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Thorn Creek Lookout

By RonS - Posted on 27 March 2019

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  • Site # 40
  • GPS Coordinates: N 43.7447000294923 W 115.751599995419
  • Elevation: feet
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  • Benchmark Coordinates:
  • Ride Difficulty: 3


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 Nice route through Mayfield, South Fork Picture , stop in Prairie for gas (Y stop was out), Thorn Creek Lookout, then Idaho City before heading north for more challenge points. 


This lookout was staffed.  It was roped off but I could still walk around to check out the view.

Posted by englund on 2019-08-09 05:29

 The "road" going in from Cottonwood Creek was pretty awful.  Going out towards Idaho City was considerably less awful.

Posted by BoiseMike on 2019-08-11 19:20

8/10/2019, Great day for a ride between thunder storms, it rained for a little while as we were riding past Spring Shores up to Arrowrock, the large raindrops looked like falling jewels in the sunlight.

Posted by rwhopp on 2019-08-11 21:38

 First stop on my posted ride of August 10th

Posted by shutterman on 2019-09-02 19:37
This was my second attempt at Thorn Lookout. On this try I came in from the north on Rabbit Creek Rd, turning south on Meadow Creek Rd, then southwest on FS304 to join up with Bald Mountain road to the Lookout. I spoke to the young man who was working in the tower. He and his Husky, Zuul, had been on duty for the past 21 days straight. On the way back to HWY 21 I wanted to take Bannock Creek Road, but it was closed a while back due to flood damage about 5 miles short of HWY 21 and has never been reopened.


Bonus points to those who can correctly identify the actress who, in a 1984 movie, played the character who was possessed by Zuul.


Posted by KaptSlow on 2019-09-06 12:39

 first of 4 challenges on the day.  Beautiful day for a ride.

Posted by Basquelander on 2019-09-23 11:23

 Daytripping to collect a few more challenge points before the snow flies

Posted by FoolHardy on 2019-10-16 21:54

 Group ride 11/15/19. Hit snow about 1/2 way to the Lookout. Did not make it to the Lookout. 

Posted by solojim on 2019-12-08 20:10