12 miles
Distance
3,285 ft
Climb
-3,280 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

A classic backcountry ride, pioneered by Gearz of the MTBR.com WA forum, back in 2005. Pretty short at about 12 miles but with a couple tough climbs it makes a great 'intro to backcountry epics' ride. Spectacular views from the saddle on Esmeralda trail and at Galagher Head Lake. Steep and rocky descent down to Fortune Creek jeep road. The final DeRoux descent is more moderate and very fun. The ride takes 3 to 5 hours for most people.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Esmeralda loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,762 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,798 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,803 ft
  • Grade
    0.008%
  • Grade max
    -46.532%
  • Grade min
    50.215%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,768 ft
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Trail transparency
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Boulder-De Roux Trail 1392
Sep 10, 2018 @ 10:25am
Sep 10, 2018
Loose and dry but clear. Minimal horse poop and some moto ruts. After the intersection with De Roux spur the horse hoof prints have literally created a "washboard" trail feel in the sand.
#1394 Esmeralda Basin Trail
Sep 10, 2018 @ 10:25am
Sep 10, 2018
Very loose/dry. Hang on :)
Fortune Creek 4x4
Jul 8, 2018 @ 5:16pm
Jul 8, 2018
Water running down the middle of the road but not deep
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