Hiking & Trails

Deadwood Ridge Trail (Advanced)

It doesn't take long to get to great views on the Deadwood Ridge Trail near Lowman. The trail is steep and climbs from the bottom of the South Fork of the Payette River canyon at 3,200 feet in elevation to remote areas at 6,000 to 7,000 feet in elevation.

It's definitely an advanced single-track trail for mountain bikers and dirt bikers, with sharp turns and hold-on-to-your-handlebars downhill runs.

The trail follows Deadwood Ridge, high above the Deadwood River and leads up into Whitehawk Basin.

Hikers may shy away from the trail because of motorcycle use. There are plenty of non-motorized trails elsewhere.

Getting there: Go north on Idaho 55 to Banks. Turn east on the Banks to Lowman Highway. The trail is 17 miles past Garden Valley Ranger Station.

Open to: Mountain bikes, motorcycles, horses and hikers.

Ideal for: Motorcyclists and hard core mountain bikers.

Trailhead elevation: 3,200 to 3,500 feet.

Destination elevation: 6,000 to 7,000 feet.

Length: It's 25 miles to Whitehawk Basin.

Difficulty: Advanced.

Out and back or loop: Out and back or loop with the Julie Creek Trail.

Wildlife you might see: Deer and elk.

Notes/bathrooms: $3 fee for parking at the campground. Outhouse available.

Information: Lowman Ranger District, 259-3361.

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