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
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Divide (106)
Nov 19, 2018 @ 2:10pm
Nov 19, 2018
pretty damn snowy. impassable by bike
Hughes Creek #113 (Upper)
Jul 7, 2018 @ 5:14pm
Jul 7, 2018
Met YEP crew there and we cleared a couple deadfall on the trail. Lost a Stihl airbox cover on the trail, if found please return to Wagonhammer campground. Deadfall is cleared Up Hughes Creek, 106, and down Twin Creek Ridge w/exception of 1 large (48” ) on 106 between Hughes and Twin Creek (easy to bypass.)
Butcherknife Ridge (110)
Jun 3, 2018 @ 2:19pm
Jun 3, 2018
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