Archer Trail #529
This trailhead is at the junction with Elk Mountain Road #285 at Windy Saddle. From scenic Windy Saddle, the Archer trail drops 1,500 feet in two miles to the Running Creek drainage. There are few switchbacks, only token meanders to break downward momentum, presumably to prevent rolling all the way to Running Creek. The trail crosses two small streams before Running Creek. Beyond, the trail climbs a less rocky and eroded, though more brushy, patch for 1.5 miles, and winds through a strange and wonderful area of rock formations on relatively level land. A steep grade into Tom Creek completes the last mile of the Archer trail as it joins Trail #562 at the boundary of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Note: Trail #529 continues into the Moose Creek District for 11 more miles. Campsites and stock water sources are located enroute.
At a Glance
|Closest Towns:||Elk City, Idaho|
|Water:||surface - must treat for drinking|
|Information Center:||Red River Ranger District, 208-842-2245|