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Ketchum, ID: Hunter Creek

Share the trail with resident elk, deer and mountain goats on this 5.6-mile out-and-back in Idaho’s Boulder Mountains.

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Head to the east-facing reaches of Idaho’s Boulder Mountains for ample solitude—and a chance to hangout with resident elk, deer, and mountain goats. This 5.6-mile route crisscrosses Hunter Creek, a small tributary of the North Fork Big Lost River, and tops out in a sagebrush meadow with views of the surrounding high peaks.
From the trailhead, the route climbs along Hunter Creek to a smattering of wind-battered whitebark pine snags that dot Hunter Creek Summit, a 9,400-foot saddle separating the North Fork Big Lost and East Fork Salmon River watersheds. Beyond this turnaround point, many additional miles of lonely backcountry trails lead into the vast expanse of central Idaho wilderness.
Note: This trail is closed to all motorized travel.
-Mapped by Jason Kauffman

To Trailhead

Drive northeast on Trail Creek Rd. for 12 miles to Trail Creek Summit. From here, continue on the same road for another 8 miles to the left-hand turnoff for North Fork Rd. Follow this road along the North Fork Big Lost River for nearly 12 miles to the Hunter Creek trailhead.

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