22 miles
4,028 ft
-4,501 ft
2 miles
High Point

This remote and scenic loop around Yellow Peak, for advanced riders only, follows Big Timber and Rocky Creeks. You’ll start and end on a well-used ATV trail, but the rest of the ride is singletrack, crossing two mountain passes high in the southern Lemhis, southwest of Leadore. Trails here are wide and well defined, making for great riding. Route-finding is a snap, but several stream crossings and tough stretches will wring you out. Sections of upper Big Timber Creek Trail may be eroded, expect to push your bike.

Ride this loop in either direction. But know that the upper end of Big Timber Creek has several chunky rock sections which are fun descending, but not so fun to climb. Either way, this is one of the most scenic and remote rides in Idaho.

Access: From Salmon drive 45 miles southeast on ID 28 to Leadore. Hang a right in downtown Leadore onto Lee Creek Road (aka Farm-to-Market Road). Go about 1 mile west and turn left at the old yellow grader onto Timber Creek Road. After about 7 miles you’ll come to a cattle guard and a forest service info panel. Stay on Road #6105. It is 5 miles from here to the next gate, which closes the road to full-size motorized traffic. Nearing this closure the road gets rough and turn-around spots few, so start the ride where you can park. The Route map above shows the entirety of Road 6105 included in the loop.

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1 Review & Comments

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flag chuckwagonpnw (Aug 16, 2018 at 17:44)
 Clockwise is the better direction. The decent from the top of the pass is pretty intense.

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    Rocky Creek Loop, Big Timber,
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    Black Diamond
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More Stats for Yellow Peak Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    7,239 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,767 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,295 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,728 ft
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      Big Timber Creek Trail
      Big Timber Creek Trail
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Big Timber Creek (Upper)
      Jul 8, 2018 @ 8:27pm
      Jul 8, 2018
      Rode down Big Timber July 7th, after climbing Middle Little Timber. No snow, lots of runoff happening so trail was wet in places down lower. Probably a dozen significant trees down, enough to deter motorcyclists. Great Alpine ride if you don't mind some hike a bike.
      Rocky Creek
      Dec 9, 2017 @ 12:08pm
      Dec 9, 2017
      Big Timber Creek Road
      Dec 9, 2017 @ 12:08pm
      Dec 9, 2017
      Big Timber Creek (Lower)
      Dec 9, 2017 @ 12:08pm
      Dec 9, 2017
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