Hikes in the Lemhi Mountains Area

Rocky Canyon
Distance: 10 miles roundtrip
Climb: moderate
Difficulty: moderate
Usage: moderate
Location: On State Highway 28, drive west through the town of Mud Lake and bear right at the highway junction heading towards Lone Pine. 7 miles north of Lone Pine bear left onto a dirt/gravel road and drive approximately 2 miles. Turn right on the side road and drive 1.5 miles to a fork in the road. Proceed left towards Rocky Canyon and park at the informal trailhead where the road ends on a steep hill.

Antelope, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black bears, and mountain lions are all common sights on this trek taking hikers through a meadow canyon amid semiarid mountain peaks. After climbing over the steep hill at the trailhead, descend down to a spring in Rocky Canyon and proceed upcanyon following a trail next to a small brook. At the 2.3-mile mark, the trail passes through a narrow, rocky stretch before reaching a large meadow and canyon fork at the 4.8-mile mark. Best months for hiking are late June to mid-July, but the trail is accessible from early June through October in most years.

Optional Hikes: From the meadow, hikers can opt to hike up the left or right fork of Rocky Canyon. While the right fork leads to scenic views of the surrounding area from a small meadow, the left fork takes hikers up into a tree-lined meadow.

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