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Elk City Wagon Road

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Alt Names

Nez Perce And Clearwater National Forests, Red River Ranger District, Newsome Creek, Southern Nez Perce Trail, Mountain House Way Station, Newsome Campground, Pilot Knob, Pilot Rock, Nugget Peak Trail, Sing Lee Campground

Last Known StatusOpen

This historic trail is actually an old mining and wagon road that was first used around the mid 1800's to bring in supplies, workers and mail to the region. The main route is mostly hardpacked with some loose chunk rock but has a few side trails to explore. The trail system is open year-round but during the winter months can be explored on snowmobiles.

The wagon road is marked and has signs showing the historical landmarks along the way. There are several access points but the common places to camp and park is at Sing Lee or Newsome campgrounds. Both campgrounds are primitive but Sing Lee has room for about 10 campers while Newsome site has space for just a few trailers. Gas, food and groceries can be found just a few miles away in Elk City.

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Nearest CityElk City, ID
Address104 Main Street, Elk City, ID 83525
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From: Elk City, ID
1) Take Hwy 14 west about 12 miles
2) Turn right (north) onto Newsome Bridge Road, continue 3 miles
3) Sing Lee Campground is on the right (east).

For Newsome Creek Campground:
4) Continue north past Sing Lee Campground about .5 miles
5) Campground entrance is on the right (east).

For Elk City Trailhead:
6) Take Hwy 14 to intersection for Main Street
7) Look for kiosk with pavilion and kiosk.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesIdaho OHV Registration Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
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 CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on designated trails
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.




Contact InfoNez Perce And Clearwater National Forests - Red River District
300 American River Road
Elk City, ID 83525
(208) 842-2245
Contact InfoIdaho Parks And Recreation
5657 E. Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID 83716
(208) 334-4197
CommentIdaho OHV Sticker Info


Elk City Wagon Road Trail Photo

Elk City Wagon Road Trail

Photo Submitted 10/3/2016 (Thanks!)

Elk City Wagon Road Trail Photo

Elk City Wagon Road Trail

Photo Submitted 10/3/2016 (Thanks!)

Elk City Wagon Road Trail Photo

Elk City Wagon Road Trail

Photo Submitted 10/3/2016 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail50
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1600 to 6200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has almost all roads.All
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


First Aid First Aid1-5 Miles (E)St. Mary's Elk City Medical Clinic (208) 842-2652
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (E)Elk Creek Station and Cafe (208) 842-2551
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (E)Elk Creek Station and Cafe (208) 842-2551
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Sleepy Hollow RV Park (208) 842-2268
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (E)Sleepy Hollow RV Park (208) 842-2268
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (E)Sleepy Hollow RV Park (208) 842-2268
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)Elk Creek Station and Cafe (208) 842-2551
Swimming Swim AreaElk City, ID
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat RampElk City, ID
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