North Fork Deer Creek

Total Miles
3.8

Elevation

2,260.30 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

The North Fork Deer Creek Trail starts in a gulch above a stream on a wide single track. It switchbacks up a hillside to get into a burn area of tall thick burnt trees. It's mostly a smooth dirt trail, but a few sections have embedded rock and boulders, including one small rock obstacle made of boulders, and a couple of roots here and there. There are three easy creek crossings that are all shallow but one is about 30 feet long. It has a good mix of sun and shade. This is one of the easier trails in the trail system because it has less exposure and goes through nice open meadows instead of steep hillsides. It goes past a really beautiful alpine lake near the north end. Taking this trail in from Deer Creek Road is a great way to access the entire trail system if staging on Deer Creek Road.

Difficulty

This is an easier single track with rocks and creek crossings.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

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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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