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Second Fork Rock Creek Trail #236

Intermediate/Difficult

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5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,942' 592 m
Descent: -23' -7 m
High: 7,375' 2,248 m
Low: 5,455' 1,663 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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A steady climb through an impressive canyon, along a trail that follows a nice, aspen-lined creek.

Keaton Reed

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

Need to Know

The middle portion of the canyon will have grazing cows during the summer, while the upper portion has sheep. Be mindful of livestock.

Runner Notes

Most of the trail is great, but there are a few rocky sections. There are also some very short steep sections with loose dirt. Be careful around those.

Description

This trail is accessed from the Third Fork Rock Creek Trail #004, which begins at the Third Fork Rock Creek Campground. You must travel about 1.5 miles to get to this trail, so factor in an extra 3 miles when you plan to take this trail. The fork for this trail is clearly marked with a sign that says "236."

The trail is well-maintained, though some sections are a little rocky. After another 1.5 miles, the trail forks again, but the Second Fork Trail is again clearly marked with a "236" sign. After this point, the trail crosses the creek several times, but fortunately they are all easy crossings. There are a few muddy sections, even in the late summer and fall, so I imagine this trail is particularly muddy in the spring.

The upper portion of the canyon is especially scenic, with plenty of pines and aspens to provide nice shade. The trail ends when it connects with ATV trail labeled "171B." From here, you can possibly extend your trip by taking one of the connectors over to First Fork and make a loop, or exploring the highlands of the South Hills. The scenery is nice in the high elevations with large groves of aspens and pine stands that stand in stark contrast with the golden hills and blue skies.

Flora & Fauna

Grouse, pheasants, songbirds, deer, elk, moose, hawks, snakes

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A nice stream flows along the Second Fork Rock Creek Trail.
Sep 19, 2018 near Hansen, ID
An impressive monolith on the canyon wall.
Sep 19, 2018 near Hansen, ID
End of the Second Fork Rock Creek Trail, when it connects with ATV trail #171B at the top of Second Fork Canyon.
Sep 19, 2018 near Hansen, ID
The junction of the Second Fork Rock Creek Trail and the Third Fork Trail.
Sep 19, 2018 near Hansen, ID

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