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A great trail through the heart of the remote and scenic Lemhi Mountain Range.


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11.8

Miles

19.0

KM

Singletrack

9,686' 2,952 m

High

7,246' 2,209 m

Low

2,857' 871 m

Up

844' 257 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Description

Big Timber Creek Trail can be ridden as an out-and-back or as a part of several loops, the most common being the Yellow Peak Loop with Rocky Creek Trail. It has some great, smooth singletrack, some chunky technical sections and some unavoidable hike-a-bike.

Access to Big Timber Creek is via the Timber Creek Road #105. This is a rough road so many start their ride closer to the USFS kiosk board near Swan Basin. It is 4.5 miles from the kiosk to the start of the trail.

The official beginning of the trail is at a gate across Big Timber Road just uphill from a shallow stream crossing. It then climbs and follows this road, past another wire gate, about 1/4 mile where a good singletrack bears left away from the road.

This short trail contours down and rejoins the ATV road before descending steeply to parallel Big Timber Creek. The trail is open to ATVs to the next gate.

Once past the ATV gate, the trail is easy to follow and well defined. The trails beyond this gate are still open to MX bikes so don't be surprised to hear some "brap." Soon after the gate is a stream crossing. This is Rocky Creek and the Rocky Creek Trail #6184 takes off to the right just after this crossing.

The trail then follows Big Timber Creek along the valley, climbing gently for about another 4 miles before entering the timber and gaining elevation more quickly. This is a short, wet section of trail near the end of the sage valley in an aspen grove and a little ways above the junction with Cabin Creek Trail.

After entering the timber, the trail gets much more technical and climbs close to 2000' to the pass between Big Timber and the Park Fork. Much of this section is open sage meadows mixed with steeper and chunkier riding.

Near the head of Big Timber Creek, the trail crosses several springs and has been badly washed out. This makes for technical and tricky descending but very tough climbing. Above the washout, the trail crosses a boggy area then turns and climbs up on a steep bench, passing giant white pine skeletons along the way to the pass.

North of the pass, at 9700', the trail drops 300' vertical across a rocky scree field. There are some beautifully constructed, terraced switchbacks criss-crossed by dirt-bike shortcuts. This makes for very difficult, sometimes exposed, descending...and basically impossible climbing.

Beyond the scree field, the trail rolls and climbs along the edge of the head of the Park Fork of Pahsimeroi's Big Creek to the junction with Rocky Creek Trail #6184.

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Shared By:

David Lingle

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Photos

Rolling in front of majestic Yellow Peak.
May 5, 2016 near Challis, ID
Late Fall snows along the Big Timber Creek Trail.
May 5, 2016 near Challis, ID
Heading toward Big Timber Creek and the core of the Lemhi Mountains.
May 5, 2016 near Challis, ID
Riding out the lower end of Big Timber Creek.
May 5, 2016 near Challis, ID
Descending through a few rocks on Big Timber Creek Trail.
May 5, 2016 near Challis, ID
Yellow Peak under the first snow of late Fall. Upper end of Rocky Creek Trail.
Apr 23, 2016 near Challis, ID

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