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
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • 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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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Fortune Creek 4x4
      Sep 23, 2019 @ 7:58pm
      Sep 23, 2019
      The filled the rut in the middle of the road it's much easier now. Still steep!
      Boulder-De Roux Trail 1392
      Sep 21, 2019 @ 1:56pm
      Sep 21, 2019
      Currently in the best shape this trail has ever been in.
      #1394 Esmeralda Basin Trail
      Sep 21, 2019 @ 1:56pm
      Sep 21, 2019
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