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Potato Mountain Ride



13.7 mile 22.1 kilometer loop
85% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,165' 355 m
Descent: -1,163' -355 m
High: 7,349' 2,240 m
Low: 6,382' 1,945 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)


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Fischer Creek gets all the tourists, but locals all come here.

Jeff Nelson

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This is a great ride that includes steep singletrack climbing, flowing descents, open meadows, and several large creek crossings on cross-country terrain. The majority of this ride is singletrack with some access road to start and finish the loop.

Note that this trail is best if ridden clockwise (as shown).

Need to Know

Note that this area has changed significantly in the aftermath of a forest fire—be aware of washouts and deadfall.


Stanley, Idaho is the nearest town just a few miles to the east, which is where you can get supplies and such if needed. This area was hit very hard in a 2012 forest fire so you'll see remnants of that fire as you ride.

To get to the trailhead, you want to head north on Forest Road 653. It intersects with a few other forest service roads, so just make sure you stay on 653 by following signs to the point where it makes a "Y" with Kelly Creek Road. You can park along here.

Start out heading clockwise on the western branch of Kelly Creek Road, and the road will quickly turn into a singletrack that will very quickly turn into steep climbing. The good news is that you get most of the climbing done right at the beginning to earn the flowing downhill.

As you crest the steep climb, you'll descend through a tree stand that will quickly lead into an open mountain meadow and work along the tree line. Eventually, you ride into a large meadow and there will be an obvious trail intersection where you'll want to head right on the East Fork Valley Trail.

From here you work along and through Little Basin Creek until it ties into Basin Creek and a multi-use trail. Here you'll go right, heading southeast by south. You'll follow this trail along the creekside and will come onto a trail/road/creek intersection.

At this point, you'll be on the east side of the creek and will need to head west and cross the creek onto a multi-use trail that will feed into Kelly Creek Road. From here you'll stay on this road back to your vehicle.

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Aug 24, 2019
Matthew Guerin
Jul 20, 2019
Mark Klinger
Lots of down trees, a few washouts, and a massive avalanche debris field blocks the trail. Ride this trail carefully. Trees can drop at anytime.
Jun 23, 2019
Jim Snow
Lots (>50) of downed trees and deep rivers to carry bike across plus avalanche of trees blocking trail. Had to carry my bike up hill to get around. 16.5mi
Sep 3, 2018
Gustavo Guillen
I'd rate it 4.5 stars if I could. Great ride. Too bad it all got burned to a crisp. The only thing it's missing are some trees! 14mi — 1h 52m
Aug 12, 2018
Keith Crawford
Aug 11, 2018
Dave Do
10-12 trees down along a the way. Multiple creek crossings. Very burned out area from past fires 13.8mi
Jul 10, 2018
Rebecca Stover
Jun 6, 2018
Ryan Moore
Multiple downed trees on trail. Multiple sections washed out by creek. 13.7mi

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I really am starting to think that Idaho has the most buff trails.
Aug 22, 2017 near Challis, ID
Kitty litter singletrack dust.
Aug 22, 2017 near Challis, ID
Meadows, burn zones and buff singletrack!
Aug 22, 2017 near Challis, ID
The big meadow at the top of the loop.
Aug 22, 2017 near Challis, ID
Passing a creek on the Potato Mountain Loop.
Jul 19, 2015 near Challis, ID
Avalanche blowout covers the trail completely, approximately 5.5 miles from the trailhead. Go around up the left side of picture.
Jul 21, 2019 near Challis, ID

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