Otterson Creek Trail #588

From the trailhead, Otterson Butte Trail crosses Red River and heads west along the base of a ridge for a quarter mile. It turns abruptly to the north, climbs to the end of the ridge, and levels off for approximately one half mile. Then it alternately climbs and levels into benches along the ridge to the divide between the Red River and Meadow Creek drainages. The trail ends in an open meadow at its junction with Divide Trail #505. Bridge Creek campground is located one half mile north of the trailhead on Road #234. Together with Divide Trail #505, the Otterson trail offers several loop trips (see information for Divide Trail #505, Hot Springs Trail #504, and Green Mountain Trail #541).

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No motorized vehicle use allowed.
Closest Towns: Elk City, Idaho
Water: No
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 for approximately 14 miles to its junction with Red River Road #234 at Red River Ranger Station (now closed). Turn east onto Road #234 and follow it for approximately 10 miles. the trailhead is just past the bridge over Shissler Creek, on the left side (northwest) of the road.


Day Hiking

Head west, climb to the ridge, climb some more, level on a bench and end up in an open meadow.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles

  Elevation : 
4800 feet - 5900 feet