Trail Creek Road

Trail Creek Road in ID is not for the novice mountain drivers

Trail Creek Road is a very scenic high mountain drive located on the boundary of Blaine and Custer counties in the center of the U.S. state of Idaho. The drive is not for the faint of heart. There is a reason that heavy vehicles and vehicles pulling trailers are not allowed on this trail.

How long is Trail Creek Road?

The road is 65.66km (40.8 miles) long and runs from Ketchum, a city in Blaine County towards Highway 93. This road is not for the novice mountain driver – there is no room for mistakes! More than half of the road is dirt mixed with tire-eating, pyramid-shaped rocks. Expect a crazy steep drop off, one-way narrow gravel road, and beautiful scenery. You don't need 4WD-- you can drive any type of car on it- but is a bit rocky and potholed in sections. It is recommended that beginner riders avoid this road. The road tops out at Trail Creek Summit, at an elevation of 2.411m (7,910ft) above the sea level. The road is notorious for teaching folks how to find their spare tire. Make sure you have a full-size spare (not a donut), and make sure it is in good condition. The rough, gravel – barely two lane – roadway has steep drop offs and is often plagued with rockslides and/or washed out areas.

How long does it take to drive Trail Creek Road?

Trailers are not recommended. Expect some steep parts. The route is dangerous. Not recommended to newbies. Along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous dropoffs. Travel time is dependent on the conditions of the road and the number of times that you stop along the way to take in the scenic wonders.

Is Trail Creek Road open?

This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. You're well advised to keep both eyes on the road at all times. Pretty view, though. Just don't become part of it. The gravel, basically non-maintained roadway is closed during the winter months, but is plowed open when warmer weather comes back to the area. It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns. Only passable during the summer, the road is closed by double-digit feet deep show during the winter. Many times during the winter, the road is also damaged by dirt and rock avalanches.


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