Porters Trail #508

From the trailhead on Road #222, Porters Trail meanders alongside several small meadows close to the West Fork of Red River for one mile. Then the trail begins to gently rise and contour into minor draws with small running streams. The trail winds through thick stands of lodgepole pine as it follows the West Fork drainage in a westerly direction. After 4 miles, the trail levels off in a saddle and crosses a wide ridge to an old hunting camp marked by a broken-down pole corral and several tent pads. Here at the headwaters of Moose Butte Creek, Dixie Summit Trail #207 branches to the left (west). Porters Trail turns to the north, follows a ridge, drops 300 feet between miles 5 and 6, and gently rises to the old Porters lookout site which this trail was named after. Water sources along this trail are uncertain. It is best to pack your own water.

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No motorized vehicle use allowed, except snowmobiles.
Closest Towns: Elk City, Idaho
Water: Surface, not 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 for approximately 21 miles to Porters trailhead, on the right (west) just before the bridge over the West Fork of Red River.



Start out along meadows and small streams, travel along to old hunting camps and an old lookout.

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  Area/Length : 
15.0 miles

  Elevation : 
5200 feet - 6400 feet