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Lick Fork Rd - Pinkham Butte - Asotin Creek Trail Loop

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Tough 4+ hour loop. Map and GPS a must. Elk and sheep sightings possible. Snow may be up high when no snow below.


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Map Key

21.6

Miles

34.7

KM

70%

Singletrack

4,639' 1,414 m

High

1,950' 594 m

Low

2,824' 861 m

Up

2,824' 861 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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During late fall through early spring, you must park 0.5 miles down the road from the trailhead (road is closed to vehicles those times). Discover Pass required when you can park at the trailhead.

Overview

This CCW loop is a long day of going up, searching for the Pinkham Trail that drops 1,000', then riding the last 11 miles of Asotin Creek Trail singletrack that has downed trees and sharp hidden rock in sections. Ticks are out in the spring. You'll have some beautiful views along the way. Look for elk and sheep.

Need to Know

Bring a headlamp, extra clothing, food, repair gear. You may be alone all day long. Make sure you have lots of daylight.

Description

Start at the Asotin Creek Trail trailhead (or park 0.5 miles down the road if the road is closed and gated for the winter). Discover Pass required for trailhead parking.

Bike up Lick Fork Road 3.6 miles and take the left 'Farm Trail/Road' on NF-350/NF-351. At mile 6.2, you go right 0.15 miles through farm land/wheat field to get up to the ridge. Follow the ridgeline and eventually it becomes NF-163. You'll be on some rocky surfaces.

At mile 8, you go right onto Forest Service road NF-163 and weave through a forested area. Check your map and MTB Project mobile app because around mile 9.2 is where you have to find the entrance to the Pinkham Trail (difficult to find the first time - GPS or map required).

Pinkham is more suited for a hiker. You may slip down this trail on the edge of the slope, weave through a forested area, and a mile later hit the Asotin Creek Trail and the creek. Turn left and ride 11 miles (1,500' down) back to the parking area.

The singletrack sounds easy until you hit hidden, sharp rock the first three miles, haul your bike over/under many downed trees. The closer you get to the end, the easier the trail becomes. The last 3 or so miles is a former dirt/rock 'road' along the creek.

History & Background

Elk, bighorn sheep live here.

Contacts

Shared By:

Dave Peckham

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Photos

Starting down S. Pinkham Trail
Oct 10, 2014 near Pomeroy, WA
Flowy section of the N. Fork trail
Oct 10, 2014 near Asotin, WA
The hill area along the N. Fork Asotin Creek
Oct 10, 2014 near Asotin, WA
Crossing Lick Creek full of Spring run off.
Oct 10, 2014 near Asotin, WA
Taking a break from steep climb up S. Pinkham trail.
Oct 10, 2014 near Pomeroy, WA
View after turning off Lick Creek road
Jan 28, 2021 near Asotin, WA

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