“Experience a great 47 mile, two day shuttle ride!”
— Aaron Camacho
Start in Bliss if you want to do 60 miles, or use the starting point on the map for 47.1 miles. It could be fun to do this one in reverse. At the end of April 2018 there were many creeks along the trail to zoom through, the weather was perfect temps in the low 60's. The route is mostly dirt mountain roads with the last six miles on a rocky doubletrack.
Need to Know
WARNING!!!!!: If you're using a support vehicle, high clearance is needed. There were lots of streams for water at the tail end of April 2018. I would recommend filtering the water as there is a lot of animal waste in the area.
Day 1: Start north of Bliss, Idaho from the parking area labeled on the map. It is 15 miles to the camp and about 2,000 feet of elevation gain. The route follows Hill City Road
(a dirt road) for the first 11 miles as you gradually, though persistently climb. After 11 miles of climbing you'll reach Davis Mountain Road #2402
. This is where things start to ramp up. The grades get steeper and the roads a little worse. The camping area is just a short jaunt off Davis Mountain Road #2402
along a side track and is near a small group of trees.
Day 2: Ride multiple steep climbs past Davis Mountain; this is the most strenuous part of the trip. It is steep and loose in sections, and many may end up having to walk their bikes in places. After Davis Mountain, the descent begins with a 1,200 foot descent along a washed out and rocky road. This can be quite fun on a bike but the support vehicle and those without full suspension may be cursing. (WARNING!!!!!: If using a support vehicle, high clearance is needed).
After the descent, you weave into multiple valleys with climbs on the other side. You then begin my favorite part of the ride: a long but flowing descent through rolling hills and creeks until you reach the turn-off to the Crist Cabin Road # 2401 (Little City of Rocks). Stay left continuing west on this road for a couple miles to the junction with Burnt Wilson #2410. Take a right onto Burnt Wilson (option two is to stay on the dirt road and ride to the highway).
Burnt Wilson is a rougher doubletrack. It is not well-maintained if at all. Sections are quite rocky with a few dry waterfall sections that are fun in their own way (maybe not for the support vehicle). Just before reaching the highway, take a left to head up a dirt road to the parking area to regroup (or collect a car).
It's a beautiful two-day ride complete with lots of wildlife, horned lizards, elk, deer, etc.