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13.7 Miles 22.1 Kilometers



1,165' 355 m


-1,163' -355 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (15°)

7,349' 2,240 m


6,382' 1,945 m


Shared By Jeff Nelson



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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).


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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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
Aug 22, 2016
Claire Sampsel
Great trail! Beautiful views and Lots of river crossings. Accidentally extended our adventure by a mile or so by going the wrong way! 14.7mi
Aug 14, 2016
Brett St. Clair
Did this ride for the first time in 2002 and 2003. Only change is the forest fires' effects on the landscape, but it is still strangely beautiful!!!

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make shure you start on the left road and not go up road to the right Oct 9, 2016
Super scenic ride! However your feet will get wet. I took my shoes off the first couple stream crossing but then you realize you have like a dozen more. Trail is washed out in sections but still a great xc ride. Your enduro bike will be overkill but still worth the ride! Aug 22, 2017
I'm not sure who's responsible for maintaining this area, but they're doing a great job. We only came across one fallen tree and all the sections of trail that were washed out from the stream were fixed and ride-able. Things looked a little dead--typical for late season riding. I bet it's beautiful in the spring, but then you have to deal with all the fallen trees and high streams. Great ride overall. Would ride again. Sep 4, 2018

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