An epic bikepacking trip out in the middle of nowhere that will test your hiking and route finding skills. The views are epic and the terrain is daunting!
This is a multi-day bike pack trip that is best done over three days and two nights. There is water in the mountains, but once out into the sagebrush hills moisture gets very scarce. There will also be lots of hike-a-biking up in the passes, so you'll want to pack light.
This ride can be ridden in either direction, but this route has you traversing the flat areas in front of the mountains and then climbs you through the passes. You'll start on the Long Lost-Wet Creek
Trail and then turn onto the Massacre Mountain trail which will end at the Massacre Creek
trail. From here, you'll work your way across the front of the range on a network of BLM and ranch roads, There are lots of false tracks, so take your time finding your way. In the flatlands, it is best to have the MTB Project mobile app
handy so that way you can keep an eye on all the turns. Only the major drainages will have water, so keep that in mind as you work your way across.
You'll work through a number of drainages before coming to the East Fork Upper Pahsimeroi
drainage and eventually the trail itself. The trail is rideable for a ways until it becomes steep and then you'll be off your bike as you go up and over the pass in the Dry Creek
drainage. Down the Dry Creek
drainage, you'll go to the Swauger Lake Trail
. This will then climb you back into the mountains and over the ridge. You'll then descend into the Long Lost
drainage and climb up to your next pass where you'll then descend. Drop off this steep pass on the Long Lost-Wet Creek
trail and will follow this back to your car.
This ride starts near the Pass Creek Rd so it is easier to access than having to drive the long way around Arco. You can certainly access this ride at any point, but this is the most reasonable location. There is also some car camping near the start so that way you can get an early start in the morning.
This ride is best done in July or early August and you'll need to beware of thunderstorms. Since a lot of the ride is above treeline, you can be very exposed if something comes in over the mountains. Most of the storms will be coming from the west, so it is best to keep a keen eye pointed in that direction.