ElevationAscent: 5,174' 1,577 m
Descent: -5,174' -1,577 m
High: 6,530' 1,990 m
Low: 2,461' 750 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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Great Burn - Chilcoot Pass Loop
22.6 mi 36.4 km • Loop • 3,788 ft Ascent 1154.65 m Ascent
Singletrack Superior, MT( 2 )
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“An excellent out and back on quality trail, deep in the North Fork Clearwater River backcountry.”— Kyle F
Getting to this area can be a bit of a challenge in itself as it is miles away from any large towns and the only ways in are long, slow moving, winding roads. The rewards are well worth it, though, as the scenery in the area is wonderful. Windy Ridge Trail #167 delivers miles of quality singletrack, and there are many more miles of trail open to bikes left to explore for the hearty adventurer.
Once you reach the broad grassy ridgeline at Bear Butte Saddle, the trail flattens out a bit. It really starts to feel flowy as you roll through some more grassy meadows and then it will begin to descend towards Camp George. Exchange some high 5's and have a snack because the trail is about to climb steeply again. It will continue to ascend for about 3 more miles, but there will be flatter sections to help you catch your breath and also some nice places to take breaks.
Around nine miles in you'll come out on a broad sub-alpine ridge line; at this point the climb is more gentle and it continues along like this to Cook Mountain. There will be an unsigned junction at roughly 11 miles that you turn right onto the Cook Mountain Spur (essentially, you're continuing straight) which leads to the top of Cook Mountain. There are great views from Cook Mountain, which was where an old fire lookout once stood. Take it all in and enjoy the open grassy meadows from the summit. During the middle of the summer, you might catch the Bear Grass blooming. This is where the out and back ride will turn around and it is a wonderful descent back down to the river.
It should be noted that from the junction with the Cook Mountain Spur, Windy Ridge Trail #167 does continue on. It will descend around 3 more miles to a junction with two other trails to explore or there is the option to continue on 8.8 more miles to the Lolo Trail jeep road.
Land Manager: USFS - Nez Perce & Clearwater National Forests Office
May 15, 2019: Restoration activities to begin on Crooked River Road
May 12, 2019: May events at Lolo Pass Visitor Center