Kirks Fork Trail #830

Kirks Fork Trail #830 is the most direct and easiest route to the Divide Area between American River and Meadow Creek. Many trails are accessed from Divide Trail #505. A number of day trips are possible from the Elk City area using the Kirks Fork Trail, including hiking, horseback riding, and motorcycle riding. Longer trips are popular into the Meadow Creek drainage, particularly to Selway Falls using Meadow Creek Trail #726. Big game hunters use Kirks Fork Trail from September through November each year. The trail grade ranges from easy at the lower end to moderate as it approaches the main ridge. The trail tread is recessed below ground level at places near the main ridge, and this rutting can be hazardous for motorcycles. Width and height clearance are more than adequate for all forms of travel. Kirks Fork Trail is suitable for day trips for cross-country skiers on a round trip basis, and for long trips utilizing the Boundary Trail and the Divide Trail. Travelers on snow who plan a trip of several days into the Meadow Creek drainage should be aware that snow depth may be considerably less along Meadow Creek than at higher elevations, and this route may not be suitable for winter trips by ski or snow machine.

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles allowed, except motorcycles and snowmobiles.
Closest Towns: Elk City, Idaho
Water: No
Restroom: No
Information Center: Red River Ranger District, 208-842-2245

General Information

Directions: 4.7 miles northeast of Elk City, Idaho, via the American River-Selway Road #443 and Flatiron Ridge Road #1809; about 2.6 miles northeast of Upper Kirks Ford Road #1810.


Day Hiking

A number of day trips are possible from the Elk City area using the Kirks Fork Trail.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.0 miles

  Elevation : 
4170 feet - 6400 feet