9 miles
Distance
1,693 ft
Climb
-1,693 ft
Descent
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.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    7
More Stats for Elk Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,768 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,768 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,768 ft
  • Grade max
    -30.646%
  • Grade min
    30.186%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,793 ft
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      traildateconditiondescription
      Wagonhammer (137)
      Nov 17, 2018 @ 12:34pm
      Nov 17, 2018
      Bumpy from hoofprints and the posse of hunters. reporter
      Elk Loop
      Apr 17, 2018 @ 7:39am
      Apr 17, 2018
      Excellent!
      Elk Loop
      Apr 3, 2018 @ 7:11pm
      Apr 3, 2018
      Soft patches, wet areas, snow in the shadows on the Wagonhammer side. Don't make ruts, ride plus/fat tires until dry. 4th of July side is dry. reporter
      Lewis And Clark (Meadow Surfer)
      Dec 9, 2017 @ 11:50am
      Dec 9, 2017
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