15 miles
2,653 ft
-4,877 ft
2 miles
High Point

A favorite of Salmon riders, Butcher Knife - Ax Park offers some great high country riding. Singletrack follows the spine of the mountains dividing Montana and Idaho with huge views into both. Once the trail leaves the divide it drops "two steps down one step up" into the Hughes Creek drainage to Ax Park.

Ride this as a loop by climbing ~8 miles and ~3000' on West Fork Hughes Creek Road (088 ).

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Trails in Route


  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Butcherknife Ridge - Ax Park mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,224 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,084 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,307 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,084 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,892 ft
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Packed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Hughes Creek (113)
Jun 13, 2018 @ 4:49pm
Jun 13, 2018
The trail has been logged-out from the Divide Trail to Salzar Bar. Over 45 trees cleared, including 5 snags/ leaners. About 25 feet of brushing was performed in order to eliminate a "Widow Maker". The trail is in good condition. So the whole route with Butcher Knife, Tin Can ,Divide and Hughes creek is open for fun.
Divide (106)
Jun 13, 2018 @ 4:44pm
Jun 13, 2018
The trail between Butch Knife and Hughes Creek has been logged out. there's hardly any snow left and the trail is fast.
Butcherknife Ridge (110)
Jun 3, 2018 @ 2:19pm
Jun 3, 2018
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