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Independence Creek Trail System

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Other Names

Independence Trail #22, Ermine Ridge Trail #413, East Declaration Trail #416, Coeur d'Alene National Forest, Independence Creek, Faset Peak, Tepee Creek, Gold Creek, Gold Creek Lodge

Last Known StatusOpen

This single track trail system is surrounded by deep forest with numerous shallow creek crossings. The trails are mostly smooth, fast and narrow with some bridge crossings.

The trails are usually open for riding around April until the first snowfall, which is usually around late September. The forest is home to numerous wildlife that consists of badgers, cougars, elk and black bear.

RVs and travel trailers are not recommended because the access road is extremely long and winding and the parking area is small. Boating and swimming opportunities can be found at nearby Lake Pend Oreille and Hayden Lake.

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Permit RequiredYesIdaho OHV Registration Sticker
Dates OpenApril - September 7
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoA non-resident registration sticker must be purchased. (As of January 2020, Idaho no longer honors stickers from other states.)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on the trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/Periodic


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Prosmany water crossings, deep forest scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities, single track only
Consnot recommended for RV's or long trailers, no designated parking area
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityHayden, ID
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Hayden, ID
1) Take Hwy 95 North about 10 miles
2) Turn right (east) on E. Bunco Road
3) Continue about 2 1/2 miles
4) Turn left (north) to stay on E. Bunco Road
5) Proceed about 1 mile
6) Turn right (east) to stay on E. Bunco Road
7) Continue about 15 1/2 miles (E. Bunco Road turns into FS 332)
8) Trailhead starts on Weber Road.


Contact InfoCoeur D'alene River Ranger District
2502 E. Shermon Ave
Coeur D'alene, ID 83814-5899
(208) 664-2318
Contact InfoIdaho Parks And Recreation
5657 E. Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID 83716
(208) 334-4197
CommentIdaho OHV Sticker Info
Contact InfoGold Creek Lodge
8754 Forest Service Loop Road #278
Lakeview, ID 83803
(208) 222-7669


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Independence Creek Trail System

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Approx Size19,200 acres (30 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation2900 to 5000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)Exxon (208) 772-4211
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Hayden
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (S)Hayden
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Farragut State Park (208) 683-2425
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)Farragut State Park (208) 683-2425
Primitive Camping Campground20-30 Miles (SE)Big Hank Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Super Ore Foods (208) 772-5722
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