Cliff Creek Trail 840
ElevationAscent: 15' 5 m
Descent: -1,084' -330 m
High: 9,956' 3,034 m
Low: 8,886' 2,709 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A stellar downhill with mixed technical sections.”— Adam Kagy
Cliff Creek is often over shadowed by the more popular Dyke Trail given its close proximity, but also makes for another nice trail to ride after Dyke Trail if you're looking for more fun.
Start by riding up West Side Cow Camp and then Beckwith Pass Trail 842. At the end of Beckwith Pass Trail 842 there will be a T intersection for Cliff Creek Trail 8 in some dark timber with a brown forest service sign nearby. You can start your downhill here or ride up to the top of Beckwith Pass which is another 1/2 uphill. The views up near Beckwith Pass are worth the extra effort. At the pass is where the wilderness boundary starts indicated by a sign and a gate and where you won't be able to ride any further. From here it's all downhill.
The downhill consists of fast flowy sections, rock gardens and some steep washed out sections which can be bypassed by easier re-routed sections of trail. Be cautious near the end as there are a few steeper rockier sections. Another note of caution is that this trail is frequented by horses often so be alert at all times.
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