Idaho Trail Segment 6
ElevationAscent: 3,566' 1,087 m
Descent: -6,641' -2,024 m
High: 9,714' 2,961 m
Low: 5,556' 1,694 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“An Idaho Trail singletrack mountain segment from Frog Lake to the Gardner Creek Trail.”— Chris Wandervans
If you turn right on Hwy 75, you'll come to the Old Sawmill Station or if you continue on the route to Torrey's RV/Hotel/Resturant along Hwy 75 on the route. Both locations have a mix of supplies and it would be worth a call if you want something specific. Torrey's has showers which might feel nice since you won't have another chance for a while. These are your last stops for a very, very long time!
Also all the mountain segments when done as bike packs should be done with the lightest gear possible that does not bog the bike down in technical sections. So pack light and travel fast.
The French Creek Trail saw extensive tread work in 2014 and is in great shape compared to years past. The trail begins on Railroad Ridge and descends off the ridge starting as a jeep road. The jeep road last for approximately five miles and the trail becomes singletrack as you enter into a stand of dense trees. The jeep road portion is not overly challenging, but can have some wash outs and ruts along the way so keep your speed in check since you are in the middle of nowhere.
On the singletrack, the trail is rocky and challenging since it is fairly steep and exposed. As you get further into the drainage, the grade mellows and you'll follow along French Creek as you transition from trees into sagebrush hills. Please be respectful of land owners' property at the bottom of the trail.
At the bottom, you'll ride out on a forest service road to Hwy 75. At this point, the route continues left, but if you need supplies take a right and go to Old Sawmill Station or you continue on the route to Torrey's RV/Hotel/Resturant along Hwy 75 on the route. Both locations have a mix of supplies and it would be worth a call if you want something specific. Torrey's has showers which might feel nice since you won't have another chance for a while. These are your last stops for a very, very long time!
Ride south on Hwy 75 along the Salmon River until you hit the Gardner Creek Trail. The Gardner Creek Trail starts at the Snyder Springs Picnic area right off Hwy 75. The picnic area is tucked in and easy to miss the first time (or even the second time). This is the end of the day and camping spots can be found nearby or lodging.
Local Club: Wood River Bicycle Coalition
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