Meadow Creek Area Hikes

Meadow Creek
Distance: 28 miles roundtrip
Climb: moderate
Difficulty: moderate
Usage: heavy
Location: Drive 114 miles east on US Highway 12 from Lewiston to Lowell. After crossing over a bridge, proceed 19 miles east on Forest Road (FR) 223 (Selway River Road) to the Meadow Creek Trailhead located at the south end of Slims Campground.

Winding beside Meadow Creek through a fern-lined canyon, this trail’s first 3 miles sparkles with mica and is canopied with old-growth cedars. Arriving at Little Creek, hikers face a 1.5-mile difficult switchback climb to a hillside overlooking Meadow Creek before the trail eventually descends back to the creek shore. After dropping down to the junction of Meadow Creek and Indian Hill Creek, continue on the same trail 7 miles to your destination at Meadow Creek Guard Station. Meadow Creek is known for its rainbow and cutthroat trout, but use caution while fishing as the creek is also home to the protected Chinook salmon. Best months for hiking are early April to November, although autumn months will find the trail active with hunters.

Optional Hikes: Just prior to the junction of Meadow Creek and Indian Hill Creek is Trail 603 leading to the left. Hikers may opt to take this 13-mile roundtrip to Indian Hill Lookout but should be prepared for a 3,000-foot climb to the lookout’s 6,810-foot elevation.

Another optional hike is found near the Lark Creek Bridge approximately 1 mile after reaching Indian Hill Creek. Hikers who climb west on Trail 608 will eventually reach Anderson Butte.

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