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Independence Creek Trail System

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

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

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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Nearest CityHayden, ID
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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.


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
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Permit RequiredYesIdaho OHV Registration Sticker
Dates OpenApril - September 7
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting 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 MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.




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


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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


First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (S)Kootenai Medical Center (208) 666-2000
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
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (N)Lake Pend Oreille
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site Independence Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (N)Lake Pend Oreille
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