This meandering trail through old-growth forest follows Jackson Creek, connecting the Shedroof Divide in Washington to Hughes Meadows in Idaho.
Access to Jackson Creek Trail (#311 on USFS maps) can be found from either the Washington side via Thunder Creek Trail (512) trailhead on Sullivan Creek Road or the Idaho side near Hughes Meadows. This means the trail is ideal for creating loop backpack trips from either state. The Washington portion of the trail is within the Salmo Priest Wilderness. Jackson Creek is also a trail frequently utilized by Pacific Northwest Trail thru- or section hikers.
Although the trail has fallen into some disrepair and is seldom maintained, it can be followed with some minor difficulties. The upper portions of the trail, nearest the Shedroof Divide and Thunder Creek, are frequently plagued by drainage issues and encroaching vegetation.
The lower portions of the trail contain beautiful old-growth forest, with a nice mix of giant conifers. Watch for birds that frequent old-growth habitat. The area is also prime habitat for big game, and grizzlies are known to roam here. If camping, pay particular attention to food storage requirements in bear country. Parts of the lower portion of this trail (Idaho side) were impacted by the Hughes Fork fire of 2017.
Jackson Creek Trail is just shy of 10 miles in total length. Utilizing the connecting trails of Hughes Fork and the Shedroof Divide, a loop backpack of approximately 26 miles is possible from the Idaho side. Starting from the Washington side and utilizing Thunder Creek to Jackson Creek, and returning via Hughes Fork and the Shedroof Cutoff, the loop would be approximately 27 miles total distance.