Slate Mountain/Gibson Jack Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,235' 681 m
Descent: -2,233' -681 m
High: 6,446' 1,965 m
Low: 5,124' 1,562 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A scenic loop just outside of Pocatello”— Gregory Thompson
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
Just shy of 3 miles into the ride, you'll want to stay to the right. (Take a left on the first fork when you come to the loose rocks, it is much more doable; after a short ride up a hill you'll go right at the fork.)
Just past 5 miles you'll see the Slate Cut-off, go right. This trail screams down the drainage, check your brakes. At the bottom you'll cross a creek, go right. Careful if you want to ride through the creek it is steep and muddy and your front tire will sink fast and try to dump you into the creek.
About 8.5 miles you'll come to the end of the singletrack by crossing a cow guard. Go right, this is Elk Meadows Loop. Your first right turn will be the Gibson mtn trial, which is a steep motorized trail. The S Fork Gibson Jack is non-motorized and your next right.
Overgrowth on this trail can make sections difficult and with rocks you might not see what strikes your pedal.
Just shy of 3 miles into the ride, you'll see a fork with a lot of rocks on the right path. Take the trail to the left unless you want to hike-a-bike. The trail on the left will meet and then split again shortly, this time go right. There will be some rocks along the path, and depending on the time of year the overgrowth can be quite crazy. Be careful about the rocks, they will bite your pedals and sometimes they are hard to see with the overgrowth.
The Slate Cut-off if a screaming section and there will be a small creek to cross at the end of it. You can carry your bike across the tree stumps placed in the creek if you prefer not to ride through. Be careful; it is muddy and steep when you drop in and you front tire may sink fast.
West Fork of Mink is a nice ride with minimal overgrowth and will take you right up to Elk Meadows Loop. This section has some prime scenery.
Don't take the first right off of Elk Meadows Loop—go for the 2nd one. The signs are sometimes laying on the ground. Once you get off Elk Meadows loop onto the S Fork Gibson Jack section you'll come to a pink gate. Its all down hill from here. Drop your seat and enjoy the amazing scenery, that you'll probably not notice much of. There are a few nasty patches of rocks in the trail, but nothing you can't manage if you have made it this far.
Land Manager: USFS - Caribou & Targhee National Forests Office