7259 State Hwy. 21
Lowman, ID 83637
- 11.7 miles
- 9 - 11 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 4440 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 4440 feet to 8640 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 4200 feet
- June to October
Panoramic views from the top of the ridge on this trail include views of the Sawtooths to the east. The only source of water on this trail is at the trailhead, so be sure to take plenty of water. Loop-like trails can be made by using Blue Jay Trail #149 or Wapiti Creek Trail #160. This trail provides access to the Sawtooth Wilderness. Please note that 7 miles of this trail are for non- motorized use only; 4.7 miles accommodate motorized vehicles. The non-motorized portion of this trail begins by following an old road from the trailhead to a footbridge that crosses Ten Mile Creek. The trail continues upstream for three- quarters of a mile where there is a fork. Trail users will take the left fork to begin a strenuous elevation climb. The trail climbs onto Ten Mile Ridge at 7800 ft.; a gain of about 3400 feet over the first 5 miles. The going gets easier here where the trail follows Ten Mile Ridge. At 6.7 miles, the trail intersects the Blue Jay Trail and is open to motorcycles. Continuing east along the ridge, the trail intersects Wapiti Creek Trail at 11.7 miles, where it becomes non- motorized before entering the Sawtooth Wilderness at 0.6 miles past the intersection.
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
From Lowman, drive 12.1 miles east of the Lowman Ranger Station on State Highway 21 to FS Rd 531. Turn right onto FS Rd 531, drive over a bridge, and veer left another 0.1 miles. After an additional 0.3 miles, follow the road straight. Pass another side road and, at 1.0 mile, go left at the sign for Ten Mile Trail #157. There is a stock ramp at the trailhead as well as several dispersed campsites nearby.