Boise National Forest

Bear Hole Trail

Latitude, Longitude: 43.567161, -115.437995

The trail passes through a long, narrow valley bordered by meadows, aspen groves, and Douglas fir forests. Short sections of the trail are steep and rocky. The trail is open to motorized recreation year-long and to snowmobiles from December 1 to May 15. At its east trailhead, the Bear Hole trail intersects the Crosscut and the Camp Creek trails. The 17 mile Crosscut trail goes northwest toward Horse Ranch Mountain and southwest toward FS road 151, and the 6 mile Camp Creek trail travels south toward the Lester Creek Guard Station. The trail passes through areas grazed by sheep and cattle in the summer and fall. From the trailhead, the Bear Hole trail ascends steeply through a Douglas fir forest. Within a short distance, the trail reaches a vista which offers a view of the Bear Hole Valley. The rocky trail passes through scattered groves of ponderosa pine as it switchbacks down to the valley. Willows and aspen crowd the banks of the first creek crossing. Within 1.5 miles of the trailhead, Big Springs Creek is crossed. The trail then parallels the East Fork of Fall Creek for a short distance and reaches a bridge over Windy Creek. The trail gradually ascends to the Bear Hole Creek crossing, which is marked with a sign. The trail fords the creek, crosses a small hill, then levels and travels away from the creek. As it climbs once again, the trail passes the logged southern slope of the narrow valley. When the final creek crossing is reached, the trail ascends steeply to Forest Service road 151E1, which is unsigned. The trail crosses the road and intersects the Crosscut and Camp Creek trails. The Bear Hole trail terminates at the signed intersection.