Weiser River Trail

The Weiser River Trail is an 85 mile long rail-trail located between Weiser and New Meadows. It offers a variety of experiences for non-motorized trail users as it passes through desert canyons, alpine meadows and small towns.

photo: Goat crossing. Photo by Friends of the Weiser River Tr. Type: Backcountry, Greenway, Rail Trail
Length: 85.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Fishing
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Beginning at Weiser, Idaho, the trail runs northeasterly along the Weiser River for 85 miles, to the West Pine Trailhead, Follows Weiser River upstream from Weiser to New Meadows.
States: Idaho
Counties: Washington, Adams
Latitude: 44.24345   Longitude: -116.95823

From the Boise metropolitan area, travel west on Interstate 84 to exit #3, the Highway 95 exit. Travel north on Hwy. 95 for approximately 20 miles to the Weiser River Bridge located on the south side of the City of Weiser. The trail begins on the east (right) side of the Highway immediately after crossing the Bridge. From McCall, travel west on Highway 55 to its connection with Highway 95 at New Meadows. Continue traveling west on Highway 95 about four miles to Old Hwy.95 Road and follow signs to the West Pine Trailhead.

Description

Beginning on the south side of the City of Weiser, the trail runs northeast for 85 miles up to the West Pine Trailhead, approximately four miles west of New Meadows. Along the trail you will find every terrain from desert canyons to evergreen forests to alpine meadows. Users will see traditional farmhouses and barns, historical town buildings, a one-room schoolhouse, cabins, trophy homes and subdivisions. Highlights of the trail are the historic trestles. Some are constructed entirely of wood except for the new steel railings. A few relics of railroad history can still be found along the trail.

The trail offers a full range of beauty, from colorful wild-flowers in the spring to the reds and yellows of fall leaves, from green grass to brown hillsides, from cottonwoods to pines, and a changing river song from the rush of the spring runoff to the gentle flow of a late summer stream. Wildlife abounds. Deer are commonly seen, as well as chukars, quail, ducks and geese. Occasionally a trail user will come across an eagle, wild turkeys, blue herons, coyotes, bears, wolves, elk and possibly a mountain lion. Wild rainbow trout can be found in the adjacent Weiser River.

There are four small communities along the trail that provide services to trail users. Weiser is the largest city and has many restaurants, motels and stores. Although Midvale is the smallest city trail users will still find a grocery store, café, bed and breakfast, and bar. Cambridge and Council both offer motels, RV parks, grocery stores, restaurants, and more.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: %
Elevation Low Point: 1,500
Elevation High Point: 4,000
Year Designated: 2010

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Featured NRT web page for Weiser River from American Trails
Website: Friends of the trail
Website: Friends of the trail (alternate site)

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Board of Directors
Friends of the Weiser River Trail
3494 Rush Creek Road
Cambridge , ID 83610
(208) 257-3562
jsatt@ctcweb.net
http://www.weiserrivertrail.org/

 

Photos

Bacon Valley. Photo by Friends of the Weiser River.

Bacon Valley. Photo by Friends of the Weiser River.

 Photo by Friends of the Weiser River.

Photo by Friends of the Weiser River.

 

Goat crossing. Photo by Friends of the Weiser River Tr.

Goat crossing. Photo by Friends of the Weiser River Tr.

 Photo by Friends of the Weiser River.

Photo by Friends of the Weiser River.

 

 Photo by Friends of the Weiser River.

Photo by Friends of the Weiser River.

 Photo by Friends of the Weiser River.

Photo by Friends of the Weiser River.

 

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