30 miles
Distance
9,060 ft
Climb
-9,060 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Angel's Staircase is a physically demanding, epic loop that takes you far from civilization, so bring plenty of food and water and make sure that you carry tools that you know how to use. The rewards are fantastic views of jagged mountains and into beautiful alpine basins filled with flowers, trees, and small lakes.

This route starts at Foggy Dew Trailhead as the Crater Creek Trailhead is undergoing maintenance until Oct 15th 2018

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1 Review & Comments

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flag MisterDirtPaws (Oct 20, 2018 at 9:38)
 This is an amazing, but tough backcountry route. We did this in September 2018 as the fall colors were off the charts. Expect lots of hike a bike on legacy hiking trails. Merchants Basin is gorgeous, and we made the side trip to Sunrise Lake. If I did this ride again, I might pack lightweight trail running shoes for the long hike-a-bike sections to the high elevation point. (Extended hiking in hard soled MTB shoes was rough and slow).

It's slow going, as with many backcountry epics. Be mentally and physically prepared for a long, but stellar day and you'll be fine. There were definitely times on the hike-a-bike sections, where we were questioning the route and checking the map.

The other note is that if I had to do it again, I might skip the Merchant's Basin section and ride up to Cooney lake. Merchants basin was slow going... still epic.
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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Angel's Staircase (Foggy Dew Entrance) mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,526 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,526 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,526 ft
  • Grade max
    -47.163%
  • Grade min
    62.607%
  • Distance climb
    15 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,889 ft
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Eagle Lake Trail
      Oct 15, 2018 @ 11:00am
      Oct 15, 2018
      Merchants Basin Trail 417.1
      Oct 5, 2018 @ 6:17am
      Oct 5, 2018
      Fantastic descent. Some big, sometimes avoidable ruts.
      Martin Creek Trail 429
      Oct 5, 2018 @ 6:13am
      Oct 5, 2018
      Dusting of snow, rode up this to access Cooney lake and it was rideable in most sections.
      Foggy Dew Trail
      Sep 25, 2018 @ 6:42am
      Sep 25, 2018
      The trail is running great! No issues. Climbed it and descended it.
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      Sep 22, 2018 @ 10:50am
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