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17.1 mile 27.5 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,855' 565 m
Descent: -1,879' -573 m
High: 3,813' 1,162 m
Low: 2,619' 798 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)


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Can be muddy during the winter months.


This is a great way to experience the terrain in the Owyhees. The route has a lot of singletrack and great views. There is a kiosk at the trailhead with a map and sometimes brochures.

Need to Know

The trails will get sandy in the middle of the summer, so it's best to ride the rest of the year. Also, there is basically no shade out on the ride.


Park at the main Wilson Creek trailhead and head out of the trailhead and over the first hill into the Wilson drainage. Once in the drainage you'll turn right onto the Northwest Passage trail and follow it for a long ways until you come to a right that takes you away from the main trail. This is a side loop that drops you into the Hardtrigger drainage. This side loop can be eliminated if you wanted to save some miles. Once you dip into and out of the Hardtrigger drainage you'll come back out onto Northwest Passage . You'll follow this trail all the way to the road. Once on the road, proceed east towards Bingo.

Fly down Bingo and bear right to head towards Reynolds Canyon. Then drop into and ride along Reynolds Canyon is very technical and can result in serious injury if you make a mistake. Please walk the sections you are unsure about.

Eventually you'll pop out of Reynolds Canyon and now move across the flat bottoms. The trail goes up and down a couple small hills, but overall remains fairly flat.

This is a great loop and is best done in the fall and early spring!


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Apr 3, 2019
Goose McFarterson
10mi — 1h 30m
Nov 28, 2018
Patrick Barnum
Foggy and cold, ~37F 9.2mi
Feb 2, 2018
Tom W
Dec 19, 2017
Ben Bothman
Snowy and slippery, but beautiful 16.7mi
Oct 26, 2017
James Cooper
Great trail, lots of varied experiences, desert terrain and gorgeous scenery. Awesome if you're looking for a nearby change-up to Boise foothills. 17.5mi — 3h 29m
Jun 17, 2017
Wesley Yahara
Jun 10, 2017
Cody Grimm
May 21, 2017
Chris Evenson
Good ride. Some soft areas and the trail was overgrown in areas. Two snakes on the path, that was interesting!

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DO NOT ride Hardtrigger Drop trail at mile 5ish. The trail is essentially gone. Resulted in hiking our bikes back out of the canyon. Stick to Northwest Passage. Beyond that, the main loop is good. Mar 12, 2018
I love this area but the trail marking is so poor it’s very hard to stay on trail even with the mapping app where there is no GPS access. Jan 27, 2019
Goose McFarterson
Boise, ID
Goose McFarterson   Boise, ID
Not super technical, but great flow and unbelievable views. Apr 3, 2019

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