Patrol Ridge Trail #531

This trail is an access route into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Approximately one mile up the trail, a nonsystem trail branches off to the west. The sign at this junction displays an left-pointing arrow and the words, "WARM SPRINGS." The trail leads to an undeveloped, natural hot springs. The Patrol Ridge trail begins at a gentle grade following Warm Springs Creek for a quarter mile. The trail contours into a draw and crosses Patrol Creek, then climbs steeply for 500 feet. Leaving the large ponderosa pines behind, the trail passes over the end of Patrol Ridge and eases into a moderate climb. Straddling the ridge, the trail moves steadily higher into sparse lodgepole pine stands, and further on breaks out of the timber into open brush patches. The trail finally ends on a promontory near 6,400 feet at its junction with Grouse Ridge Trail #530. Together with Grouse Ridge Trail #530, the Patrol Ridge trail offers a loop trip of 8.5 miles.

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee.
Usage: Light
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 10.5 miles to its junction with Running Creek Road #357. Turn east onto Road #357 and follow it 11 miles to its end at Warm Springs Bar. Walk through the outfitter's base camp to the trailhead. Follow Grouse Ridge Trail #530 for 500 feet to the Patrol Ridge trailhead.


Day Hiking

Look for a natural hot springs along this trail.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

  Elevation : 
4100 feet - 6400 feet