Bat Creek Trail #585

This trail is an access route into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Parking space at the trailhead is limited to roadside pull offs. There is a good dispersed campsite with a toilet at Mallard Creek, a quarter mile south of the trailhead. From the trailhead on Big Mallard Creek Road #421, the Bat Creek trail climbs steeply but drops into a small draw after one mile. Here is the first creek crossing plus the remains of an old bridge. The trail levels past the creek and only drops 300 feet in elevation for the next two miles. It passes into and out of three minor draws, all of which have small streams in them. Since the timber in the area is mostly large, mature Douglas-fir and Ponderosa pine, the trail is shaded most of the day. After the trail goes through the last draw, it comes out onto the point of a ridge. The country is more open here on the breaks of the Salmon River. The trail ends at its junction with Bat Point Trail #503 at the boundary of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No motorized vehicle use allowed.
Closest Towns: Elk City, Idaho
Water: surface - must treat for drinking
Restroom: None
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 for approximately 18 miles, past Red River Ranger Station (now closed), to its junction with South Fork Red River Road #1190. Turn east onto Road #1190 and follow it for 3 miles to its junction with Big Mallard Creek Road #421. Turn southeast onto Road #421 and follow it for 8.5 miles to the Bat Creek trailhead.


Day Hiking

From the trees to the breaks of the Salmon River.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.0 miles

  Elevation : 
5200 feet - 5600 feet