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

Fees No Fee.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Elk City, Idaho
Water: Surface - must treat for drinking
Restroom: No
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 to its junction with Nezperce Trail Road #468. Turn east onto Road #468 and follow it to its junction with Elk Mountain Road #285. Turn north on Road #285 and follow it for 18.5 miles to the road's end and the Bilk Mountain trailheads. Trail #517 is on both sides of the road.

Activities


Hiking

Hide detail HIDE

Day Hiking

The first 3 miles of the trail reveal spectacular long distance views, nearby cliffs, unusual rock formations, and glimpses of Running Lake.
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
7.0 miles

  Elevation : 
6000 feet - 7600 feet