Adventure Projects is hiring a web engineer to join us in Boulder, CO
MTB Project Logo

Loon Lake Loop

 4.1 (13)

26.2 Miles 42.1 Kilometers


40%

Singletrack

1,661' 506 m

Ascent

-1,660' -506 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

6,372' 1,942 m

High

5,528' 1,685 m

Low

Conditions


Minor Issues 66 days ago
Fallen Trees - The spur trail that goes out to the bomber has a bunch of dead fall trees and is not accessible by bike. We hiked in today after leaving the bikes a couple hundred yards in. History

Getting forecast...

A stunningly scenic ride through Ruby Meadows to Loon Lake and beyond.

Anthony Harasimowicz

Dogs Unknown

Features -none-

Overview

An absolutely gorgeous high alpine ride, the shoreline of Loon Lake makes for a perfect lunch spot at the midpoint of this adventurous loop. The views of the crystal clear lake water and distant mountain peaks are well worth the long fire road return.

Need to Know

This loop has a bit of a reverse layout in that after a few initial climbs and descent to the lake, the ride ends with a nine mile stretch of gravel road to complete the loop. The grade is moderate, but vehicle traffic along the road can make things quite dusty.

Description

From the small parking area off of Warren Wagon Road, start up the wide doubletrack heading due south. As you travel through Ruby Meadows you'll grunt up two steep climbs topping 6300 feet within the first four miles of the ride. Following the sign to Loon Lake, starting to descend toward Willow Basket Creek. After a few miles of nice downhill with some switchbacks and technical stretches, the trail opens up to a large grassy meadow. Here the trail can be wet and there are a few short bridges to cross.

Coming to a trail junction in the meadow, turn right on the Loon Lake Trail and follow the trail just under two miles to the northern shoreline of the lake. Stop for a rest and take in the views of the peaks across the lake. Retrace your route back to the meadow junction. Turn right and the trail heads due east along Loon Creek toward the Secesh River. When you reach the river cross the bridge to the east side and turn north. From here it's approximately four miles to the Chinook Campground. From the campground, take the dirt access road to connect back up with Warren Wagon Road and make the long return up the mild uphill grade back to the parking area.

Contacts

You & This Featured Ride


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Ride

Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Jul 17, 2018
Jeremy St Clair
High Adventure 2018. Took a wrong turn early and added a few up hill miles to the ride. 30.9mi
Jul 10, 2018
Andy Flores
Sep 26, 2017
TJ Brady
Unbelievable fall ride. Trail was pretty tacky after the recent rains. Colors are popping! Get out there while you can. 26.2mi
Jun 23, 2017
David Morrison
Sep 17, 2016
kevin davis
Aug 22, 2016
Joseph States
All great except the trail around the lake. 34 trees down in that one little section
Jul 25, 2016
Eric Ross
did the lollipop, was also 26.2 miles. down trees deterred from visiting bomber. fair amount of foot and moto traffic for a Monday morning. can ...
May 14, 2016
kevin davis
12mi

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 13 votes

#1362

Overall
  4.1 from 13 votes
5 Star
31%
4 Star
46%
3 Star
23%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#49

in Idaho

#1,362

Overall
344 Views Last Month
8,836 Since Aug 2, 2013
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
14%
57%
29%
0%
0%

 
There's a better way to ride this that skips the dirt road and adds singletrack. Follow the directions all the way to Loon Lake. After leaving LL, backtrack to the junction that heads to Chinook CG and ride that way. From Chinook CG, ride downstream to the white bridge and climb back up to the LL junction. Then retrace your way back through Ruby Meadows to your starting point. Loon Lake Lollipop. Sep 4, 2015

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter