9 miles
1,693 ft
-1,693 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.

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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
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,793 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Wagonhammer (137)
Jun 2, 2018 @ 7:56pm
Jun 2, 2018
Dry with a chance of manure. The cows were turned out today and are all presently below the gate at the stream crossing. reporter
Elk Loop
Apr 17, 2018 @ 7:39am
Apr 17, 2018
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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