impassable. From Flatiron Ridge to Boundary Trail #835, the trail is in good condition. From its upper terminus on Boundary Trail #835, the East Fork Trail drops in elevation on a moderate grade to its intersection with Flatiron Ridge Trail #831 at 1.9 miles. There is a large undeveloped campsite at 1.8 miles from Boundary Ridge. The trail crosses a small stream at 0.9 mile from Boundary Trail, but there is no other water source until the trail reaches the East Fork of American River. From its intersection with the Flatiron Ridge Trail #831, the trail continues to drop in elevation, leaving the ridge top at 3.5 miles. It drops steeply with a series of switchbacks, crossing the East Fork of American River at 4.0 miles. The trail then follows the East Fork downstream for about 1.9 miles and leaves the main stream following a small tributary to a low saddle, then dropping into Flint Creek. It follows Flint Creek upstream for about 1 mile and intersects with Flint Creek Trail at 7.7 miles from the Boundary Trail #835. This trail is heavily used over the 1.9 mile distance from Boundary Trial to Flatiron Ridge Trail from July through October, mainly by horseback riders. The upper 1.9 mile section of the East Fork Trail is suitable for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing as part of a loop route to Anderson Butte from Elk City, in conjunction with Flatiron Ridge Trail #831 and Kirks Fork Trail #830. The total distance of this loop route via Anderson Butte is 12.7 miles round trip starting and ending at the lower terminus of Kirks Fork Trial #830.
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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
7.7 miles

  Elevation : 
4340 feet - 6480 feet