Sable Hill Trail #611

The trailhead for Sable Hill Trail is eight miles from the nearest road. From the junction of Sable Hill Trail #611 and Parallel Trail #668, the Sable Hill trail begins on top of a wide ridge covered with lodgepole pine. It switchbacks up the ridge and tops out at the junction of the spur trail that ends in one-quarter mile at the old Sable Hill lookout site. From this junction, Trail #611 turns north and follows another ridge past thickets of ceanothus and alder brush. After an half mile, the trail drops off the ridge and contours down to Biscuit Creek. This cool, shady spot offers a good place for a rest stop and the only stock water on the trail. Past the creek, the trail starts a steep, winding descent through ponderosa pine and open hillsides. After 6 miles and a descent of 3000 feet, the trail ends at its junction with Simmons Creek Trail #672 on Sable Creek. Combined with other trails, the Sable Hill trail offers several loop trips (see information for Divide Trail #505, Parallel Trail #668, and West Fork Sable Creek Trail #672).

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No motorized vehicle use allowed, except motorcycles.
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 for approximately 14 miles to its junction with the Red River Road #234 at the Red River Ranger Station (now closed). Turn east onto Road #234 and follow it approximately 10.5 miles to the Hot Springs trailhead across the road from Bridge Creek campground. Follow Hot Springs Trail #504 northeast for 3 miles to the Divide trailhead. Follow Divi8de Trail #505 east for 0.25 mile to the Parallel trailhead. Follow Parallel Trail #668 north for 5 miles to the Sable Hill trailhead.


Day Hiking

Take a short hike or longer loop trips.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.0 miles

  Elevation : 
3200 feet - 6000 feet