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Snowbank Trail

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Trail

18.1 mile 29.1 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 3,835' 1,169 m
Descent: -4,229' -1,289 m
High: 9,581' 2,920 m
Low: 7,344' 2,238 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)

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A remote Idaho mountain trail with amazing views and great riding.

Wayne Hecker

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Snow may limit trail use in upper elevations before mid-July and after mid-September.

Description

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.

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Photos

Iron Creek Point from along the trail.
Feb 27, 2014 near Challis, ID
Beautiful singletrack through an alpine meadow
Jul 3, 2015 near Challis, ID
Timber Creek Pass looking North, Northeast.
Jul 3, 2015 near Challis, ID
Beautiful opening on the two track
Jul 3, 2015 near Challis, ID
Along the trail, Bear Mountain in background.
Feb 27, 2014 near Challis, ID
View through the trees.
Feb 27, 2014 near Challis, ID

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