“A lovely backcountry loop to subalpine parks and ridges in the greater Yellowstone area.”
— Phil Hess
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.
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.