Wright Creek National Recreation Trail

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Trail Distance: 12 miles
Time Estimate: 5 hr 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 938 feet
Leash Rule: Unknown
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: No
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Limited
Description
The Wright Creek National Recreation Trail is a moderate difficulty trail located in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. This point to point trail is twelve miles long. Some people extend their hike by branching off onto other trails at Wright Creek's end, such as the Mill Trail. Others turn back or spend the night at one of the campgrounds at the further trailhead. Whatever you choose to do, you and your dog will have a fantastic time on Wright Creek Trail! 


This path is a half or full day's hike for most people, with a time of just over five hours to complete it. Most won't want to hurry the process, though. This path leads through a gorgeous area known for abundant wildlife and native flora. In season, mule deer hunting is common near the trail. This trail is best enjoyed from late spring to early fall, but it's open year-round. You can get in some cross country skiing or snow-shoeing done if you choose to visit in winter! 

Be aware that the path gains elevation mostly at the end of the hike, which rises to the summit of Elkhorn Peak! Before this final trek up the hill (approximately the last half to third of a mile in the hike) the path has gentle rises and falls. The main terrain is forested, interspersed with meadows. It's helpful to bring a map on the hike with you. Wright Creek Trail intersects with several other trails at various points, and having a map ensures that you're sticking to the correct fork every choice you make. 

Both water and restrooms are limited along this trail; both trailheads offer them, but you'll have to go the 12 miles between without them. Bringing a doggie bowl and plenty of water is essential. 

The Wright Creek National Recreation Trail is a pawsome, long hike for you and your dog to explore together! 

Trail Features
Forest, Steep Inclines, Rocky
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Both Black bears and Grizzly bears call this area home, so hike with bells and keep all food and personal hygiene products in sealed containers. Check your dog and yourself for ticks whenever you take a rest, and again when the hike is completed.
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Downey, ID 83234
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Power House Road
Downey, ID 83234
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset