Hiking & Trails

Sunset Lookout Trail (Steep)

It's one steep trail.

The snow-covered road from Mores Creek Summit to Sunset Lookout climbs about 600 feet in a mile.

It's herringbone city on cross-country skis. It's a one-step-at-a-time trudge on snowshoes . On a snowmobile, just gun it.

The Sunset Lookout Road takes off in the opposite direction as the Pilot Peak Road at the Mores Creek Summit winter recreation parking lot, northeast of Idaho City.

The climb may be steep but the road levels off and cuts through groves of pine and fir trees.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive about 55 miles northeast of Boise on Idaho 21. It's on the right side of the road.

The views are heavenly.

Open to: Nordic skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers.

Ideal for: Snowshoers, because it's ungroomed.

Trailhead elevation: 6,115 feet.

Destination elevation: 7,895 feet.

Length: One to four miles depending on your stamina (about 8 miles round trip).

Difficulty: Steep.

Out and back or loop: Out and back.

Wildlife you might see: Songbirds.

Notes/bathrooms: Potable toilets are at Mores Creek parking lot. Dogs are allowed, but you have to keep them under control.

Information: Check a map of the Boise National Forest.

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