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Rocking Out Around Lincoln Creek

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Hiking, Rock Hounding Trip Near Rocky Bar, Idaho

Views from my Lincoln Creek Hike near Featherville Idaho

This easy to moderate hike roughly followed Lincoln Creek through the usual scenic beauty of the Boise National Forest about 3 miles south of Rocky Bar. Heading west from the primitive campgrounds on NFSR 158 I gradually climb along side Lincoln Creek. Then I headed up NFSR 157 and 157S4 to complete the “out” section of this out and back hike. Some great views along this hike.

National Forest Service Road 158 is an Easy Hike
From Lincoln Creek Hike near Rocky Bar Idaho

The Hike
We parked just off NFSR 158 and started hiking up this well used dirt road. The road heads west and climbs gently toward the headwaters of the creek. While not as wild as other places I've been recently, it's still a nice hike. At about the 1.5 mile point of the hike, we turned onto NFSR 157.

Approximate Area of the Hike

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NFSR 157 looked and felt a little more primitive than Road 158 and the scenery started getting a little more dramatic. We actually found some water up near the headwaters of Lincoln Creek off Road 157. After walking for about 7/10th of a mile, you get the opportunity to hike on NFSR 157S4.

From Lincoln Creek Hike near Rocky Bar Idaho

Getting Wild
NFSR 157S4 is where this hike gets interesting. It runs along a ridgeline high above Spring Creek (see my hike report) and the horizon really opens up. The views to the southwest through the north reveals sweeping panoramic views from the Trinity Mountains to Steel Mountain.

I'm pretty sure 157S4 is an old logging road and it sure doesn't get many visitors. Nature is doing its best to retake this road but it will be many years before that will happen. Definitely not a road for a full size vehicle but an excellent place to hike.

From Lincoln Creek Hike near Rocky Bar Idaho

We didn't make it to the end of 157S4 on this hike but far enough to know we will be back in the future. After 1 mile, the heat started getting to my dog Addie, so we has lunch and drank most of our water and headed back.

My Dog Addie is Heat Intolerant
After the last few hikes with my Plott Hound (mixed with something) I started worrying she couldn't handle long hikes or the higher elevations. I realize that for every mile I hike, she runs 5-10 times this distance. But after only 3 miles on this hike she sat down and refused to go any further.

After drinking all of her water and a goodly amount of my water, Addie was ready to get back on the trail. She started slowing down around the headwaters of Lincoln Creek where she found a pretty deep mud puddle. After taking a nice mud bath and cooling off, she hit the road running. Not too long after that, she found another nice shallow stream and took another bath.

After these 2 baths, Addie was like a mad dog chasing everything that moved like normal. I'm pretty sure this dog can run for miles and miles but just cannot handle heat. This is the reason I'm interested in hikes that have a good source of water along most of the route.

From Lincoln Creek Hike near Rocky Bar Idaho

Rock Hounding Lincoln Creek and 157S4
This hike didn't show much promise except in small pockets and even then the rock hounding wasn't great. There was one place on 157S4 where I thought I found some thundereggs but they turned out to be just round rocks.

From Lincoln Creek Hike near Rocky Bar Idaho

I spent about 15 minutes searching this small area, breaking these round rocks and hoping to find the typical thunderegg fillings. Each rock peeled liked an onion but the interior and exterior material was identical throughout. My dog enjoyed chewing the smallish round rocks I revealed each time. Good for the hound; bad for the rock hound.

Other Information
- Total Hike Mileage: 6.14 miles
- Elevation Gain/Loss: ~1,741 feet
- Water Availability: The higher you get the less there is in mid-late July. Upper reaches along NFSR 157 is basically dry when it comes to “dog drinking water”.
- Characterization of Hike: Nice hike along a dirt road. Spectacular views in places. Very good hiking adventure.
- Only 4.3 miles of dirt road to drive.
- More Photos from this Hike:

It's always great to read your thoughts. There's got to be some older type people out there who head to the mountains for some hiking action. I know there are a bunch of youngsters out there too. I also know there are rock hounds out there but getting you guys to loosen up your virtual voice is harder than the rock we find. Comments are OPEN!


P.S. J21st
Comments (2)
  • Dave Koch  - Dog Water

    Tim, have you thought about fitting Addie with saddle bags?
    Could then carry her own water and a few treats.
    We have found with our Huskie it seems to work quite well.
    Dave Koch

  • Tim Bondy the Admin

    Dave, we have thought about saddle bags for the mutt. I'm afraid the bags would be ripped off her body within a few hours. That dog runs with wild abandon thru bramble downed trees and places I would even consider going. But maybe once I find that perfect job, I'll look into them again.

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