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

Fees: No Fee.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Elk City, Idaho
Water: surface - must treat for drinking
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Red River Ranger District, 208-842-2245

General Information

Directions: From State Highway 14, turn south onto Red River-Dixie Road #222. Follow Road #222 past Red River Ranger Station (now closed) to its junction with Nezperce Trail Road #468. Turn east onto Road #468 and follow it for 20 miles to its junction with Elk Mountain Road #285. Turn north on Road #285 and follow it for 15.5 miles to the Archer trailhead, on the east side of the road at Windy Saddle.


Day Hiking

This trail drops 1,500 feet in two miles to the Running Creek drainage.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
5.0 miles

  Elevation : 
5200 feet - 6700 feet