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Howard's Trail #331
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Status: Closed
Difficulty: Advanced
Uses: Mt Biking & Hiking & Equestrian & Motorcycle
Length: 3.4 miles
Start: 7,656'
End: 6,389'
Min: 6,389'
Max: 7,672'
Gain: 414'
Loss: -1,681'
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Current Conditions
Temperature at 11:45AM (Feb 17th): 35.8° F
Min temperature in last 24-hours: 14.8° F
Max temperature in last 24-hours: 36.2° F
New Snow last 12 hours: 0". New Snow last 24 hours: 0".
Description / Access Information
Howard's Trail #331: Cut-out in early July by motorcyclists with Idaho Mountain Dirt Riders Association. Access into Deer Creek is somewhat limited due to road damage and the closure of Deer Creek Road at Wolftone Road to 4-wheeled vehicles. Repairs to roads, trails and facilities in the Deer Creek drainage is ongoing so watch for hazards and crews at work.

Back in the day, Howard Dean did a ton to help develop trails in the valley, and he championed the responsible shared-use of the trails. Howard's Trail is named for this admired local dirt biker.

Descending the trail from its high intersection with the Greenhorn Trail makes for a fast, bumpy trip over a lot of small-scale terrain changes. The trail is good for out-and-backs, forming loops with trails in the Deer Creek drainage, and for the many other useful connections it allows.

The low end of the trail is in the Deer Creek drainage. The area was severely impacted by the 2013 Beaver Creek Fire, but the trails in the drainage are nearly all rebuilt. Trails and roads in the drainage were impacted heavily again in the winter and spring of 2017. Heavy snows brought down loads of trees and springtime flooding damaged the area's roads and trails. Many repairs are complete, but some are still ongoing. Trail users should watch for hazards, work crews, and equipment.

Directions: At the intersection of Hwy 75 and Deer Creek Road, take the paved Deer Creek Road west. (This intersection is about 2 miles north of Hailey, and about 9 miles south of Ketchum). Travel safely and slowly through the neighborhood to cross the bridge over the Big Wood River and proceed out the drainage. The road surface changes to rough gravel after about 3 miles. The road gets narrower with some blind corners as you drive further west. 

From the highway it is about 8 miles out Deer Creek Road to its intersection with Wolftone Road. Just west of this intersection the Deer Creek Road is gated closed to four-wheeled vehicles. One can pass around the locked gate to proceed west on Deer Creek Road on foot, bike, or horseback. For parking near the intersection of Deer Creek Road and Wolftone Road, turn left/south onto Wolfone Road. There is room to park a few vehicles on the left - just a little ways up the Wolftone Road. Don't block the road or any other road in the area. To reach Howard's Trail from this area proceed west on Deer Creek Road, passing by the locked gate on foot, bike, or horseback. When you reach the North Fork Deer Creek Road turn right/north up the North Fork Road to its end at a parking area/trailhead area and the low end of the North Fork Deer Creek Trail #157. Follow the North Fork Deer Creek Trail for about 0.7 mile to the start of the low end of Howard's Trail. Stay right to start up Howard's.

*For additional descriptions, topo maps, and information on the history, geology, and wildflowers of the Wood River Valley pick up a copy of Exploring Sun Valley online or find it at one of several local shops.
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