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Phillips' Ridge to Phillip's Canyon via Sno-tel

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 4.7 (23) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An awesome climb with great views followed by a fun, technical descent.


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15.0

Miles

24.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

8,412' 2,564 m

High

6,318' 1,926 m

Low

2,304' 702 m

Up

2,304' 702 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

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E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This ride features amazing singletrack and a long climb with huge valley views. There's a technical downhill thrown in, just to keep you honest. Most of this loop is used for the annual Teton Pass Kicker mountain bike race.

Need to Know

You're traveling in bear country, be prepared. While going up Phillip's Ridge be aware of downhill traffic coming at you.

Description

Head up the singletrack from the trailhead until you hit the road junction. Look for the trail sign across the road. This is the junction for Phillips Ridge and Phillips Canyon. Go up Phillips Ridge for about 8 miles. This is a long, easy grade as it winds through forest.

The lower section is covered in wet fern type vegetation. As you climb, you'll be met with nice, wide berms. From here, Phillips Ridge goes into and out of the trees in a few spots. Enjoy the views as you cross through old clear cuts. After this section, the trail is mostly smooth as it winds through the trees. There is one section of rocks where significant trail work has been done to lay the rocks flat, this is a great section. Once on top of the ridge you'll encounter more rocks as well as roots. Don't worry, the the trail is still well maintained.

When you hit the Snotel junction on top of the ridge, follow it right to Phillips Canyon and back down to the trailhead.

Snotel provides your first break in climbing with a nice downhill. The trail continues to go in and out of the trees. Snotel has it all with rocks roots and a small climb at the end. Once here, you know the junction to Phillips Canyon is coming. Watch for it on the right.

After the junction you'll encounter more climbing. Phillips Canyon weaves through the forest and heads towards a drop into the canyon. Once you start heading down you'll know the hard part is done.

Once at a stream crossing with a bridge, the technical stuff follows. The descent into the canyon consists of of large rocks with steep angles. This has got to be one of the more technical sections on Teton Pass (minus the downhill only trails). Phillips Canyon has a steep angle with a few large root drops to go along with the rocks. Enjoy!

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todd saulters

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 23 votes

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in Wilson

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Photos

Decided to lie down on the trail.  Good ride, the climb up is about 400ft gain/mile.  Grind
Jul 3, 2020 near Moose W…, WY
Phillips Ridge in Bloom. Photo: Ride The Tetons. Rider: Collin Wheeler
Sep 25, 2017 near Wilson, WY
Climbing the ridge
Jul 20, 2017 near Moose W…, WY
Rider: Kate Pearce. Photo: Collin Wheeler. Phillips RIdge, WY
Sep 25, 2017 near Wilson, WY
Some of the fine rock gardens making up most of the descent on Phillips Canyon
Oct 2, 2014 near Moose W…, WY
Nice track through a dense section of trees
Oct 2, 2014 near Wilson, WY

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Jun 22, 2020
greg orgendorf
tourists are transmitting covid
Aug 15, 2019
greg orgendorf
Grizzly Bears in Area
Jul 19, 2019
cynthia sauceda
Jul 5, 2019
Terence Moores
Jul 25, 2018
Thomas Gehling
Griz cub spotted just off trail on climb up phils ridge - careful! Epic ride through thunderstorms and hail. — 2h 15m
Sep 2, 2017
Jamie Sampey
15mi
Aug 18, 2017
Paul Pearson
Great ride we did in the evening. Sections of the trail are smooth and easy but there are definitely sections that are pretty rocky and bumpy. 10.8mi — 2h 08m
Aug 1, 2017
Tim Wilder