“An excellent trail deep in the North Fork Clearwater River backcountry.”
— Kyle F
Windy Ridge Trail #167 is a beautiful stretch of singletrack located deep in the Idaho backcountry along the North Fork of the Clearwater River. The ride starts out in lush, low-elevation forest along the river and ascends briskly up to beautiful sub-alpine forests and meadows which provide great views into the vast backcountry surrounding the North Fork.
The trail begins at Fourth of July trailhead and pack bridge. After climbing out of North Fork River to Bear Butte Saddle, it presents a moderate climb along the ridge to Cook Mountain
, Monroe Lake and the Lolo Motorway, and offers good scenery and viewpoints of the 1910 burn.
From the junction with the Cook Mountain Spur
, Windy Ridge Trail continues on. It will descend around three more miles to a junction with two other trails to explore or there is the option to continue on Windy Ridge approximately 8.8 more miles until it intersects with the Lolo Trail jeep road.