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 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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    One Direction
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More Stats for Elk Loop mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    1 hr 50 min
  • Altitude min
    3,789 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,794 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,789 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • 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)
Jun 18, 2023 @ 9:45pm
Jun 18, 2023
Cows have torn it up pretty good.
Jun 10, 2023 @ 4:04pm
Jun 10, 2023
Cow are now present along the trail and congregated at the first stream x-ing.
Elk Loop
Apr 29, 2023 @ 5:12am
Apr 29, 2023
All dry on the east side, and fairly rough in places. Expect a few sections of damp trail in the shady spots on the west side. reporter
Elk Loop Grade
Apr 29, 2023 @ 5:09am
Apr 29, 2023
Mostly dry, with a few damp sections at the top and 1 tiny snow patch. reporter
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