20 miles
4,245 ft
-5,771 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 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.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Tizer Traverse mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,526 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,089 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,614 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,089 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,651 ft
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Teepee Creek Tr to McLellan Creek Tr

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McClellan Creek to Willard Creek
Sep 30, 2018 @ 1:16pm
Sep 30, 2018
Well traveled
Trail 302
Jul 29, 2018 @ 6:18pm
Jul 29, 2018
Thank you H.U.R.L. for all your hard work!
FS 4032
Jul 29, 2018 @ 6:17pm
Jul 29, 2018
Trail 164
Jul 29, 2018 @ 6:16pm
Jul 29, 2018
Trail 111
Jul 29, 2018 @ 6:16pm
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