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Little Wapiti-Pika Point Loop

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Length

15.8 Miles 25.4 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

Elevation

2,617' 798 m

Ascent

-2,615' -797 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

9,504' 2,897 m

High

7,061' 2,152 m

Low

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Minor Issues 3 days ago
Muddy, Snowy, Fallen Trees - Lower 1,000 of clockwise ascent mostly dry, creek crossings swollen. Snow up high, some must walk muddy sections up and down History

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A lovely backcountry loop to subalpine parks and ridges in the greater Yellowstone area.

Phil Hess

Overview [Suggest Changes]

This ride combines the Little Wapiti Trail #74 and Minnie Wapiti Trail #203 for a scenic and challenging loop. Though the route is shared with moto cross riders, it receives relatively little traffic, and the challenging portions are never too technical or sustained.
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Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

The recommended route is to ride this as a clockwise lollipop loop from Upper Wapiti Trailhead.

Description [Suggest Changes]

Climb Little Wapiti Trail #74 to the ridge and take Minnie Wapiti Trail #203 on the descent in order to complete this beautiful alpine loop. Along the way, you'll roll through open meadows, alpine parks and along a sub-alpine ridge.

To begin with, hop onto Little Wapiti Trail #74. Little Wapiti is an excellent singletrack trail branching from the newly graded ATV trail, and will take you up, up up towards Pika Point.

Once you turn onto Minnie Wapiti Trail #203, you'll have to finish off the last small climb to get to Pika Point, but this is where the fun begins. Enjoy the fast descent, but take care not to widen the trail where things get boggy about halfway through.

Take some time to enjoy the views, scan for wildlife, and savor a ride through the greater Yellowstone area that offers a great backcountry trail ride experience. With a significant amount of elevation gain, you'll have earned the chance to take in the view.

Keep an eye out, as grizzly bears frequent the trail. Bear spray is advised.

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J. Broussard   CordryCorner
Great loop with challenging climbing, awesome ridge exposure and a very fast decent. Ride it clockwise as suggested. The decent, Minnie Wapiti has some steep & loose. Where as the climb, Little Wapiti went clean with some effort and a bit of luck. As Devin stated, be prepared for a true alpine trail. The side-walled narrow single track made the whole ride engaging. Aug 29, 2017
Where is parking for this ride? Thanks! Mar 17, 2018
Turn off on the Taylor Fork Forest Service Road about 1.5 miles south of the 320 Ranch. Almost 4 miles up the Taylor Fork, turn left to the Wapiti trailhead/ cabin road. Its just under 2 miles to the trailhead from this turn. Road can be rough and washboard, but 4wd not necessary. It is a demanding ride, but gorgeous wild country. The climb is definitely easier if you take the Oil Well ATV trail and descend Little Wapiti or Pika Point/ Minnie Wapiti. Mar 19, 2018

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