Smith Ridge Trailhead

Located in the southern portion of the Mallard Larkins Roadless Area, this alpine trailhead offers dispersed camping and a rustic hiking/stock trail (Trail 240) which connects to many other trails in the area, making it a great place for day hikers as well as for those seeking a longer, more strenuous backpacking/stock packing trip.

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee.
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Restrictions: Year-Long Restriction on all Motorized Vehicles, including Bicycles.
Information Center: North Fork Ranger District, 208-476-4541

General Information


Cross the North Fork Clearwater River then immediately turn left off the pavement onto road 700. After about a mile the road leaves the river and turns north up the Isabella drainage. After about two more miles the road turns to the left, leaving Isabella Creek. Continue up the 700 road, climbing for ten more miles to the trailhead where the road crosses Smith Ridge Creek.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Day Hiking

The trail begins at the junction of FS Road 715, and ends at the junction with trail 243.

Trail 240: AKA Smith Ridge Trail; 5.8 miles; approx 3 hours; climbs 1600' in elevation; Reconstructed in the early 1990's, including the relocation of several segments, making the trail much improved and much less strenuous hike. Water not available close to trail; carry an adequate supply. Shown as Trail 347 on St. Joe NF Visitor Map. Some dispersed camping available along the trail.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Recreation Areas

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