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Good beginner/intermediate route; a lot of work to start but ends very good.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

65%

Singletrack

5,518' 1,682 m

High

5,014' 1,528 m

Low

539' 164 m

Up

536' 163 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This route has nice hand-dug singletrack but also flowy two track. Good trail to build confidence.

Need to Know

There may be livestock here in the summer. Be courteous, these moms and babies scare easy. If you weighed 1,000 lbs, would you want to run from someone on a bike?

Description

From the trailhead, go right on the Never Sweat trail. Remember to breath on this uphill stretch. Keep eyes open for fossils in the dirt of the trail (belemnites).

After the short flat, there is a steep pitch up. See how far you can make it. Continue to the trail sign under the powerlines. At this junction, stay to the left on the two track and continue climbing. The trail joins Breakneck to the "Hub." Follow Breakneck straight up hill. It's a grind but you can do it!

At the junction (trail sign 22), take the left singletrack (Hog Pen). This pleasant singletrack winds through the pine and a meadow. This meadow is full of flowers in the summer. You can smell the horse mint (bee balm) in July. It is very nice. Control your speed on the downhill, there is a sharp turn at the bottom. Here, you pop out into another meadow. In the middle of this meadow is a shallow pond. It is used by elk as a wallow. Hence the name Hog Pen. Take the trail to the left, it changes into two track. Enjoy the rolling, gentle downhill.

Continue on to Upcast. But you're going to be riding down it. There are rollers and bermed turns. Weather you jump off the rollers or just roll them it is still fun! When you go under the low tree and break out in to the next meadow, take the turn to the right. This is Jumbo.

Jumbo is a good singletrack. Stay to the left at the fork, coming out to a two track. You'll only be on it a short bit then bomb straight into Salt Creek. Maintain as much speed as you can to climb the first hill. Salt Creek is like Jumbo, more singletrack. It has some exposed rock but not bad. As you come out to the open, follow the trail right, then hang left on to Founder. This segment of Founder is called Skunk by the builder. His dogs found a dead skunk while he was digging. He took the skunk away and had to hang it in tree branches to keep the dogs from playing with it. The trail segment stunk like skunk for weeks.

Follow Founder back toward the trailhead. Under the power lines, veer right onto the Calf singletrack. Staying on the singletrack, bomb back to the trailhead. If you're good, you'll try the skinny by the gate.

History & Background

There is a broken-down wood outhouse towards the end of this route; it was part of the golf course that was here. Yes, in the early 1920's or so, there was a golf course where there is now trees.

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Shared By:

Jeremy Dedic

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Photos

North end of Salt Creek Trail.  A hand dug singletrack.
May 15, 2021 near Newcastle, WY
Looking back up Calf. This is right by the Trailhead.
May 15, 2021 near Newcastle, WY
Salt Creek, looking at the jct with Cambria and Founder.
May 15, 2021 near Newcastle, WY
Last bit before the parking area. Have fun.
May 15, 2021 near Newcastle, WY
Salt Creek trail
May 15, 2021 near Newcastle, WY
Salt Creek, fun singletrack.
May 15, 2021 near Newcastle, WY

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