8.9 miles
1,492 ft
-1,497 ft
5,116 ft
High Point

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.

Detailed Description
Elk Loop is a 9 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near North Fork Idaho. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 1,492 ft with a max elevation of 5,116 ft then descends -1,497 ft.
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More Stats for Elk Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,789 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,794 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,789 ft
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  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,585 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Lewis And Clark (Meadow Surfer)
Apr 25, 2022 @ 10:04am
Apr 25, 2022
Clear of deadfall and riding pretty well. reporter
Elk Loop
Apr 25, 2022 @ 10:01am
Apr 25, 2022
Snow-free and clear of deadfall. reporter
Elk Loop Grade
Apr 24, 2022 @ 2:20pm
Apr 24, 2022
Apr 24, 2022 @ 2:20pm
Apr 24, 2022
One Cottonwood removed from the trail.
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