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Horse Heaven Trail

Difficult

Trail

8.9 mile 14.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,987' 606 m
Descent: -2,354' -718 m
High: 7,439' 2,267 m
Low: 5,213' 1,589 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Trevor.

A remote backcountry singletrack with an excellent descent and beautiful scenery.

Trevor.

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features Commonly Bikepacked

Snow covered November-June.

Need to Know

You’re really remote back here. Come prepared.

Description

This trail is some of the finest backcountry singletrack Idaho has to offer. Difficult but mostly rideable climbing, awe inspiring scenery, solitude, and mind blowing descents.

This is an awesome section of trail, but it’s remote and either very strenuous or logistically challenging to ride. I see a few ways to ride it:

A loop in a day: Ride up FSR 312 or Bear River #171, down to Graham and Johnson campgrounds, and then take Horse Heaven Trail for its full length to FSR 327, and then FSR 384 back to the start of 312. Reverse would probably be good, too.

Bikepacking: The above loop would be a good two-day bikepacking loop, or you could make any number of other loops with the trails and roads in the region.

A shuttle: Get a ride to the top of the ridge on FSR 312, and get picked up on 327.

Out and back: Ride till you want to turn around. Ride down the saddle, or to the Johnson Creek CG and back up, or up to Swanholm Peak and back.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Looking back towards Graham. The Rakers are visible way out in the distance.
Oct 28, 2018 near Idaho City, ID
Beautiful views on the Horse Heaven Trail
Oct 28, 2018 near Idaho City, ID
Midway between Johnson Ck TH and the high saddle on Horse Heaven.
Sep 10, 2019 near Idaho City, ID

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