17 miles
3,996 ft
-4,298 ft
2 miles
High Point

CDT - Jahnke Loop is a remote backcountry ride that follows an amazing section of the Continental Divide Trail through the Beaverhead Mountains.

2012 saw the CDT route changed to newly constructed trail along the divide and then down to Jahnke Lake. Huge views of Idaho's Lemhi and Salmon River Valleys to the West and Montana's Big Hole Valley to the East are to be had.

This Loop follows the Goldstone Jeep Road as the "easiest" way up to the top of the divide and the CDT from the Skinner Meadows Road, climbing roughly 1600'. The CDT then follows closely the crest of the Beaverhead Mountains above the Darkhorse and Wimpey drainages before dropping into the North end of Darkhorse.

There is a steep climb back out of Darkhorse to a saddle and a view of the Jahnke drainage. The descent here is steep and can be technical, but highlights some amazing trail building, as it winds down toward Jahnke Creek.

Nearing Jahnke Creek is a trail intersection. The main route heads right and down. Taking a left here gives a worthy and short side trip up to Jahnke Lake and the old mining cabins there.

The descent from the Lake down to Skinner Meadows is straightforward singletrack. The Overland Trail begins just after the Jahnke "trailhead" and the road there. Look for an old small sign marking it.

Camping: There are many informal camping areas in Skinner Meadows. Reservoir Lake Campground is a few miles south of Goldstone Jeep Road. Bloody Dick Cabin is a USFS Rental Cabin near Reservoir Lake.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for CDT - Jahnke Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    7,335 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,637 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,335 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,586 ft
Avg: 5 (2 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Activity Type
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

CDT (Jahnke)
Sep 22, 2018 @ 7:25pm
Sep 22, 2018
Trail clear of deadfall and riding well. Rumor has it the USFS actually cleared the trail! reporter
Goldstone Jeep Road (7327)
Sep 3, 2017 @ 7:12pm
Sep 3, 2017
Overland Trail (36: Jahnke to Skinner Meadows)
Aug 5, 2015 @ 8:10pm
Aug 5, 2015
Jahnke Lake (113)
Aug 5, 2015 @ 8:10pm
Aug 5, 2015
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