This is a fun 3 mile loop that offers amazing views of both the Clearwater River and Dworshak Reservoir. This is a hilly area and it transitions from paved surface to gravel road several times; but for those of you who love a good on road hike; this is a great way to see all that Orofino has to offer!
This is a short 1 ¼ mile long trail that has almost no elevation gain and borders Dworshak Reservoir. The trail that can be walked or ridden on a bike. There is no trail loop. This hike follows Canyon Creek and is pleasant and green, even in late fall, with moss, trees, and short bushes. There are some spots with views back along the rest of the inlet toward where it joins the main body of Dworshak, and views of the shore on the west side of the reservoir a bit south of Freeman Creek. Closer to hand, the open slope up the other side of the inlet looked like a fine place for wildlife spotting – something we weren’t lucky enough to be able to do. The trail ends as it crosses the creek on a small bridge. If the water’s low, you can sit on a rock or downed tree and lunch in a spot that’s under water at other times of the year. March through December the trail is usually snow-free. For more trail information please contact Dworshak State Park at 208-476-5994.
This is a long; 10-mile trail that winds along the banks of Dworshak Reservoir between Big Eddy Docks and the Freeman Creek Campground. There is no trail loop. It has a moderate elevation gain/loss of 700 feet over the course of the trail. As you hike the trail, you’ll go from areas of reservoir views to just hiking in the woods. March through December the trail is usually snow-free. Just in case you are interested in a hike and camp… this is one of only two trails that will lead you to one of Dworshak Reservoir’s Minicamps (The mini camps along the Big Eddy trail are 3.5, 4.7, 4.8, and 5.0)! For more trail information please contact Dworshak State Park at 208-476-5994.
Cold Springs Trail is a long 5-mile trail that runs along Dworshak Reservoir and is often shade covered and meanders through Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, and Western Red Cedar forests. It ends at Cold Springs Group Camp. There is no trail loop. Just in case you are interested in a hike and camp… this is one of only two trails that will lead you to one of Dworshak Reservoir’s Mini camps (The mini camps along the Cold Springs trail are 14.1, 14.5, 15.0, and Cold Springs Group Camp)!
This is a short 1 1/3 mile trail that starts at the Dent Acres Camp area and curves along Dworshak Reservoir. There is no trail loop. This is a great family hike as you will have full access to public restrooms; flushing toilets and emergency pay phone should you have need. There is a moderate elevation change; but it is a pretty dirt/gravel trail that is well marked.
This is a short 2 mile trail that has steep sections better suited for an experienced hiker. If you wish you can combine this hike with the Merry’s Bay Trail and the Bruce’s Eddy Trail and make a full circle (see map). The trail is Located along the south-west shore of Dworshak Reservoir, near Merry’s Bay and Bruce’s Eddy and is just 5 minutes from town. From this trail; at different points you can see both Dworhsak Reservoir and the Clearwater River.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO FAR TO HIT THE TRAILS!
It’s time to get out and explore!
Set up your base camp in Orofino Idaho and hit the road/trail for some great exercise or a leisurely stroll! Orofino is an amazing place to experience by foot; it doesn’t matter whether you are a novice or an expert; get out and hike Orofino Idaho to see our nature; wildlife and pristine river and lake views!
- Tell a friend where you are going and when to expect your return.
- Carry plenty of water.
- Facilities available: Drinking water is available at the Dworshak State Park and Big Eddy trailheads. Restrooms are available at Big Eddy trailhead, the minicamps, and Freeman Creek.
- Pets are allowed on trails, but must be kept on a leash at all times.
- Camping, in designated areas only, is limited to 14 days in any 30-day period.