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Lightning Ridge

Very Difficult

Trail

15.0 mile 24.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Very Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,795' 852 m
Descent: -3,720' -1,134 m
High: 7,560' 2,304 m
Low: 4,564' 1,391 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 73% (36°)

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Trail shared by Chris Wandervans

A shockingly awesome ridgeline ride.

Chris Wandervans

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Description

The trail ascends Lightning Ridge and provides views of Scott Mountain, Onion Valley, Garden Valley, Crouch, and the surrounding mountains and valleys. There are some short stretches of the trail that are steep, rocky, and boggy. Overall the trail is an amazing ridge ride that will take you from Deadwood Reservoir to Garden Valley.

In August 1986, the Lightning Creek drainage and the last few miles of trail near the west trailhead were the northern edge of the 18,500-acre Anderson Creek Fire.

Bordered by huckleberry bushes, the trail begins in a lodgepole pine and Douglas-fir forest. Within 1.5 miles, the trail crosses Daisy Creek. It parallels Trail Creek for about 3-miles and then ascends sharply to Lightning Ridge. The ridge is topped with weathered granite outcrops and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Next you'll descends steeply to Onion Valley, crosses Onion Creek and then soon afterward intersects with the Onion Valley Trail. You'll then climb again with views of Scott Mountain and its lookout. Then you'll pass through the area burned by the Anderson Creek Fire. Finally, you'll follow the ridge for several miles and then descends to FS 611.

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Aug 4, 2019
John Waven

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  2.0 from 3 votes

#27067

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Trail Rankings

#955

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#27,067

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Top of the ridge. Worth the hike! Steep descent for a bit followed by even steeper, rocky and very loose soil; however, the next few miles until Onion Valley junction will be a blast! Getting out of Onion Valley is another story...
Aug 10, 2019 near Cascade, ID
Near a meadow where the trails basically disappears, the GPS tracks are mere suggestions and just before loading the bike on my back on the really steep climb, at around 3.5 / 3.6 miles in (from Deadwood Reservoir).
Aug 10, 2019 near Cascade, ID
What the trail turns into past the Onion Valley junction (coming from Deadwood Reservoir), as of August 2019.
Aug 10, 2019 near Idaho City, ID

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