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West Fork Rapid River Trail #113

Intermediate
 4.5 (4)

The low elevation and arid climate make for a great run on this trail any time of the year.


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12.5

Miles

20.1

KM

86%

Runnable

6,143' 1,872 m

High

2,276' 694 m

Low

4,270' 1,302 m

Up

402' 123 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

To access this trail, you can park at the end of the Rapid River Road above the fish hatchery.

Head south along the river for 3.8 miles on the West Fork Rapid River Trail #113 to a junction overlooking the confluence of the two forks of the Rapid River. Stay on Trail #113 to the right. Parallel the West Fork for another 3.2 miles until you come to the McCrea Cabin. This scenic spot is a great place to take a break, or have lunch. In addition to the cabin remains, there is a lovely open meadow that is perfect for a picnic.

Most will turn back at this point taking the same trail back or get adventurous on what is left of the Cannonball Mountain Trail #55 for a loop back to the trailhead that offers vista views as it traverses the canyon walls you just came up. Be aware that the trail is mostly unmarked and can be difficult to find.

West Fork Rapid River Trail #113 continues to climb to the south for another 5 or so miles. Eventually, this trail will enter the Hells Canyon Wilderness, where it will come to its end.

Flora & Fauna

You'll be shaded by a mixed forest of pine and aspen along the way, and you'll also pass through areas where dry grasslands follow the trail. Wildflowers of various types can be seen in the late spring and summer months.

Contacts

Shared By:

Joseph States

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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Photos

The second bridge on the West Fork Rapid River Trail.
Apr 29, 2017 near Council, ID
West Fork Rapid River Trail #113 from Riggins Fish Hatchery.
Jul 27, 2016 near Joseph, OR
McCree Cabin (United States Property - No trespassing). Emergency shelter and supplies inside.
Sep 5, 2017 near Council, ID
West Fork Rapid River Trail as seen from the Riggins Fish Hatchery.
Jul 25, 2016 near Joseph, OR
Please be respectful of the long mining history present in the area.
Jul 25, 2016 near Council, ID
First Bridge.
Jul 27, 2016 near Joseph, OR

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Apr 3, 2019
Tim Oberholzer
First time on the trail. All singletrack. Ran out-n-back to the first trail junction. All manageable inclines. A few brief rocky sections. 7.6mi — 1h 28m