McRea Cabin Hike

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24.9 km
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952 m
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Immerse yourself in the Rapid River Valley along the McRea Cabin Hike. This demanding adventure through the Nez Perce National Forest exhibits a diversity of flora and fauna and offers spellbinding views of the Seven Devils Mountains rising above.

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Route Description for McRea Cabin Hike

The McRea Cabin Trail offers seclusion and scenery. This demanding day hike will test your limits—guiding adventurers through exposed terrain, up rocky ridges, and along single-track trails. While this route is sweat-inducing, the gorgeous setting negates the effort. The unshaded route offers great views but also warrants extreme conditions, so dress in layers and wear sun protection to avoid overexposure. Note wildlife is abundant in the area, so keep an eye and ear out as you wander.

Your adventure into the wilderness begins from the Rapid River Trailhead. Setting out from here, you will be guided southwestwardly along the West Fork Rapid River Trail. Beyond this point, the path will consistently climb into the backcountry. After some hiking, you will encounter an intersection, keep left here, crossing a footbridge over the water. Now traveling south along the riverbanks, you will be woven through lush grasslands abundant with wildflowers, thickets of pine trees, and past rocky ridges. Eventually, you will cross another bridge over the river.

Soon after, you will be confronted with yet another crossroad, turn right and hike through the forested river valley all the way to Bridge Creek, the subsequently, McRea Creek. Here you will get the opportunity to explore the grounds of the historic McRea Cabin. When you are ready, head back along the path the way you came to the trailhead.

Getting to the McRea Cabin Hike Trailhead

Access this hike from the Rapid River Trailhead off Hackberry Flat Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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