Wash Creek Ridge Spur

Garden Valley, Idaho (Boise County)

Last Updated: 07/10/2020
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Highlight: Wash Creek Ridge Spur
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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The trailhead is marked with 610C and also 648. 648 is actually 500 feet further south on Alder Creek Road.

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 6.4-miles to the trailhead on your left. It is marked 610C and 648. 648 East Fork Alder Creek trailhead is another 500 feet down the road on the left.



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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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