Arco Pass to Iron Creek

Total Miles
1.9

Elevation

1936.64 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This 2-mile track takes you further down the Arco Pass Road to the Iron Creek Spur into Corral Canyon. The views are amazing, the wildlife is plentiful, and the scenery is hard to beat. You're at about 6300 feet in the Challis National Forest. Early in the springtime, this trail may be covered with snow and/or mud.

Difficulty

Easy riding unless it's early spring or after a heavy rain. Snow may be present, and erosion happens in places with run-off.

History

The Shoshone Indians first called this area home, as did the Blackfoot Indians. Fur trappers working for the North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company led trappers and explorers here in the early 1800s. Hudson Bay Company's last expedition between 1830 and 1832 found the beaver population so eradicated by earlier trappers that they abandoned trapping in this area. The Lost River Valley from Arco to Mackay is rich in mining history, and there is a wonderful museum in Mackay.

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

From South Front Street (Highway 20) in Arco, take Highway Drive to where the Arco Pass to Hurst Canyon track begins. You can stage in Arco, or you can stage at the beginning of the Arco Pass to Hurst Canyon track. Follow the Hurst Canyon track to the Horsethief Spur #3 track to where this track starts.