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Little Casino to Big Casino

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 5.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An extremely challenging route rewarded with incredible scenery.


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Map Key

20.1

Miles

32.4

KM

100%

Singletrack

9,518' 2,901 m

High

6,130' 1,868 m

Low

3,749' 1,143 m

Up

3,753' 1,144 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.

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E-Bikes Allowed

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Overview

This route is not for the faint of heart. It's steep with a lot of technical sections both uphill and downhill. For those who give it a go...you'll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of both the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains.

Description

Start at the Casino Creek Campground and roll up the Little Casino Creek (trail to your right) drainage on a mellow, contouring trail.

About 1.5 miles in, the climbing begins on very steep grades. At one point, the route breaks out of the trees to cross an open, steep hillside on narrow trail.

The climb eventually settles into a more moderate grade. As you reach the top of this long ascent, you'll break out of the trees into a meadow with a spectacular view. Continue across the meadow through big trees to the intersection with Sunny Gulch.

Stay left and start a very long and continuous climb along the ridgeline. You'll be distracted by more incredible scenery, especially the views of the Sawtooth Mountains to the west.

Push, pull and crank your way up to an intersection with Boundary Creek trail. Enjoy a brief interlude from the steep grades before heading straight towards Martin-Big Casino. The last bit of the climb skirts the edge of the Big Casino Creek drainage.

Turn left at the four-way intersection and start the descent down Martin-Big Casino.

The first downhill from Sunny Gulch heads north, taking you by Casino Lakes and then into Big Casino Creek. The descent is steep, continuous and very rugged. Expect numerous root drops and maneuvers over big rocks. Take your time, the technical challenge is very constant.

The grade mellows out towards the bottom, finishing at the Casino Creek Campground.

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Leslie Kehmeier

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The top of Little Casino with the Sawtooths in the background
Sep 8, 2014 near Challis, ID
The views on Sunny Gulch are to die for!
Jul 5, 2017 near Challis, ID
Starting the ridge crossing
Jul 15, 2020 near Challis, ID
The views are stellar
Jul 15, 2020 near Challis, ID
Starting the long climb up.
Jul 15, 2020 near Challis, ID
Trail here has a bit of a soft/sandy surface. Later it turns into one long hard packed rock garden as you gain elevation.
Aug 27, 2016 near Challis, ID

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