Lynx Creek Trail #534

From the trailhead on Elk Mountain Road #285, the Lynx Creek trail begins to drop along a ridge to Lynx Meadows. Other than erosion in several places, this section of the trail is in good shape with little brush or windfall. This section of trail offers a spectacular view of Three Prong Mountain and The Drop Off. There is a campsite at Lynx Meadows, but it does not have suitable forage for stock. A small branch of Lynx Creek runs into the southern part of the meadows, with the main creek about one quarter mile to the south (steep grade). From Lynx Meadows, the trail continues downward for approximately three miles to its end at Forest Road #357. This is the best part of the trail, with little erosion and light windfall.

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee.
Usage: Medium
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 (now closed) to its junction with Nezperce Trail Road #468. Turn east onto Road #468 and follow it for 20 miles to its junction with Elk Mountain Road #285. Turn north on Road #285 and follow it for approximately 8 miles to the Lynx Creek trailhead.


Day Hiking

Good trail with good views.

Horse Riding

Spectacular view of Three Prong Mountain and The Drop Off.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
8.0 miles

  Elevation : 
4800 feet - 6800 feet