21.5 miles
4,843 ft
-4,838 ft
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.

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7 Reviews & Comments

  • + 5
lacykemp (Sep 25, 2016 at 21:42)
 Rode this loop on Saturday, September 24th. It is a big day, but not nearly as challenging as I had expected. We lucked out with stellar weather and tacky dirt (a rarity on this side of the pass). The climb to Angel's Staircase is long, but not impossible. The big challenge comes with the hike-a-bike on the last ~1000' of elevation gain. It feels vertical. Carrying our bikes seemed like the most practical thing.

The rest of the ride until the second peak is pretty fun. A long descent down the backside of Angel's Staircase was challenging with some big shale sections mixed in. The climb to the 2nd peak was much faster, not as steep, but very rocky so, again, we hiked most of it. The descent down Eagle Lake trail is absolutely ripping and one of most fun rides I've had on my bike in a long, long time.
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Joeintern (Sep 24, 2017 at 20:09)
 The snow above Cooney Lake (~7200 ft) made the hike-a-bike longer and more difficult than it should have been... but it was heartening to follow in your footsteps. : )
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Joeintern (Sep 24, 2017 at 20:22)
 Ha, whoops... I thought you were the Bham rider I was following yesterday... wrong year.
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maffein (Jul 11, 2019 at 6:15)
 Rode the loop July 9. Trails all clear. Bring bug spray if you plan to stop near any of the lakes. Eagle Lake Trail is a little beat up/loose from horse traffic. Tough ride, fair bit of hike-a-bike, but gorgeous views.
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vikb (Sep 1, 2019 at 8:13)
 I put in a lap on the AS Loop a couple days ago. Everything is running well with a bit of rain to keep the dust down. Highly recommended.
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alfotsch (Mar 29, 2021 at 10:34)
 Is there a standard time of year that these trails tend to be fully thawed and melted?
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jimmyvincent (Jul 17, 2021 at 19:56)
 I did this loop from the Crater Creek trailhead, and my log shows 5900+ elevation and 23.6 miles. Amazing views, awesome terrain, but the whole section from the lake below the Staircase to the second pass felt like foolishness on a mountain bike. I’m a strong climber, but this was an insane amount of pushing up steep scrabble alpine hiking trails. Next time I would opt for an out and back on Martin’s Creek or Eagle to the pass and skip going over to the back side. PS, mid-July biting flies are evil and relentless anywhere near the lakes to the summits.

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More Stats for Angel's Staircase mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,757 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,757 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,760 ft
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  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,064 ft
Avg: 3.75 (8 votes)

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