Rick's Basin Tour
ElevationAscent: 1,306' 398 m
Descent: -1,324' -404 m
High: 8,398' 2,560 m
Low: 7,900' 2,408 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“This tour includes several of the Rick's Basin area trails at Grand Targhee Resort.”— Paul Stahlschmidt
This ride has great scenery including nice views from the higher elevations, spectacular summer wildflower displays in the open areas, and beautiful aspens in some of the wooded areas. There are some technical elements on this loop with some scattered rocky and rooty sections. Mostly this is a collection of smooth, excellently maintained singletrack trail.
All of the turns on this ride are RIGHT turns, following a counterclockwise direction on all loops as mapped. Make sure you keep a resort map handy and use the MTB Project mobile app along the way if needed. This whole loop is good in either direction.
The parking at the base is free; resort amenities are not. The resort maintains the trails and expands the network often. Check grandtaarghee.com for updates to trail status information and info on lift tickets. Rick's Basin is also home to some of the Grand Targhee Nordic Trails, an area for Fat Bike riding and Nordic skiing in the winter months.
More Cowbell climbs through some beautiful aspen groves and reaches the high point of the ride just above the intersection with Perma-grin. Perma-grin is aptly named because the descent on this section of the ride drops over 400 ft. in just over 1.5 mi. It is fast, flowy, and fun. When you drop out of the woods, you'll take a few turns uphill, and then intersect again with Rick's Basin Trail. Take a right here and a right at the next intersection to reach Northwoods.
Northwoods is only about 3/4 of a mile - a quick ride up and a quick ride back to where the trail started. Take a right here and ride Quakie Ridge for 3.7 miles. Quakie will climb for a while to a high open area with great views. A long, fast descent follows the high point on this trail, down the ridge and back into the forest, and down to the lowlands of the basin. Take a right again on Rick's Basin Trail and climb the open area to Snowdrift.
Snowdrift has more rocky and ledgy sections than any other trail on this ride. Take a right on Rick's Basin Trail to the J3 intersection again where you'll take a right on Pika Traverse, backtracking a bit before taking a right on Yogi to finish the ride. Yogi is a really fun way to end, with a mostly downhill finish. This ride will end at the base of the Shoshone lift, where you can follow a short gravel road up to the main base area and parking lot.
Land Manager: USFS - Caribou & Targhee National Forests Office