20 miles
3,593 ft
-5,125 ft
2 miles
High Point

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 Elkhorn Troad. 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 Tizer Lakes Troad. 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 Tizer Lakes Troad, 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 downhill 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 Elk Park Trail. 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.
McClellan Creek Trail starts with a short climb then makes a steep descent through challenging switchbacks and rock gardens until reaching the meadows below. Once meeting with Montgomery Park Trail, it is smooth sailing to the McClellan Creek Trailhead.

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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More Stats for Tizer Traverse mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,532 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,115 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,646 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,115 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,078 ft
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Montgomery Park Trail
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 10:35am
      Jul 21, 2019
      Willard Creek Trail
      Jun 16, 2019 @ 1:54pm
      Jun 16, 2019
      McClellan Creek Trail
      Jun 11, 2019 @ 1:09pm
      Jun 11, 2019
      Trail is in good conditions, only 2 large logs down.
      Bullock Hill Loop Road
      Jul 29, 2018 @ 6:17pm
      Jul 29, 2018
      Tizer Lakes Troad
      Jul 29, 2018 @ 6:16pm
      Jul 29, 2018
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