“A difficult 20-mile loop that takes riders up past Little Casino Creek and down Big Casino Creek, all with great views!
— Scott Andrews
This is a challenging loop that takes riders high above Stanley and provides spectacular views of Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Mountains from across Highway 75. The climb is brutal and will involve significant bike-pushing for even the best riders (there's also some fun climbing, you just won't remember it). The descent is somewhat technical and rocky and is the best part of the ride. The loop is well worth tackling, but be ready for a tough adventure with great views and good biking.
Need to Know
- Bring a water filter and extra clothes.
- A less common alternate to this loop takes riders up the highway and Rough Creek Road to continue up Rough Creek Trail and Sunny Gulch to reach the descent on Martin-Big Casino. This option can be pedaled or partially-shuttled, but it still involves a lot of climbing and some hike-a-bike.
The ride starts and finishes at the Casino Creek Campground just north of Stanley, ID on Highway 75. Ride up the Little Casino
trail, starting in a gully and eventually reaching a ridge overlooking the Sawtooths. As you traverse this ridge, you'll pass a few junctions, at all times continue straight on Little Casino
The views are spectacular, and you'll get plenty of opportunities to check them out while pushing your bike up certain sections. The largest junction is with the Boundary Creek
Trail. After this trail comes in from the right, you'll start up the final, heinous hike-a-bike to the top. Here you're rewarded with views to the east of the White Cloud mountains.
From the top it's a non-stop descent! You'll quickly come to a junction, where you'll turn left onto the Martin-Big Casino
Trail. The descent has some more challenging technical sections, but it's mostly fast, rocky, and fun! Follow this trail for about 10 miles back to the Casino Creek Campground.