West Fork Alder Creek

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4/5 (3 reviews)
Garden Valley, Idaho (Boise County)
Last Updated: 07/05/2020

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The west fork of Alder Creek is in the beautiful Boise National Forest. It is mid-way between Placerville to the south and Garden Valley to the north. Placerville is a border-line ghost town from the 1800s and it's by-gone mining and logging prosperity. Garden Valley, with the south fork of the Payette River running through it, is internationally known for its white-water kayaking. The foliage and forest canopy of this trail has to be experienced to fully appreciate the beauty you will see from this trail. It is also a major ranging area for thousands of elk. The trail itself is well known to campers and hunters alike. This trail is in hunter unit #33 for those needing to research seasons and game.

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4/5 (3)
Rated 3/5
Visited: 07/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The trail is very overgrown. I think it’s better for a motorcycle or four wheeler.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/22/2020

Absolutely beautiful trail. Heavenly views and pinstripes from hell.
Trail Review: West Fork Alder Creek - Justin R
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/28/2020

My wife and I ran this trail recently. Be prepared for extreme pinstripping for most of the trail. Those sections will not be fun if you meetup with someone coming the other way. It is one of the most beautiful trails we've driven in Idaho with the dense folaige, meadow areas and creek running alongside most of the trail.
Trail Review: West Fork Alder Creek - Dennis Clark
Trail Review: West Fork Alder Creek - Dennis Clark
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