“A remote Idaho mountain trail with amazing views and great riding.
— Wayne Hecker
Snow may limit trail use in upper elevations before mid-July and after mid-September.
Very scenic, high elevation ride in central Idaho's Salmon-Challis National Forest. The trail surface is dirt and rock. There are some good, long climbs and descents as well as many smaller ones. The trail, especially in the northern end, can get muddy after a rain.
Trail access is available via Iron Creek-Big Creek Trail #078
as well. So, if you want to make smaller or shorter rides, or in the event of an emergency use these. 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 called the Snowbank Trail.
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.