12.5 miles
2,002 ft
-4,403 ft
2 miles
High Point

Twelvemile to Lime Creek is a classic Idaho ride, not for the faint of heart emotionally or physically. Riders will encounter nearly every challenging aspect of mountain biking and will be rewarded with one of the best descents in the West. You’ll trek from ridge tops to river, and it’ll feel much more than its literal distance.

Trails in this area are generally primitive. You will need good navigational skills or, at the very least, backcountry confidence. Also expect to hike-a-bike more than once.

The Goldbug Hot Springs is a great option to cap off a Lime Creek run. Trailhead access is just south of Mile Marker 282 on US-93. The trail is for Hiking Only and it is about a 2 mile hike up to the Springs.

Detailed Description
Twelvemile to Lime Creek is a 12 mile popular expert route located near Salmon Idaho. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 2,002 ft with a max elevation of 8,164 ft then descends -4,403 ft.
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Salmon Idaho Mountain Bike Association (salmonidahomtb.org)
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Route POI

Shuttle Pick-up/Drop-offTwelvemile RoadShuttle Pick-up/Drop-off
Shuttle Pick-up/Drop-offLime Creek TrailheadShuttle Pick-up/Drop-off


  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • AKA
    lime creek, lime creek shuttle,
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
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More Stats for Twelvemile to Lime Creek mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    3 hr 12 min
  • Altitude change
    -2,401 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,341 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,741 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,341 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,536 ft
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Twelvemile Meadow from August 2012
Twelvemile Meadow from August 2012
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Twelvemile Meadow (South)
Jun 23, 2023 @ 6:27pm
Jun 23, 2023
Cleared several large trees in the wooded section between the meadows up top, and a couple down below. Twelvemile to Lime is all clear and good-to-go.
Lime Creek
Jun 23, 2023 @ 6:20pm
Jun 23, 2023
All clear of deadfall (cleared 3). Several wet/muddy sections.
Lime Creek (West)
Jun 23, 2023 @ 6:18pm
Jun 23, 2023
All clear and riding well. reporter
Twelvemile Meadow (North)
Jun 9, 2023 @ 10:45pm
Jun 9, 2023
Cleared 3 trees (the aforementioned lodgepole and 2 new ones). Snow-free and all clear of deadfall top to bottom. Great dirt right now, and the trail is really in pretty good shape despite all the recent rain.
Porcupine Spring
May 29, 2023 @ 6:45pm
May 29, 2023
Clear of deadfall from the gate to the junction w/ Meadow Trail and Thoroughfare. No snow but some soft areas…watch your ruts- ride wide of the main tread if needed.
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