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dblack Mt. Elwell Trail

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Trail

4.9 mile 7.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 776' 237 m
Descent: -1,892' -577 m
High: 7,736' 2,358 m
Low: 6,081' 1,854 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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Trail shared by Joel Wilson

A fun and technical trail going over the summit of Mt. Elwell. Great views!

Joel Wilson

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Description

This trail is best ridden going north. The climb up the south side is mostly rideable except for the last tenth of a mile or so, where a few sections need to be walked because they get too steep and rocky. The trail passes right next to the summit block at the top of the mountain. The views from here are great, with the Feather River in the valley to the north and the Lakes Basin to the south.

The descent down the north face immediately becomes steep and rocky. It's worth looking at it before plunging in. The whole descent is rideable for expert riders, but most people will be walking down a few steep, loose, and rocky sections. Farther down it becomes faster and less rocky, with some nice flowing turns. At the bottom, you'll intersect the Smith Lake Trail, where you can go left and in a few minutes be relaxing at the edge of the water in a beautiful alpine setting.

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Oct 9, 2016
Barry Sherwood
Started at Grassy Lake. Rode to Silver Lake, then continued west, high above and around Long Lake to Mt. Elwell, then down to Smith Lake. 17mi — 4h 30m
Jun 19, 2016
Jack OH
Start of an epic adventure through Lakes Basin into Downieville

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 5 votes

#5

in Lakes Basin

#3813

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#5

in Lakes Basin

#203

in California

#3,813

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