Cayuse Creek

Pierce, Idaho 83546

Cayuse Creek

Cayuse Creek Professional Review and Guide

"Hikers who never like to be far from a clear mountain stream will enjoy this hike, the darling of fly fishers interested in decent trout waters away from the crowds. The trail runs along Cayuse Creek, a catch-and-release native cutthroat stream and tributary to another famous trout stream, Kelly Creek.

The hike leads to good camping areas near Pony Flats, a perfect base camp for day hiking and fishing (although the creek can get low in late summer and deeper pools are found downstream). The hike is easy, except for three fords of Cayuse Creek, which can be tricky as late as mid-July. Cayuse Creek was named by two trappers in 1887 when they dropped into the drainage and found a pony, or cayuse, that had wintered there."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 6 hours or overnight
July through September
3,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,650 feet
Top Elevation
Clearwater National Forest, North Fork District
Local Contacts
USGS Gorman Hill
Local Maps

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Sep 2018