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Potato Mountain Ride

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 3.4 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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13.7

Miles

22.1

KM

85%

Singletrack

7,349' 2,240 m

High

6,382' 1,945 m

Low

1,165' 355 m

Up

1,163' 355 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jeff Nelson with improvements by Mark Klinger and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 17 votes

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  3.4 from 17 votes
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Photos

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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Aug 10, 2020
robert frank
Trail is in good condition. Most of the creek crossings are rideable. No downed trees
Aug 8, 2020
Carrie Elliott
Rode with Kemps. All deadfall cleared. Fun creek crossings. Beautiful ride. Tough beginning ascent. Heart pumping!
Jul 19, 2020
Sue Conner
The trail is mostly clear (only 2 downed trees, but that can change any time) and the water is still high. You'll definitely get wet. Fun ride.
Jul 3, 2020
JD Leckenby
Fun ride. No downed trees. Many creek crossings. 13.8mi — 2h 14m
Jun 4, 2020
Junior Shassler
Unrideable 200+ downed trees, very dangerous falling burned trees, 8 or so crossings of a thigh deep fast "creek" huge debris pile, trail hard to trac 15.7mi — 4h 30m
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