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Hardtrigger Canyon Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 2.8 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Great climb up NW Passage, down Hardtrigger Drop, and through Hardtrigger Canyon.


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11.6

Miles

18.6

KM

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Singletrack

3,323' 1,013 m

High

2,465' 751 m

Low

1,148' 350 m

Up

1,151' 351 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

Great singletrack and doubletrack loop in the Owyhees with great views, a fast downhill, and a slalom course through Hardtrigger Canyon. Lots of fun.

Need to Know

Some steep, rocky climbs, fast descents, creek crossings, and lots of fun.

Description

Start off from the Wilson Creek trailhead. Ride up Mr Wilson's Warmup (W100). After crossing Wilson Creek, take a right onto NW Passage (W211 to W200). After climbing to the top of the plateau at 4 Corners intersection, take a right to stay on W200 to descend Hardtrigger Drop. Halfway down, take a right to again stay on W200. At the bottom, take W261 or the road downhill into Stuart Gulch. Cross Hardtrigger Creek and look for a faint trail that is W270 that leads into the cliffy Hardtrigger Canyon. Ride the singletrack down the canyon crossing the creek about 10 times.

At a fork in the trail, either take a left to hike-a-bike above a waterfall, or continue straight to cross the creek and climb a steep hill that becomes a 4WD road high above the canyon. Follow the 4WD road and take a right at the next major intersection to continue on Road 37152. Follow 37152 until you come to a gate that marks the start of a singletrack that shortcuts 37152 and 37159. You'll need to pass through a barbed wire gate. Follow the singletrack until you come to Road 37159 and again pass through a barbed wire gate. Immediately after the gate, take a right onto W230 that gently climbs a ridge. Descend the ridge and take a right onto Road 37158. Cross Wilson Creek and take a left on W37166 to return to the parking lot.

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Shared By:

Rob Tuft

Trail Ratings

  2.8 from 5 votes

#3395

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  2.8 from 5 votes
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Singletrack in Hardtrigger Canyon
Apr 21, 2019 near Marsing, ID
Stuart Gulch at the mouth of Hardtrigger Canyon. Look for the singletrack just beyond the creek and fence.
Apr 21, 2019 near Marsing, ID

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Mar 20, 2021
Mykal Davis
Pretty fun especially the canyon run with all the creek crossings but after that the trail back to the lot sucks
Nov 24, 2020
Aaron Null
Nov 3, 2020
Colton Whitsitt
Great trail through a red rock canyon. Uphills and downhills aren't that bad. — 2h 30m