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Fishtrap Lake Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 2.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A scenic combination of new singletrack being created and existing abandoned jeep trails


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8.5

Miles

13.8

KM

80%

Singletrack

2,187' 666 m

High

1,994' 608 m

Low

374' 114 m

Up

373' 114 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Be aware of possible closures. Call the BLM Spokane District Office for more information at (509) 536-1200.

Overview

The BLM is making a complete loop at Fishtrap Recreation Area on singletrack trail. Part of the trail is complete, part is finished but is currently very rideable, and part is still incomplete. This loop connects the portions that currently can be ridden. Ride this trail and then volunteer to help work on this trail!

Need to Know

There are enough new finished singletrack trails that there are multiple options for completing this loop. I will add new GPS trail options in the future. Note, I rode this trail today 1/27/2018 on a fat bike with 5 inch tires to minimize damage to the trail. The trail is completely open but is flowing water in some places and in other areas has ponds of water in the trail. Much of the trail is rocky soil and is rideabe when wet but other areas are softer soil. Please use care not to damage the trail.

Description

The trail is all on BLM land and starts at the parking area located on Fishtrap Rd. Enter through the gate and continue southwest on the existing doubletrack mowed road and signed with "trail" signs. Ride about 1.5 to 2 miles and be watching for a brand new trail exiting on the left (southeast).

Turn left on this trail and enjoy this moderately technical section of the trail as it first heads towards Fishtrap Lake and then winds its way through the basalt layers along the lake. The trail is rideable but has several burned trees that have fallen over the trail recently. Since there was a fire here last year, these burned trees will continue to fall in this area.

This trail continues in a southwest direction along the lake and has very scenic views of the lake. The trail goes through a gate then continues to wind its way to a flat plateau about 40 feet directly above the lake. This is a great place for a break while you take in the scenery. The new singletrack becomes old signed doubletrack as it leaves the lake in a northwest direction.

Continue northwest on this doubletrack for a couple miles until you arrive at a parking area with a bathroom. Look for the trail on the northeast side of the outhouse where it becomes singletrack again and heads northeast through a scenic broad valley with a number of small ponds.

After about 1 mile to 1.5 miles, the trail will cross a doubletrack. Turn right on the doubletrack for a couple 100 feet and follow it up a gradual hill. Near the top of this short rise, the new singletrack angles off to the left to follow the rimrock above the lake/pond to your left. Pay attention to stay on the new singletrack as in a few places the cows that are allowed to graze here in the summer have crossed the BLM bike trail with their own trails. This is a fun section that will take you all the way back up over a low rock ridge to where you'll be able to see the parking lot you started from. New singletrack trails continue to be made here by the BLM so explore If you want to help, take a collapsible saw to cut out trees that continue to fall in the burned areas of the singletrack.

History & Background

Areas is an old ranch/ranches that has been transferred in ownership to the BLM.

Contacts

Shared By:

Les Gemar

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Photos

Sign post showing the junction of North and South Loop Trails
Oct 13, 2019 near Cheney, WA
The south end of Fishtrap Lake
Apr 22, 2017 near Cheney, WA
Singletrack snaking through the burn area. Fun and scenic section.
Dec 5, 2016 near Cheney, WA
Doubletrack at the beginning of the Fishtrap Lake Loop.
Dec 5, 2016 near Cheney, WA
Very scenic section on a bench directly above the lake.
Dec 5, 2016 near Cheney, WA
Climbing out of the burn section.
Dec 5, 2016 near Cheney, WA

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Fabian Madero
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