Wash Creek Ridge Spur

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5/5 (2 reviews)
Garden Valley, Idaho (Boise County)
Last Updated: 07/10/2020
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Wash Creek Ridge Trail is in the Boise National Forest. It is 4 miles north of Placerville, Placerville was established in 1862 for gold, and silver mining, plus logging. Its peak population of 3,300 has dwindled to 50 as of the last census, so the town is little more than a ghost town. This trail ends near Mineral Mountain where there are still active mines, Mineral Hill Mine, Grand View Mine, and the Klondike, to name a few. Elk winter in Garden Valley to the north. The elk live in these mountains in large numbers the rest of the year. In early spring this trail is a prime hunting spot for their dropped antlers. Elk have predators besides man so stay alert for mountain lions, wolves, and bears.

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5/5 (2)
Visited: 02/16/2022

While technically this trail is open, it was inaccessible and undrivable for any motor vehicle with the possible exception of a snowmobile on the day I passed by and would expect it to be the same until the snow is substantially melted. Photo is of the southern trail head.
Trail Review: Wash Creek Ridge Spur  - Jon Houchin
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/09/2020

Patricia and I with our 2 fur babies had a great time today running this trail, a great camping spot near the road, with beautiful wildflowers along the trail. Closer to trails end there were tons of elk prints, we're going to come back in the early Spring to hunt for elk horns.
Trail Review: Wash Creek Ridge Spur  - Dennis Clark
Trail Review: Wash Creek Ridge Spur  - Dennis Clark
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