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CDT - Elk Mountain

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Length

7.4 Miles 11.9 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

1,904' 580 m

Ascent

-1,782' -543 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

10,104' 3,080 m

High

8,521' 2,597 m

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Remote Continental Divide Trail singletrack with huge views of Idaho and Montana.

David Lingle

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Great singletrack is a rarity along the Continental Divide Trail, this is one of them...AND it is open to bikes!

The views from near 10,000' into both Idaho and Montana will make you pause to soak it all in. It is a short hike from the trail to the top of Elk Mountain but well worth the effort for a 360-degree view of the Continent.

The trail is well-constructed and seldom used. There are steep sections throughout the length of this trail; expect plenty of hike-a-bike up and hot brakes down. You may want to walk some of the more exposed sidehill areas too.

Snow is present as late as July and as early as September.

At either end of this trail, the CDT follows a doubletrack road. South of Elk Mountain, the trail meets a wide and open ridge between Quaking Asp and Reservoir Creek. There is an old road bed on this ridge that can be used to descend to Reservoir and Hawley Creeks below on the Idaho side.

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