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Little Wapiti-Pika Point Loop

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 3.0 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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15.8

Miles

25.4

KM

95%

Singletrack

9,504' 2,897 m

High

7,061' 2,152 m

Low

2,617' 798 m

Up

2,615' 797 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

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.

Need to Know

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

Description

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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Shared By:

Phil Hess

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  3.0 from 4 votes

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Photos

Near Pika point
Sep 2, 2018 near Big Sky, MT
Lomna Lake view from Wapiti Ridge.
Sep 30, 2015 near Big Sky, MT
Flowing through the trees back to Little Wapiti Creek.
Sep 30, 2015 near Big Sky, MT
Starting the descent.
Sep 30, 2015 near Big Sky, MT
Little Wapiti Creek
Sep 27, 2015 near Big Sky, MT
Climbing out of the creek bottom.
Sep 30, 2015 near Big Sky, MT

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Sep 29, 2018
M B
This trail offers beautiful scenery, but not much in the way of enjoyable MTB. Trail has a few good sections but not many. 80% suffering 20% fun 15.8mi
Jul 8, 2018
Carl Yeoman
Sign for trail 74 not at turnoff. Tree down on 35. Muddy in places. We were charged by a grizz between pica point & trail where 74/old oil rd connects 15.4mi