Crestline Trail (#109)
ElevationAscent: 2,745' 837 m
Descent: -4,381' -1,335 m
High: 7,868' 2,398 m
Low: 5,563' 1,696 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“Run through the big, open country of the Salmon River Mountains.”— Keith Lannom
Because this area burned in '94, the dead trees are really starting to come down now. In 2016, the trail was cleared by the Idaho State Trail Rangers, but a heavy winter snowfall and some wind will bring down more trees. Be prepared to climb over, step over, or crawl under some dead lodgepole pines. Because this trail is open to motorcycles, it tends to get cleared out by the motorcycle riders as the summer goes along.
There are a couple of short spur trails that will take you to Pearl Lake, Brush Lake, and Box Lake. Those may not be cut out by motorcycle riders.
Other than the downed trees, the Crestline Trail is pretty manageable. Except for the climb that starts after Box Creek. It's about a 1,000 feet in almost 2 miles. There are great views from the top (7,890').
After the big climb, the trail begins to descend nicely to Blackwell Lake. The Crestline Trail (#109) ends about 1.6 miles after Blackwell Lake. Pick up the Falls Saddle Trail (#108) and go right to the southern trailhead.
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Land Manager: USFS - Payette National Forest Office