This route was done as an overnight trip, starting afternoon the first day and ending afternoon the second. It can be done in a long day by a very fit person and it can be done using a different combination of trails.
When and if I do it again, I will go up Muskrat Creek instead of pushing my bike for two miles up FS 258. A combination of steep grades, erosion, and large loose rocks make this road mostly unridable for those going up and quite exciting for those going down.
Once past the Iron Mine, enjoy some fun high country single track until meeting with Trail 164. There are a couple stream crossings on this trail to refill your water bottles after draining them on the way up. (Always filter!)
Once at Trail 164, go right for a mile and take a break at beautiful Tizer lakes. We camped at the second lake, a half mile up from the first lake you arrive at.
The second day starts with a long down on Trail 164 until meeting with Tizer Lakes Road. We chose to take the more direct route by going straight at the intersection and making a moderate climb over Bullock Hill until joining up with Trail 113. There is an old road with an abandoned bulldozer about 100 yards before the trail junction and I must admit that we started up this road for a half mile until we realized that we were heading in the wrong direction. After a short push through the woods, my trusty Trailforks app had us back on track. This trail starts climbing right away and follows a long ridgeline dotted with open meadows. After about half way, the trail gets fun and winds through the woods until the next junction.
Trail 302 starts with a short climb then makes a steep descent through challenging switchbacks and rock gardens until reaching the meadows below. Once you meet with Teepee Creek, it is smooth sailing to the McClellan Creek Trailhead.
Local Trail Association
Trails in Route
Difficulty ratingBlack Diamond
Route TypePoint to Point
Bike typeAM, XC, Fat
More Stats for Tizer Traverse mountain bike route
Altitude change-1,526 ft
Altitude min5,089 ft
Altitude start6,614 ft
Altitude end5,089 ft
Distance climb9 miles
Distance down11 miles
Distance flat2,651 ft
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Recent Trail Reports Along Route
Jul 17, 2018 @ 11:29am2 days
Jul 7, 2018 @ 1:49pmJul 7, 2018
Nov 1, 2017 @ 11:24amNov 1, 2017
|First real snowfall of 2017/18 reporter|