This is a quiet hike with spectacular scenery along rippling Fish Creek. Southern slopes burned some years ago, and fresh tree growth is sprinkled with burnt out cedar stumps. The wet northern slopes hold just about every species of pine, fir and other conifers found in the entire state.
From Orofino, follow Hwy 12 east until you’re about 20 miles past Lowell. Turn north on Forest Service Road 462 near the mouth of Fish Creek just west of the Lochsa Historic Ranger Station. Drive about a quarter mile to the trailhead. Trail 223 leads to Fish Butte, while the Fish Creek trail at the end of the road is trail #224. You can follow Fish Creek trail in for 15 miles or make a short trip to Obia Cabin 4 miles away.
Clearwater National Forest
15 miles one way
4,000 ft +
Easy to moderate (climbs 1
Clearwater National Forest Map, which can be purchased at sporting goods shops or USFS offices