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blue Bear Basin Tour

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12.0 mile 19.3 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,426' 435 m
Descent: -1,429' -436 m
High: 5,571' 1,698 m
Low: 5,086' 1,550 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)


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A grand tour of a mountain bike specific trail system just north of McCall.

Chris Wandervans

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Family Friendly There are trails easy enough for inexperienced riders, along with trails difficult enough for experienced riders.

Snow bound until June. Check on the CIMBA website for conditions.


A great trail system with easy access from McCall. There is a bike path under construction to connect the trail system to McCall that should be completed by the Spring of 2015.

Need to Know

Located just north of McCall, the Bear Basin trailhead is about one mile north off Hwy 55. Watch for the Bear Basin sign on the right (not the first lookout turnoff). At the parking lot there are toilets but no other services.

The trail system can also be accessed from the Winter Recreation parking just beyond the little ski hill. There are restrooms at this trailhead also.

Riding available for beginners to experienced riders.


The trail system flows though meadows, vistas and wooded areas. This tour starts from the Winter Parking area, but can easily be done by starting from the other trailhead. At the other trailhead there is also a pump track. Simply take Baby Bear to connect to the West Trail.

The majority of the trails for the loop funnel you towards the upper and lower drain trails. These two trails are the center piece flow trails of the entire system and contain some massive berm and tabletops that can be ridden by an intermediate rider and up. The upper and lower drain trails are downhill only so make sure you are aware of this restriction.

The other connecting trails are all well laid out with grades less than 10% so most trails can be ridden in either the uphill or downhill direction depending on how you want to mix things up. The route uses the West Trail to climb to the junction with the Grand Traverse. From here the route continues onto the Sleepy Hollow trail and then onto the Blue Ridge Loop. You'll come to a junction with Della's Delight, but stay left to head towards the drain. The drain is a blast and fun can be had by all abilities. The trail will drop you out on the West trail which can then be used for another lap of some more exploration. The grand traverse will take you over to Ditch Witch and the back side and allow you to access the drain using Della's Delight.

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Jul 12, 2019
Dan Monroe
Jun 27, 2019
Michael H-Bawm
fun rolling trails. some short climbs, lots of obstacles. really fun. rented a Giant bike. 12mi — 1h 35m
Sep 18, 2018
Karl Topping
sweet ride! 8.7mi
Sep 16, 2018
Philip Baker
Good ride, quick loops. — 1h 00m
Aug 16, 2018
Nate CO
Fun ride. The Drain has some very nice huge banked corners and small to huge jumps. The big ones have obvious ride arounds that keep you cruising. 10.7mi
Oct 5, 2017
Jas'nEr Mac
Aug 5, 2017
Jeani Mangrum
Jun 19, 2017
Josh Bradley

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