Deep Creek Crest

Pocatello, Idaho 83205

Deep Creek Crest

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Cross-country hike to the crest of a southern Idaho Great Basin mountain range and fine views. This is a rare opportunity to drive to a pass near the summit of a narrow Basin and Range mountain and hike along it without following a motor track.

At the pull-off area, there is an obvious old track that leads steeply uphill through some brush with an old NO MOTOR VEHICLES post in the middle of it. Follow it and climb steeply. The old track fades, and you break out onto a trail-less, open slope. Grand views are instantaneous."

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This is a great hike if you are comfortable off trail and if you don't mind a lot of up and down as you follow the main ridge line over numerous minor peaks. It is best to hike this as early in the year as road conditions allow access, because the flowers start blooming in April and are nearly done by the end of June. There are a couple of spots where it would be easy to get off on the wrong ridge, which would drop you into Rockland Valley, far from your car. The first one is at 42.484288°, -112.706850°, where you will need to take the less-obvious ridge to the right (northeast) instead of the more obvious ridges to the left. The second one won't be an issue as you head north, but as you come back, when you get to 42.552106°, -112.704636°, be sure to take the ridge to the left (southeast), rather than the more obvious route on the right. If you like solitude, this is a great choice: except during general deer hunting season, you will probably have the whole mountain range to yourself.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Best June through September
7,250 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,855 feet
Top Elevation
BLM Pocatello Field Office (208) 478-6375; Upper Snake River Field Office, (208) 524-7524
Local Contacts
Deep Creek Peak USGS quadrangle; Pocatello, Idaho, BLM Surface Management Status map
Local Maps

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Dec 2018