Idaho City, ID: Crooked River Trail

Trace the banks of the Crooked River on this 6.6-mile out-and-back in Boise National Forest that links picturesque fishing holes and a sandy strip of beach.
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Trace the banks of the Crooked River on this 6.6-mile out-and-back in Boise National Forest that links picturesque fishing holes and a sandy strip of beach.

This scenic, 6.6-mile out-and-back meanders along the Crooked River and boasts abundant fishing holes and a sandy beach. Start at the Crooked River Trailhead and hike south. Almost immediately, the path crosses Edna Creek on a footbridge, then winds through old and new growth forests spotted with clearings.
Near the end of the first mile, the route steepens for a short distance before passing car-sized boulders. (Anglers can scramble up truck-sized boulders to access a deep fishing hole before continuing on.) Half a mile later, cross the river by boulder hopping or fording. After 2 miles, the cool, shaded trail passes a rocky perch overlooking the river—peer down the rocky face for striking views. From here, it’s another mile to a sandy area where you can relax or take a dip in the cool river before hiking back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by John Harlan

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.6

Waypoints

CRK001

Location: 43.9552902, -115.6053114

Hike south from the Crooked River Trailhead and immediately cross Edna Creek on a footbridge.

CRK002

Location: 43.9462376, -115.6089163

Roughly a mile in, the trail steepens for a short distance before passing car-sized boulders. Anglers: Scramble up the boulders to access a deep fishing hole.

CRK003

Location: 43.943024, -115.6069422

The trail continues to parallel Crooked River. Ahead: Hike past the confluence of Summit Creek and Crooked River.

CRK004

Location: 43.9410464, -115.6059122

Ford or boulder hop across Crooked River, then continue south along the river.

CRK005

Location: 43.9353062, -115.6037772

Peer over a sheer vertical overlook to see the river below.

CRK006

Location: 43.928955, -115.6011701

Pass a creek drainage on the right. From here, the path travels another mile to a sandy beach (listen to the sounds of the river as you hike).

CRK007

Location: 43.9162428, -115.5951619

Relax on this sandy strip of beach or take a dip in the cool river. For more solitude, hike farther south on a lesser-traveled section of trail. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.

Crooked River

Location: 43.943024, -115.6067061

Crooked River Trailhead

Location: 43.9552747, -115.6050754

The trailhead is located 1.5 miles from Edna Creek Campground. Five parking spots are available here.

Overlooking Crooked River

Location: 43.9353139, -115.6036699

Sandy Beach

Location: 43.9162428, -115.5949903