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Cow Creek

 2 votes

9.9 Miles 16.0 Kilometers


Singletrack

1,105' 337 m

Ascent

-1,296' -395 m

Descent

5,148' 1,569 m

High

4,264' 1,300 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Unknown

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A good intermediate route on an old, reclaimed mining road.

Chris Wandervans

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Features: eMTB allowed
Dogs: Off-leash

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Cow Creek manages to work its way across the forest in all the right places to keep this trail moderate and rideable by most intermediate riders. Connect this trail with the Fitsum Trail and the McCall Stibnite road to make a nice loop in the Krassel Ranger district.

The Cow Creek trail does lots of twist and turns as it follows the contours above and around the creek. A lot of this trail is built on some old logging road, unlike a lot of the other trails that were just pioneered up the side of the mountain in search of mines. You'll defiantly see some of the old road cuts as you ride this trail. It appears the area was logged in the 50s or 60s and the road to trail conversion has fully taken since then. The trail is defiantly a singletrack.

There are some open faces along the way, but most of the time you'll find some nice shade along the way. You also don't have to worry about too many rocks or exposure. Take this trail as an out and back or make it a loop.

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in McCall

#204

in Idaho

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Think it is worth mentioning that you should check locally if the trail has been cleared of deadfall. I checked with Gravity Sports before going out here and they confirm the moto club had cleared the trees. Also, would point out that this is at least a solid hour from McCall proper and 23 miles via dirt road up and over a mountain pass and the last 1/2 mile is on double track to the trail head for Cow Creek. It is a fun flowy trail. The views over the pass are amazing. I did this ride as an out and back and also did an out an back on some of the Twenty Mile Creek Trail at Duck Lake. That ride gave me the hihg alpine views and more technical tread to combine with Cow Creek's flow for a great day. Jul 18, 2016
Wayne Ruemmele
McCall, ID
Wayne Ruemmele   McCall, ID
A really fun overgrown doubletrack and singletrack trail. Surprisingly flowy for such a remote backcountry trail. Ride as an out-and-back or as a loop if you don't mind the dirt road. Mar 23, 2017

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