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Windy Ridge Trail #167

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 4.5 (2)

An excellent trail deep in the North Fork Clearwater River backcountry.


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23.5

Miles

37.9

KM

Singletrack

6,485' 1,977 m

High

2,464' 751 m

Low

5,946' 1,812 m

Up

2,846' 867 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

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Description

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.

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Kyle F

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  4.5 from 2 votes

#7276

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  4.5 from 2 votes
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#398

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#7,276

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Descending from Cook Mountain on fast flowy Windy Ridge trail.
Oct 1, 2015 near Orofino, ID
Lush North Fork forest and buff back country singletrack.
Oct 1, 2015 near Orofino, ID
Aspens on Bear Butte Saddle.
Oct 1, 2015 near Orofino, ID
Fall colors on Windy Ridge.
Oct 1, 2015 near Orofino, ID

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Aug 7, 2016
Kyle F
We rode it from Windy Bill junction to the bottom. Over grown in places, but still excellent overall. Epic backcountry.