Green Mountain Trail #541


The trailhead is a particularly scenic location atop Green Mountain with views into Montana and Oregon. From the sunny meadow crowning Green Mountain, the trail begins a steep, 3-mile, 1,600-foot drop into Meadow Creek through stands of lodgepole pine. Meadow Creek is aptly named, as the trail meanders through grassy cleanings along the stream. Trail #541 takes a moderate gradient climbing out of the meadow and levels to a crossing of Butter Creek. From this drainage, the trail climbs to a ridge top and a junction with Divide Trail #505. This ridge marks the divide between the Meadow Creek and Red River drainages. From here the trail descends gradually for 2.75 miles, crosses the creek numerous times, and ends on Butter Creek Road #1166.

At a Glance

Fees No Fee.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Closed to all motorized vehicles.
Closest Towns: Elk City, Idaho
Water: Surface - must treat for drinking
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 approx. 14.5 miles, past the now closed Red River Ranger Station, to Nezperce Trail Road #468. Turn east onto Road #468 and continue approx. 20 miles to elk Mountain Road #285. Turn north onto Road #285 and continue approx. 4 miles to the Green Mountain turnoff. The trailhead is up this road .75 miles on the northwest side of the lookout. Access #2: From State Highway 14, turn south onto Red River-Dixie Road #222 and continue approx. 14 miles to Red River Road #234 at the Red River Ranger Station (now closed). turn east onto Road #234 and follow it approx. 10.5 miles to Butter Creek Road #1166. Turn east onto Road #1166 and continue approx. one mile to the Green Mountain trailhead.



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From here you can see Oregon and Montana.

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  Area/Length : 
10.0 miles

  Elevation : 
4900 feet - 7200 feet