East Fork Jarbidge River and Cougar Creek Loop

Rogerson, Idaho 83302

East Fork Jarbidge River and Cougar Creek Loop

East Fork Jarbidge River and Cougar Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The East Fork Jarbidge River-Cougar Creek Loop is one of the premier backcountry experiences in the Jarbidge Mountains. The unparalleled scenery is only one of the many rewards found along the loop, which passes through a wide variety of topography. The plant zones experienced along the route are equally as diverse.

The fine assortment of tree species includes aspen, cottonwood, mountain mahogany, juniper, subalpine fir and limber pine. Where trees are absent, open slopes carpeted with grasses and sagebrush are complemented nicely by dramatic vistas. Early summer is graced with a bounty of wildflowers, for which the Jarbidge Mountains are noted, including such varieties as arnica, agoseris, balsamroot, bluebells, columbine, forget-me-not, geranium, lupine, meadowrue, monkey flower, monkshood, paintbrush, shooting star, and yarrow."

East Fork Jarbidge River and Cougar Creek Loop Reviews

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10/4/2005
Very nice trail in fall when aspens had turned. Lots of good views up and down drainages. Plus, there was a dead horse right on the trail. And how often do you see that? (Hopefully this will be gone soon, I called the Forest Service). As the guide says, you gain and lose a lot of altitude on this trail. It's demoralizing when, coming down the E. Fork of the Jarbidge (BTW, there's only one "R" it's misspelled on this website) you suddenly switchback up the canyon several hundred feet, knowing you will lose this altitude again shortly. Also, guide calls it 29 mile loop but add up stated distances and it's a 34 mile loop.
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Trail Information

Rogerson
Nearby City
29
Distance
5,990 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 - 5 days
Duration
Usually open late June to mid-October; best July
Season
Humboldt National Forest, Jarbidge Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Robinson Peak, Gods Pocket Peak
Local Maps

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Oct 2018