Deer Creek

Total Miles
5.4

Elevation

2,144.90 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

6

Moderate

Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

Deer Creek is a more challenging intermediate single track that is very rocky all throughout the trail. It starts elevated above a creek on a narrow trail covered in scree at the bottom of an exposed hillside. It goes through some really tall grass by the creek and it's hot and muggy and hard to see the trail. There are embedded boulders all throughout the trail, some loose rock, and several more scree sections. There's an intermediate rock ledge obstacles where you have to get over some of the bigger boulders. Most of the trail is pretty narrow with exposure above the creek. It has several stream crossings through the creek that are mostly easy, but some that are more difficult. One of the crossings has a difficult entrance that was a drop-off right next to a bunch of branches, and you have to take only one line otherwise it will suck you into a deep pool of water. Halfway through the trail, there is a huge pile of avalanche debris that is only partially cut. There's a pathway through it, but it's very technical because of many slick little branches on the ground and the packed snow drifting underneath the debris.

Photos of Deer Creek

Deer Creek
Deer Creek
Deer Creek

Difficulty

This trail is challenging trail due to so many rocks including boulders and scree, and avalanche debris half way through the trail that is only partially cut.

Technical Rating

6

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Access Description

The Greenhorn trails are an extensive trail system south of Ketchum Idaho that get a high amount of use from various recreational users including mountain bikers and horses and hiking in addition to dirt biking. There's a decent sized parking lot at the staging area for Greenhorn Trails, that can accommodate trailers, but doesn't allow camping, and gets full even on weekdays. The trails can also be accessed off of Warm Springs Road to the north and Deer Creek Road to the south, which both have places to camp. It's an extensive system with trails of varying difficulty from easy to advanced. This area can get really hot in the summer and doesn't have much shade. This area is very well signed and maintained, but most of the area doesn't have cell service, so download your maps ahead of time.

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