7259 State Hwy. 21
Lowman, ID 83637
- 13 miles
- 9 - 10 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 4800 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 4800 feet to 6920 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 2120 feet
- June to October
This trail passes through a narrow valley paralleling Warm Springs Creek and Deadman Creek. Steep sections of the trail offer views of the Sawtooth Mountains. The recommended direction of travel is from the south trailhead at Warm Springs Campground to the north trailhead at Bull Trout Lake Campground.
From the south trailhead, there are opportunities for four to six mile day hikes to the bridge at Bush Creek. Also, beginning 2.5 miles from the south trailhead, there are several locations for valley and streamside dispersed campsites. From the north trailhead, at Bull Trout Campground, there is an easy 2.5 mile hike to a vista overlooking Deadman Canyon.
Carry a day’s supply of safe water. Giardia is a serious problem. Use a filter or boil all water for three minutes to prevent Giardia. It is recommended that one-gallon of water per person, per day be available. Many of the creeks in the area may be dry by mid- summer.
Every visitor shares the responsibility to keep the backcountry unspoiled and beautiful. Remember to “take only pictures, leave only footprints” and pack out what you pack in. For more information on minimum impact camping visit lnt.org.
Due to the traditional popularity of this backcountry trail, you can expect to meet other hikers, stock users, mountain bikers, and motorcyclists at your destination, especially during the weekend periods.
Wildfire is always a concern. Never leave a campfire unattended. Campfires should be well contained and smoking materials should be extinguished properly.
Map + Directions
ACCESS #1 - From the South Fork Lodge, in Lowman, on State Highway 21, go northeast for about 19 miles to a trail sign at milepost 91. Turn left at the trail sign and go about one mile to Warm Springs Guard Station. Turn right at the trail sign. The signed trail begins at the northeast edge of the landing field near a registration box and stock-loading ramp. The road leading to the Guard Station and landing field is open only to non-motorized traffic from December 51 to April15.
ACCESS #2 - From the South Fork Lodge, in Lowman, on State Highway 21, go northeast on Highway 21 about 34 miles to the intersection of FS Rd 520 (Bull Trout Lake Road). Go southeast on FS Rd 520 about a 1.5 miles. A registration box and the signed trailhead is on the west side of FS Rd 520 about a quarter mile north of the campground.