21 miles
Distance
5,921 ft
Climb
-5,921 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.

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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 5
flag 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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  • + 1
flag Joeintern (21 hours ago)
 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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  • + 1
flag Joeintern (21 hours ago)
 Ha, whoops... I thought you were the Bham rider I was following yesterday... wrong year.
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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
More Stats for Angel's Staircase mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,718 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,718 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,718 ft
  • Grade max
    -46.643%
  • Grade min
    43.659%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    10 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,682 ft
Avg: 4.65 (3 votes)

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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Trail 1259.21
Sep 24, 2017 @ 8:16pm
21 hours
Although the trail up the other side - above Cooney Lake has snow - this side was snow free as of 9/23. It is fairly ridable in the rocky, upper section, and perfect on the lower section.
Summit Trail
Sep 21, 2017 @ 8:08am
Sep 21, 2017
Fire danger on this trail is gone. Higher trail(s) may have new snow on them. reporter
Eagle Lake Trail
Sep 21, 2017 @ 8:08am
Sep 21, 2017
Fire danger on this trail is gone. Higher trail(s) may have new snow on them. reporter
Martin Creek Trail #429 Climb
Sep 21, 2017 @ 8:08am
Sep 21, 2017
Fire danger on this trail is gone. Higher trail(s) may have new snow on them. reporter
NF Road 4340300
Sep 21, 2017 @ 8:08am
Sep 21, 2017
Fire danger on this trail is gone. Higher trail(s) may have new snow on them. reporter
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