“A challenging, remote singletrack loop.
— Zach Allen
A solid backcountry day in the saddle with lots of climbing rewarded with ripping descents.
The trail starts with the comparatively well-traveled South Fork of Horseshoe Canyon
trail, and adds on a loop with South Canyon Creek and then North Canyon Creek trails.
Need to Know
The trail gets pretty far out there, and I got the feeling that not too many people ride this route. Go prepared; you are a long way from help if things go wrong.
Climb South Fork of Horseshoe Canyon
to the intersection with the rerouted Mahogany Creek
trail (marked with a brake rotor on a tree). Take a right and climb briefly; descend into a saddle and then hike-a-bike up a steep, loose slope to another intersection with North Canyon Creek Trail. Pass the turn off to North Canyon Creek and continue to Elk Flats (a large, open meadow) and hang a right on South Canyon Creek trail.
Descend the South Canyon Creek drainage for six miles of ripping, narrow moto trail punctuated with some small steep climbs and creek crossings.
At the bottom of the drainage, take a sharp right (marked by a 50 gallon drum) and climb the (mostly) very rideable North Canyon Creek up a drainage parallel to the one you just came down.There will probably be some hiking near the top on loose, rutted moto trail. Stay right at all of the three forks that you encounter. After the second fork you get some great descending through open meadows above treeline. The left option on the last of the three forks is a short fall-line, hike-a-bike to a beautiful view of the Tetons and is a worthwhile out and back.
You'll eventually descend back to the intersection with South Fork of Horseshoe Canyon
and Mahogany Creek
. Descend either South Fork of Horseshoe Canyon
back to where you started, or Mahogany Creek
and ride some road back to the start. Better yet, shuttle a car to the bottom of Mahogany Creek
. Both are fast, extremely fun descents.