Bilk Mountain Trail #517
Bilk Mountain Trail #517 begins in a saddle 0.5 mile south of Bilk Mountain (north of Elk Mountain). The trail drops 400 feet and contours around the head of Running Creek. It follows a ridge between Running Creek and Schwar Creek to Elk Mountain. The first 3 miles of the trail reveal spectacular long distance views, nearby cliffs, unusual rock formations, and glimpses of Running Lake. The trail contours around Elk Mountain and switchbacks for one mile to the terminus of Road #285. Cutting of switchbacks on this main trail has caused trench erosion and multiple treads. Please stay on the main trail and do not cut the switchbacks. After crossing Road #285, the trail drops into Spook Creek. The creek bottom is dense with ceanothus, mountain maple, and willow. The trail climbs out of Spook Creek via steep switchbacks, follows a ridge southwest for a mile, and ends at the junction with Spook Trail #513. Combined with Spook Creek Trail #513 and Road #285, the Bilk Mountain trail offers a loop trip of 7.5 miles.
At a Glance
|Closest Towns:||Elk City, Idaho|
|Water:||Surface - must treat for drinking|
|Information Center:||Red River Ranger District, 208-842-2245|