East Fork Alder Creek

Garden Valley, Idaho (Boise County)

Last Updated: 07/12/2020
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Highlight: East Fork Alder Creek
This trail is in the Boise National Forest a few miles north of Placerville, an almost ghost town from the 1800s. From a population of 3,300, it has dwindled to 50 as of the last census. Placerville was established because of the gold and silver discovered in nearby Mineral Mountain. You can discover several mines near these trails end by exploring the link above. Garden Valley to the north is winter grazing for a huge herd of elk which frequent this area as well. Early spring is the best time to search for the prized antler racks that get shed yearly. Many animals live in this forest, including mountain lion, black bear, and wolf. The Boise National Forest is prized for its diversity, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, 4-wheeling, and just relaxing.


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The photos show the jeep exiting the trailhead, which will be on your left from Alder Creek Road. Photo 1 barely shows the track behind the left side. Photo 3 shows a faint track with the "Gatekeeper" in view. You can find a dispersed campsite just 600 feet before this trailhead, in addition to the campsite on Wash Creek Ridge Spur, at Waypoint 2.

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 6.5-miles to the trailhead on your left. It's not marked. 500 feet before this trailhead you will pass the trailhead for Wash Creek Ridge Spur which is marked 610C and 648.



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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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