This is a course that will give you a little bit of everything for a beginner in the City Creek area. Traffic is lower on this route also. You can check the Pocatello Pedal Fest site for times by age groups to get an idea how you compare or even plan for the next race.
has a steep >20% grade hill on its downhill.
2. There is one creek crossing about 5 miles in but it is really shallow.
3. Black Carin
is a fast trail.
The route starts from the City Creek Parking lot and you head left up the Bench Trail
. When you get to the top of the Bench Trail
you stay left and follow the Rim Trail
east then south around the bench. The trail will connect to the Death Valley
trail which offers most the technical challenge on this ride up a small ravine.
There will be a 4-way intersection at about 1.5 miles where you'll take a hard right and ride back up the bench and once on top you'll take a hard left onto Burrito
. You'll follow Burrito
until it crosses Bump Trail
at which point you'll take a right and follow that trail until you almost reach the Cusik Creek 2 track. From there you'll head right onto the south end of Serengeti
and follow it until Sulivan's
crosses and you'll take a left.
You'll stay on Sulivan's
trail for a while until the total distance is about 4.75 miles and you'll see a hard switchback drop down into the Mushroom
. Beware, this part has one steep hill you'll have to go down. Stay on Mushroom
until you come to the Upper City Creek Trail
and continue down where you'll see a creek crossing on the left shortly after hooking onto the City Creek Trail. Cross the creek and City Creek Road onto the unlabeled singletrack Cone Trail.
This will take you to the North Fork Road
which you'll have to travel up until you see a singletrack on your left. The Grove
follows the road and will reconnect. Once it hooks to the road again follow the two track road until you come to the saddle. You'll see a singletrack straight across the road labeled Outlaw
. Follow it until it takes you to a turn off labeled Black Carin
. You'll be about 7.5 miles into your ride at this point.
Beware, Black Carin
is a fast singletrack, check your brakes! Follow it down until it forks and stay to the right. This trail is called switchback and ride along the side of the hill until it hooks up to White Carin
. Once you are on White Carin
the rest is a breezy ride back. Follow White Carin
down to the City Creek road, cross it and hook onto the Upper City Creek Trail
. Follow that down until you see a cast iron label saying 1 way uphill at this point and stay to the right on bench trail. Follow it down until you get back to the parking lot.
This was the 2014 Pocatello Peal Fest beginner riding course.
More information can be found here, pocatellopedalfest.com