Woods Peak (9,730') is one of the prominent peaks on the west side of Morgan Creek, about 20 air miles north of Challis, Idaho. There are several trails in the vicinity and we checked a few of them out one day recently. Parked the car at the mouth of Van Horn Creek at about 6,200' and rode up Morgan Creek Road approximately 3 miles to the Alder Creek Road. Rode up that to the trailhead and continued riding/pushing up the trail to the Morgan Creek/Castle Creek divide. From there we took the trail south toward the headwaters of Van Horn Creek. Topped out on the ridgeline just below 9,200 feet and descended to the Van Horn Creek trail junction where we turned east and headed down Van Horn Creek trail. The trail starts out mellow at the top then increases in steepness by quite a bit. This trail goes through a burned area so downfall was frequent. Took us about 5 and 1/2 hours to do the ride with lunch stop, rest stops, and photo stops. A great strenuous loop ride of about 17 miles with great views and some tech areas. About half the ride is on roads and half on trails to complete a loop. Options exist to increase the length of the ride by including adjacent trails. Check out the Salmon-Challis National Forest map for trail numbers and other possible rides in the area. The ride area is northeast of the Frank Church wilderness boundary in that general area.
Woods Peak 9,730'
Looking back down Alder Creek Trail into Morgan Creek.
Narrow trail on west side of Woods Peak.
Van Horn Peak 9,616' from trail.
Through the burn in Van Horn Creek.
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