The Elk Loop is a great introduction to Wagonhammer rides. A short but tough ride that opens up in early April usually.
A steady ~1000' climb gets you up to the saddle between the Wagonhammer and 4th of July drainages.
Ride through the gate to the contouring trail that takes of from there for the main Elk Loop. This trail sidehills for over 2 miles around the butte. It is primitive and narrow at times and will be a challenging experience for riders new to the area.
Once around the butte, the trail comes to an old Lewis and Clark carsonite marker. Here the bottom drops out of the ride and it descends back to the Wagonhammer Creek bottom.
Follow the trail downstream back to the trailhead.
Local Trail AssociationSalmon Idaho Mountain Bike Association (www.ridesalmon.com)
Trails in Route
Bike typeAM, XC
More Stats for Elk Loop mountain bike route
Altitude min3,768 ft
Altitude start3,768 ft
Altitude end3,768 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down4 miles
Distance flat1,793 ft
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry