ElevationAscent: 2,008' 612 m
Descent: -2,015' -614 m
High: 4,392' 1,339 m
Low: 3,226' 983 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“A tour of the great singletrack in the Danskins backcountry.”— Chris Wandervans
If you park at Deadman you'll have a long climb to start with, all on singletrack that will work its way up the drainage. There is only one junction on Deadman's Cow near the beginning that you'll need to stay right for, otherwise the trail is very easy to follow up to the saddle. Once at the saddle there will be a steep descent into Cow Creek.
Deadman's Cow trail along Cow Creek is a classic creek singletrack with a number of crossings. At the bottom of Cow Creek you'll bear right and climb to a plateau overlooking Arrow Rock Reservoir and join A South Forked Willow trail. Ride along this plateau for a while and then you'll wrap around and start to head up the South Fork of the Boise River. This next section can be steep and challenging and the trail runs along a steep edge of the reservoir for a long distance.
You'll then come to a large meadow at which point the trail becomes very faint and goes nearly straight up the hill. Shoulder your bike and do the hike-a-bike. At the end of the hike-a-bike you'll be back on the plateau and on a good trail again. Follow this trail along the reservoir and up into the Willow Creek Drainage. Once in Willow Creek you'll have some deep water crossings before arriving at the road.
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