Spook Creek Trail #513

From the trailhead on Elk Mountain Road #285, the Spook Creek trail begins with good tread and follows a ridge southwest toward Spook Creek. In less than a mile, near the end of this ridge, a hunter trail forks to the south. Stay on the Forest Service blazed trail and continue west in a very steep descent. The trail, as it loses elevation, becomes little more than a game trail in places, passing through dense patches of willow, ceanothus, and mountain maple. The user will cross a tributary and then Spook Creek before beginning the climb out of the drainage. The trail will improve as it nears the ridge top. At mile 2.5, Bilk Mountain Trail #517 branches off to the east. The Spook Creek trail continues west, drops into Schwar Creek, and ends at its junction with Trail #726.

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Elk City, Idaho
Water: Surface - must treat for drinking
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 16.5 miles to the Spook Creek trailhead.



Stay on the Forest Service blazed trail.

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  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

  Elevation : 
4400 feet - 6800 feet