Split Creek Trailhead and River Access


Split Creek Pack Bridge, Lochsa River

Stop at the Split Creek Trailhead and take a break from your drive on the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway and enjoy a picnic while taking in views of the Lochsa River. The Split Creek Trailhead and river access area is located off US Highway 12 at milepost 112 on the Lochsa River—actually; one can hardly miss it due to the gorgeous wooden pack bridge spanning the Lochsa River which provides access to the 1.34 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness! The trailhead is equipped with a gravel parking area, hitch rails, and is a popular take-out for boaters.

Split Creek Pack Bridge, Lochsa River Split Creek View #1 Split Creek View #2 Split Creek View #3 Split Creek View #4

At a Glance

Fees No Fee.
Open Season: Year-round
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Spring
Closest Towns: Lowell, ID or Kooskia, ID
Water: Drinking water is not provided. A spring is available for watering stock.
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-926-4274

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Lochsa Downriver Trail, #2: 16 miles, approx. 7 hours; begins at US Hwy 12 and Split Creek Packbridge and ends at trail #203 (Sherman Creek Trail); Trail was primary access to Lochsa Historical Ranger Station prior to bridge construction (MP 111.4) and completion of Hwy 12; Traverses north face of Lochsa Canyon with good views of the river and surrounding mountains; Trail is maintained annually by volunteers; Located on steep rocky terrain, this trail is not recommended for bikes.

Split Creek Trail, #133: 11 miles, approx. 5 hours; Closed to all mechanized travel including bicycles.  Begins at Hwy 12 at Split Creek Pack Bridge (MP 111.4) and ends at junction with Eagle Mountain Trail #3 at Louse Lake;Access to Split Creek Ridge, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Louse Lake and Bridge; A long hot climb on a sunny day, so an early morning start is recommended. A spring 3 miles up is only water for 8 miles.

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