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Pioneer-Halleluja Loop

 4.0 (3)

11.2 Miles 18.0 Kilometers



1,090' 332 m


-1,091' -332 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (12°)

4,640' 1,414 m


4,058' 1,237 m


Shared By Mindy T.



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A fun intermediate loop that uses the best section of the Pioneer Trail and return via Hallelujah Trail.

Mindy T.

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This is a great intermediate loop that uses the best section of the Pioneer Trail and a return via the Hallelujah Trail, which features a steep switchback descent.

Need to Know

Poor satellite coverage in the area so be prepared. If you get lost, head north to find your way back to the highway or take a look at the MTB Project mobile app.


Start from the parking lot just off Hwy 20 near the entrance to the White Cloud campground. Follow signs to Pioneer Trail down a dirt road around the south side of the campground. You'll know you're on the correct road as you pass the small campground amphitheater.

At the first Y intersection under the power lines, take the road to the left. Keep an eye out for the signs for Pioneer Trail, which is the start of the singletrack trail. The start of this trail is about a 1/2 mile from the parking lot. Ride for about two miles to a wide open gravel area, and keep relatively straight to find Pioneer Trail again.

At Skillman Horse Camp, go straight, then find the Pioneer Trail again. Within a few hundred feet there will be a Y junction in the trail. Pioneer Trail goes towards the left and the start of Hallelujah Trail is to the right. Follow the signs to stay on this trail as it passes dirt roads. After a fun switchback section, then a long descent, there will be a junction with a dirt road. Go right for about 20 ft up that road, then take a sharp onto Hallelujah Trail. After a bit of a climb, you'll end up at the same wide open gravel area previously passed before Skillman. This is the end of Hallelujah Trail.

Take the trail to the left, which brings you back to Pioneer Trail for the return home. After about 1.5 miles there will be a Y in the trail. Either way returns back, though the trail to the left is less steep of a climb.

History & Background

The detour at White Cloud campground makes it difficult to follow older maps of Pioneer Trail.


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Jul 22, 2018
Rachel Woolf
May 27, 2018
Fun and cruiser 13mi — 1h 57m
Jan 6, 2018
Rob Sheldon
Fun! Muddy, some debris. Take a GPS. 12mi — 2h 30m

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Fairly new mountain biker -- this trail was challenging but I had a blast! Very muddy on 01/06, as expected. Also a couple of down trees (one small "low bridge", one big log) and a bit of debris, especially on Hallelujah. I didn't find the rocky bits to be too bad. The downhill stretch in Hallelujah was exciting. Taking a GPS was a good idea (and thanks for the .gpx!), I was unfamiliar with the area and would've easily gotten lost out here. White Cloud campground is closed right now. Looks like the forest service is doing some tree limbing and falling. There's big debris all over the campground and the gate is shut. Public parking still appears to be open and the gate looked more like "closed to camping" than "closed to visitors" to me. It was nice and quiet out there too, only saw two other folks out there. Jan 7, 2018

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