If you hike the Crooked River Trail, northeast of Idaho City, take along an extra pair of socks.
You've got to ford the creek, and it's cold.
The Crooked River Trail is a delightful hike for the family because it doesn't gain or lose much elevation.
The first 1.2 miles to the spot where you have to cross the creek is a good distance for youngsters. You can turn around and get a 2.4- mile hike in.
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The trail goes along the creek and there are plenty of places where you can skip rocks and fish.
Several small campsites make good places to have a picnic.
The trail is woodsy in spots, and the aspen and other brush along the creek are changing colors right now.
HOW TO GET THERE: 17 miles north of Idaho City on Idaho 21. Take the Atlanta road near Edna Creek Campground. Go a mile. GPS: 43 degrees, 57.311N; 115 degrees, 36.341W.
Open to: Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
Ideal for: Family hikers taking the short trek.
Trailhead elevation: 5,069 feet.
Destination elevation: Depending on the distance you hike, the elevation can drop to 4,924 feet.
Length: The trail is maintained for 4 miles.
Difficulty: Very easy, except for tip-toeing across the creek.
Out and back or loop: Out and back.
Wildlife you might see: I saw elk scat and a few songbirds.
Notes/bathrooms: Use the outhouse at Edna Creek Campground.
Information: None. Just do it.
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