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    Little Elk Creek

    Swan Valley, Idaho

    Little Elk Creek

    Little Elk Creek Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "There are some beautiful views in the highest part of the Snake River Range up this creek. No livestock or motor vehicles are allowed. Little Elk Creek is not a trail for the weak or inexperienced. It’s a long, steep 4 miles. From the trail’s beginning at 5,960 feet to your destination, a nameless mountain at 9,200 feet, it’s a 3,240-foot climb.

    The first third of the hike is forested, and the beginning is deceptively gentle, but as soon as you pass by Conglomerate Canyon 1 mile from the trailhead, the route becomes more difficult."

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    Rockland, ID
    Ranger | 3307 pts
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    8/5/2011
    This hike is a great workout and beautiful. I saw mountain goats both times I hiked it. It is definitely worth a side trip to climb Mount Baird as described in the trail guide. I backpacked the loop that continues with Waterfall Canyon, Upper and Lower Palisades Lakes, and Palisades Creek. It was a killer four miles to get to the top of Little Elk Creek Pass with a backpack, but then I had 16 miles of downhill.
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    Oak Park Heights, MN
    Explorer | 31 pts
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    8/13/2008
    Beautiful trail. Quick to the top. Can throw snowballs in august! Perhaps do some skiing in july. No dirt bike. only moose, bears, and horseback enthusiasts. Good times. Good view of the reservior. Trails continues to a giant spring waterfall then to 2 high alpine lakes and out palisade canyon. that would take 2-3 days.
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    Trail Information

    Swan Valley
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    Trail Guides

    Hiking Idaho

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    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    8
    Distance
    3,240 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Difficult
    Skill Level
    Long day hike or overnight
    Duration
    Best mid-July to mid-September
    Season
    5,960 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    9,200 feet
    Top Elevation
    Palisades Ranger District, (208) 523-1412
    Local Contacts
    Mount Baird and Palisades Dam USGS quadrangles
    Local Maps

    Trail Log