Idaho Trail Segment 3
ElevationAscent: 2,505' 763 m
Descent: -3,156' -962 m
High: 7,419' 2,261 m
Low: 4,790' 1,460 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 55% (29°)
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“This is an Idaho Trail singletrack mountain segment.”— Chris Wandervans
From a mountain bikers perspective, the third segment is best done from late June through late October. Unlike the first two segments, you'll need to worry about downed trees and snow, hence the recommendation to not start until late June.
The third segment starts at the Hunter Creek transfer camp with a downhill on the Hunter Creek Connector. You'll then hit the North Fork Lime Creek Trail and need to cross the river. This first crossing can be high early in the season. Once across the river, you'll stay right and climb a ridge before hitting another crossing. The next crossing is challenging since a beaver has been busy at work. Please scout this crossing out since it may be deep in sections.
Once across, you'll continue to stay right and begin the climb up the North Fork of Lime Creek. This trail has many crossings and some short and quick ups. The grade is mellow, though, until the very end and then you might have a little pushing.
Once at the top, you'll bear right onto the Virginia Gulch Trail #037. The first mile of this trail is actually an ATV-width trail, but then the remaining trail is singletrack. The ATV portion is a descent down a steep ridge line into a drainage.
Once in the drainage, you'll cross a road. From this point the trail is singletrack and will climb at a mellow pace back up to the ridge line. Then the trail will meander along the ridge for a while, and you'll have some amazing views. You'll then cross a second road and continue along a mellow course.
Once you make the third road crossing, the trail character will change dramatically. You'll be dumped onto a rugged and steep trail with some tight switchbacks as you descend Virginia Creek. This section of trail is very rowdy and will test your bike handling skills for sure. As the valley widens, you'll finish at a nice bridge and the South Fork of the Boise.
Local Club: Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association
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