Snowbank Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 4,744' 1,446 m
Descent: -4,733' -1,443 m
High: 9,584' 2,921 m
Low: 6,986' 2,129 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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Lost River Expedition
69.5 mi 111.9 km • Loop • 11,172 ft Ascent 3405.21 m Ascent
Singletrack Arco, ID
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“A highly scenic all day ride for the advanced biker in good shape.”— Wayne Hecker
Doing this whole ride will give you an over 24 mile loop in some of Idaho's most remote scenic high elevation mountains. About 10 miles of this ride is on road or ATV route and 14 miles on the singletrack Snowbank Trail to make the full loop. The scenery is outstanding. Check in with the Lost River Ranger Station in Mackay for trail and road conditions. This ride is miles from anywhere so you may want to camp before or after your ride in the vicinity.
There is abundant dispersed camping in the area on National Forest Lands. The lowest point of the ride is 7,000 feet and the highest is 9,600 feet. There may be patches of snow or snowbanks in the upper elevations for most of the summer. The scenery in the upper elevations is especially outstanding.
There are no commercial services and the area is quite remote. Have plenty of gas before you head into this area. There is no potable water in the area so bring it or a filter with you. The USFS Fairview Guard Station may or may not be staffed if you have a serious emergency.
Once you get to Snowbank Trail, the trail meanders through Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, whitebark pine, spruce/fir forests, and grassy meadows. Snowbanks linger until late in the summer at the higher elevations, which is probably why it is named the way it is.
This ride is primarily on decent singletrack with an occasional technical feature like a creek crossing, switchback, rock outcrop or steep climb/descent to keep things interesting. Watch for deer, elk, moose, wolves, and black bear as this is home to them all.
Local Club: Salmon Idaho MTB Assoc
Land Manager: USFS - Salmon-Challis National Forest Office
Apr 14, 2019: SALMON-CHALLIS NATIONAL FOREST TO CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY