Added by Dan Deublein
The Thompson Trail is a gateway into tranquility as you hike along the West Fork of the Black River.
As you travel down Forest Road 116, approximately 200 yards before the trailhead, you will see the remains of the old Thompson Cattle Ranch - hence, Thompson Trail #629.
The trail begins atop an old railroad grade, a reminder of the very successful logging days that went on for many years. The railroad, which ran from Maverick (ghost town) to Holbrook was owned by Southwest Lumber Mill. Today, the railroad grade is used by outdoor enthusiasts.
Thompson Trail never strays from the West Fork of the Black River and provides a gateway into tranquility. The landscape is aligned with tall Douglas Fir, Wallow and Aspen.
As you continue down the trail, you will notice two large berries within the river. These were installed to keep non-native fish from entering the stream. You can fish anywhere downstream of these barriers and is catch & release only!
The trail continues through an open meadow with waist-high grass. The water level can get high causing the ground to become boggy, so expect to get your feet wet. As you continue for another 3 miles you will eventually meet up with the West Fork Trail #628. At this point, you can return in the direction that you started.
As mentioned above, this is catch & release only and is full of native Apache Brown trout. This is the perfect stream for the small stream angler and I recommend Hopper/Dropper combination, waders, 5x leader and a 3 to 5 weight Rod.
If you want to camp, you can find areas along the trail at mile 1, 2 and 2.5 miles. Other areas include Big Lake or Winn campground.
- Fly Rod, Flies, Waders
- Food & Cooking Supplies
- Water & Filter
- Rain Gear
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