Colt Killed Creek (White Sand Creek), Idaho, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
A remote Class V hike-in paddling adventure that begins in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. It shares the take out with Big Sand Creek, which is also the put in for lower Colt Killed Creek (White Sand Creek).
Logistics: From Highway 12 mile 163.5 turn down the Forest Service road to White Sand Campground. It's 1.2 miles down to the bridges across the Crooked Fork and Colt Killed Creek which join to form the Lochsa. Continuing on past the bridge, head left towards Elk Summit on Forest Road 111. In 5.4 miles from Highway 12 you will reach a junction where you will turn right onto Forest Road 360 continuing on up towards Elk Summit. At mile 8.4 you will reach Savage Pass, the highest point on the shuttle drive at 6168' (this may be snowed in through late June in heavy snow years). At this point you will be headed back downhill and at 11.1 miles from Highway 12 you will reach the turn off for Forest Road 359 which is the road to the Colt Killed Creek Trailhead. Turn left onto this road and wind your way 5.4 miles down to the river. The road ends at the trail bridge crossing Colt Killed Creek which is the take-out (this is also the put-in for the lower class IV run).
Start hiking up the Colt Creek Trail (trail 50) to find your put-in at the Big Flat Creek confluence or alternative location of your choosing.