21.7 miles
Distance
3,371 ft
Climb
-3,829 ft
Descent
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.

Detailed Description
Yellow Peak Loop is a 34925 moderately popular expert route located near Salmon Idaho. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 1027.4 with a max elevation of 2953.8 then descends -1167.1.
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1 Review & Comments

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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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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • AKA
    Rocky Creek Loop, Big Timber,
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    2
More Stats for Yellow Peak Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    7,242 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,764 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,306 ft
  • Grade
    -0.4%
  • Grade max
    -41%
  • Grade min
    42.6%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Big Timber Creek Trail
Big Timber Creek Trail
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Big Timber Creek (Lower)
Oct 1, 2021 @ 3:56pm
Oct 1, 2021
Clear of deadfall, but very dry and loose with deep horse tromple.
Big Timber Creek (Upper)
Oct 1, 2021 @ 3:52pm
Oct 1, 2021
Clear of deadfall except for 1 small tree down.
Rocky Creek
Oct 1, 2021 @ 3:48pm
Oct 1, 2021
All clear except for a couple small trees down. Dry and loose as usual.
Big Timber Creek Road
Jul 20, 2020 @ 11:48am
Jul 20, 2020
Clear of deadfall. Thx for the report Azdolan! reporter
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