Cupboard Creek Trail

Difficulty
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Very Hard
Duration
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5.5-7.5h
Distance
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11.9 km
Elevation
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1,239 m
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The Cupboard Creek Trail is a beautiful trail that leads intrepid adventurers into the Selway River Canyon. The wild character of this hike provides an exciting and stimulating experience. Climb down the canyon walls to the riverbank and sun along a sandy shore overlooking the rapids.

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Route Description for Cupboard Creek Trail

The Cupboard Creek Trail is a great adventure for experienced hikers. The primitive, overgrown, and technical nature of this route possesses inherent challenges, but that’s all part of the experience—right? Put your navigational skills to the test using the trail GPS and test your endurance as you climb back out of the canyon. Bring plenty of water and snacks to stay fueled along this trek! Though not necessary, many have chosen to camp along the shoreline of the Selway River and wake up to the scene of kayakers navigating the waters.

Embark on your journey along the Cupboard Creek Trail from the Big Rock Trailhead off Fog Mountain Road. Follow this route southeastwardly, over Cabinet Creek. After some hiking, the trail GPS will guide you off the marked path, tracking south. As you descend into the canyon, the path will near Power Creek as you weave through lush tree stands and open meadows. Admire the beauty of the verdant valley and the river below. The further you plunge, the thicker will the tree canopy becomes, shading you from the sun exposure.

Eventually, the path will merge with Cabinet Creek before delivering you to the shoreline. Revel in the grandeur of the bounding canyon walls and the remarkable river, which will likely be occupied with daring rafters. After enjoying the gorgeous setting, begin your tireless climb back up to the trailhead.

Getting to the Cupboard Creek Trail Trailhead

The Cupboard Creek Trail is accessed from the Big Rock Trailhead off Fog Mountain Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

  • When to do

    April-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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