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North Fork Asotin Creek Trail #3125

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10.9 mile 17.5 kilometer point to point
98% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,597' 487 m
Descent: -73' -22 m
High: 3,488' 1,063 m
Low: 1,965' 599 m

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Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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This trail runs along the north side of North Asotin Creek with sighting of big horn sheep possible.

Larry Haws

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No hiking permits are required but the Washington Discovery Pass is required in the trailhead parking area.

Runner Notes

In early spring, Lick Creek can be running strong. If so, make your way upstream and find a narrow section to cross.

The trail has a few rocky spots, but none are considered difficult. If running Asotin Creek in July and August rattlesnakes have been reported. Additionally, the one spring may not be flowing and there are no water sources. Bring plenty of water.

Description

The trailhead is on the left 15 miles from Asotin on Asotin Creek Road. From October to April a Forest Service gate will be closed on Asotin Creek Road .3 miles from the trailhead. Park near this gate in the winter.

From the parking area (Where a Discovery Pass will be required) the trail starts behind the steel gate and immediately crosses Lick Creek. The first half mile is a doubletrack along the side of a field and then you enter a fine dual and singletrack that takes you along Asotin Creek for ten miles. Take the time to enjoy the creek views and look closely for the mountain sheep on the cliffs above. The trail climbs higher above the creek and narrows in spots.

At about mile nine you'll find a pretty spring emerging from the wall right on the trail. This is will be running in the spring but may not have water in July and August. The Asotin Creek Trail ends at ten miles and starts up hill on to South Pinkham Trail. The trail is an easy 1250 ft. elevation gain in the ten miles.

Flora & Fauna

Spring on this loop brings a great show of wildflowers. Bighorn Mountain Sheep are often seen sunning themselves above Asotin Creek, but you will have to stop and look closely. They really blend into the rocks. If you are on a long, hard run, leave the camera at home. If not, charge your batteries. There are a lot of photo-ops to slow you down.

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The spring about eight miles up Asotin Creek Trail.
Feb 11, 2016 near Asotin, WA
Asotin Creek Trail turns to great singletrack about two miles from the trailhead.
Feb 11, 2016 near Asotin, WA
North Fork Asotin Creek.
Feb 11, 2016 near Asotin, WA
Trailhead, just beyond the gate and across Lick Creek.
Feb 11, 2016 near Asotin, WA
Big Horn Sheep above Asotin Creek Trail.
Feb 11, 2016 near Asotin, WA
Turn right here off of North Asotin Creek Trail to find North Pinkham Trail.
Feb 12, 2016 near Asotin, WA

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