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Big Eddy Trail

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A hiking trail open to bikes that is mostly rideable with flow sections, technical, and views.


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8.6

Miles

13.8

KM

Singletrack

2,152' 656 m

High

1,611' 491 m

Low

1,209' 369 m

Up

1,196' 364 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features Commonly Bikepacked

Family Friendly Camping close to parking.

Please don't ride it when very muddy. Bikes are allowed, non-motorized, please dismount for hikers and horses. No hunting. Entrance fee if parking in Dworshak State Park.

Description

A few steep grades with switchbacks too tight to ride, but otherwise a fun almost year-round singletrack challenge through woods with some views, alternating between steep technical sections and flowy smooth singletrack.

From Big Eddy Recreation Site, the trail starts with steep tight switchbacks up over water bars, a warm-up is suggested if you want to try to power up this. This is followed by a steep technical downhill to the first bridge. You could almost call this first half mile the entrance exam, because it's really the most technically difficult spot, though there are several other isolated obstacles on the trail.

There are many camping spots (bikepacking anyone?) and swimming spots if riding when warm. Near the northern end, there is a sustained climb leading to an awesome downhill on overgrown logging road down into final mile of technical singletrack ending shortly after it crosses Freeman Creek.

Could shuttle cars to the end to make it just under 9mi, or turn around and enjoy it in reverse, because it's a unique experience in reverse.

This trail will get better the more we have folks riding it, so hope to get the word out, thanks!

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Josef Jesse

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  3.0 from 3 votes

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#865

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#19,532

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This is around mile marker 7.5 and facing south (bike pointing north). It gives you a good impression of the narrowness of the singletrack but not the exposure or steepness of the trail.
May 21, 2018 near Orofino, ID
The bridge over Freeman Creek around mile 8.5 facing north. Steep switchbacks are next, then a nice stretch of singletrack back to the parking area on the north end. Evidence of moose cutting the switchbacks was obvious!
May 21, 2018 near Orofino, ID
Moss along the Big Eddy.
Jan 17, 2018 near Orofino, ID
Heading through the vibrant green moss on Big Eddy.
Jan 17, 2018 near Orofino, ID
This is around mile marker 7.5 and facing north.
May 21, 2018 near Orofino, ID
Singletrack
Nov 12, 2017 near Orofino, ID

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May 17, 2020
Sally Burton
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May 20, 2018
Jeffrey Mergler
On limited time I rode it from mile 9 backwards to the summit and back to the parking lot on the freeman side. stiff climbs, narrow singletrack, fun! 5.6mi — 1h 15m