Rooks Creek (#145)
: In 2007, the Castle Rock Fire exploded up Rooks Creek, torching much of the drainage. The canyon bottom, however, was spared from intense burning so hiking the trail does not feel so desolate. There was a lot of mining activity on the slopes of Boyle Mountain and a few structures remain in the bottom of Rooks Creek about a mile up the canyon. For those interested in geology, the trail encounters a massive landslide about halfway into the hike that is worth further exploration.
Directions: From downtown Ketchum, bear left onto Warm Springs Road and follow it to the end of the pavement (4.8 mi). Stay on the main dirt road to Rooks Creek #021 (7.4 mi). Turn right into the trailhead parking lot.
*For more detailed 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.