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Ditch Creek Trail #507


Ditch Creek Trail #507 begins at Ditch Creek campground on Red River Road #234. From the trailhead, the trail switchbacks steeply, gains 200 feet in elevation, levels out, and meanders in and out of the side draws that drain into Ditch Creek. The trail drops alongside the creek again at the Pasadena mining claim. Passing a dwelling and a ball mill, the trail crosses the creek twice on bridges, then veers to the right just before the third bridge, and continues in a northerly direction. Threading through lodgepole stands and two timber cutting units, the trail leaves the creek and climbs to its highest point, 5350 feet in elevation. This marks the divide between Ditch Creek and Siegel Creek drainages. The trail crosses this timbered ridge, crosses Road #1189, and begins a descent of two miles to the banks of Little Siegel Creek. The trail follows Little Siegel Creek, fording three times, and ends at the American Eagle Mine.

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: Access #1: From State Highway #14, turn South onto Red River-Dixie Road #222. Follow Road #222 for approximately 14 miles to its junction with the Red River Road #234 at the Red River Ranger Station (now closed). Turn east onto Road #234 and follow it approximately four miles to Ditch Creek campground. The trailhead is at the north end of the campground and unsigned. Note: This trail is very difficult to find but it parallels Ditch Creek about 200 feet above it. Access #2: From State Highway #14, turn South onto Red River-Dixie Road #222. Follow Road #222 for approximately 12 miles to its junction with Blanco Creek Road #1183. Turn east onto Road #1183 and follow it for 7 miles to its junction with Siegel-Hawk Road #1189. Turn northwest onto Road #1189 and follow it for 1.5 miles to the trailhead. Trail #507 is on both sides of the road and unsigned.



Hide detail HIDE

Day Hiking

Expect creek crosses on this route.
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
5.0 miles

  Elevation : 
4400 feet - 5200 feet