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Blue Jay Trail - No. 149

Contact Info
Boise National Forest
7259 State Hwy. 21
Lowman, ID 83637

Phone:
208-259-3361
Basics
Length:
4.9 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
4500 feet
Elevation Range:
4500 feet to 7800 feet
Elevation Change:
3300 feet
Season:
June to October

Description

This trail is an old, overgrown logging road that traverses grassy hillsides, open meadows, forest, and huckleberry bushes. Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir are replaced by subalpine fir and spruce as the trail ascends the ridge. The trail crosses Blue Jay Creek and due to the rocky crossing, fording the creek may prove difficult. This trail provides access to the Ten Mile Ridge Trail #157. A loop- like trip of approximately 11.5 miles could be made using both trails. The only water source is Blue Jay Creek at the lower end of the trail. Carry plenty of water.

Details

Length:
4.9 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
4500
Elevation Range:
4500 feet to 7800
Elevation Change:
3300
Season:
June to October
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Eightmile Mountain;Tyee Mountain
Additional Details:

Since many of the creeks may be dry by mid-summer, carry a day’s supply of safe drinking water. The recommended amount is one gallon per person, per day.

Treat stream water - Giardia is a serious water borne disease. Use a water filter that will screen for Giardia or boil all water for three minutes.

Every visitor shares the responsibility to keep the backcountry unspoiled and beautiful. Pack out what you pack in. For more information on minimum impact camping visit lnt.org.

Expect to meet other hikers, stock users, mountain bikers, and motorcyclists at your destination, especially during the weekend periods.

Wildfire is always a concern. Keep campfires well contained and never leave a campfire unattended. Extinguish all smoking materials properly.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Lowman, drive 17.1 miles east of the Lowman Ranger Station on State Highway 21 to FS Rd 025QB. Turn right onto FS Rd 025QB and drive approximately 0.5 mile to the signed trailhead. The last 0.3 mile of FS Rd 025QB, prior to the trailhead, is very rocky and steep. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.


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