Cook Ranch Trail #586


From the trailhead on Road #421, the Cook Ranch trail follows Big Mallard Creek for .5 mile and then breaks out into a long, wide meadow for another 1.5 miles until it reaches Cook Ranch. At Cook Ranch, head northeast across Mallard Creek to pick up the trail tread at the tree line. A tree next to the trail is blazed. From here the trail alternately climbs and levels out for the next four miles and then drops into East Fork Mallard Creek. The lodgepole timber gets larger and more spread out as the trail climbs steeply out of the creek. The trail ends at its junction with Trails #503 and #580 at Boston Mountain, which is also the north-south boundary of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The top of Boston Mountain is grassy and open and offers an excellent view of Bargamin Creek and the Sheep Hill area to the east. NOTE: The first 500 feet of the trail cross private land, along with another mile at Cook Ranch.

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: 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 approximately 18 miles, past Red River Ranger Station, to its junction with South Fork Red River Road #1190. Turn east on Road #1190 and follow it for three miles to its junction with Big Mallard Creek Road #421. Turn southeast onto Road #421 and follow it for five miles to the Cook Ranch trailhead.



Hide detail HIDE

Day Hiking

Meadow hiking.
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
10.0 miles

  Elevation : 
5200 feet - 7600 feet