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

 4.8 (18)

14.4 Miles 23.2 Kilometers


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Singletrack

2,447' 746 m

Ascent

-2,448' -746 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

8,427' 2,569 m

High

6,303' 1,921 m

Low

Shared By todd saulters

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Minor Issues 43 days ago
Dry, Fallen Trees: Awesome trail! Mostly dry. Saw large Black bear only a mile from the trail head. Take Bear Spray! History

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

todd saulters

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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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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
Jul 9, 2017
Robert De Rose
Did all of arrow trail to add some distance. Clockwise is an easier climb but descending Philips Ridge would be slightly more fun 16.7mi
Jul 7, 2017
Scott Hicar
14.5mi
May 15, 2017
Sean Callan
So much fun 14.4mi
Sep 17, 2016
Anna Ohmes
Beautiful fall weather — 2h 30m

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  4.8 from 18 votes

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Nick Brennan
Concord, NH
Nick Brennan   Concord, NH
Phillips Canyon is lousy with highly territorial wolverines so it is best avoided by hikers and people riding slowly. Mar 19, 2016

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