West Fork Alder Creek

Garden Valley, Idaho (Boise County)

Last Updated: 07/05/2020
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.12 miles
Highest Elevation: 4673 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Garden Valley
Nearest Town w/ Services: Horseshoe Bend
Official Road Name: 615B West Fork Alder Creek
Management Agency: Boise National Forest
District: Emmett Ranger District


Highlight: West Fork Alder Creek
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is an unmarked right turn off of Alder Creek Road. Don't be confused by the trail that is marked 615B, just 100 yards before this trail. The marked trail is now known as 615B Decoy. The third photo shows the trailhead for 615B Decoy, down on the left.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Banks

Go east on Banks-Lowman Road, 11.7 miles to 615 Alder Creek Road. Turn right/south, and travel 4.5-miles to the UNMARKED trailhead on your right.



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Dennis Clark

Mapping Crew - California and Idaho

Dennis Clark was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and after 76 years of living in So Cal he moved to Emmett, Idaho with his wife Patricia, has four adult children with many grand and great grandchildren. He has loved the outdoors since his Cub Scout and Boy Scout days while camping with the family. He's an archer, hunter and fisherman but no longer wishes to harm animals. He has been involved with photography since the 1960's. He became more of a serious hiker in 2010 when he started Geocaching and has hiked the three tallest peaks in So Cal, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy, along with most of the lesser peaks in search of caches. Geocaching started his love for the USFS Trail system as he used the trails frequently to get to certain trailheads. He had a 2002 Ford Ranger 2wd and its amazing where that little pickup took him. In 5 years of weekly geocaching he was only stuck once in some Palm Springs sand. His 2016 Wrangler Sport Unlimited was purchased in 2015. He has become quite lazy in the hiking department as he can now drive to most locations. He's looking forward to posting some trails and don't hesitate to ask him for any help you might need.
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