5 miles
Distance
2,708 ft
Climb
-362 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Bear Valley Lake (179) Trail

Details

  • Riding Area
    Lemhi Mountains
    Leadore, Idaho
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    July-September
  • Global Ranking
    #29429 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

The Bear Valley Lake National Recreation Trail is a single track trail that goes from sagebrush and scattered forest at 6,800 feet at the lower trailhead to sub-alpine forest at Bear Valley Lake at 9,135 feet.

The 5.4 mile length has some rocky technical sections and some easier sections. It is well worth pushing your bike up through the technical sections for the downhill when you come out.

The trail crosses three bridges on the way to the lake. The scenery near the lake in the higher elevations is outstanding.

Five other trails junction off this trail. This is a popular trail so you will probably see other trail users, especially on weekends.

Access Info

On Highway 28, south of Salmon, take the Hayden Creek Road. Follow the road up to Bear Valley Creek and the trailhead at the end of the Bear Valley Creek Road 009.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Bear Valley Lake (179) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    2,345 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,777 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,810 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,155 ft
  • Grade
    8.259%
  • Grade max
    -49.399%
  • Grade min
    85.834%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3,353 ft
  • Distance flat
    4,419 ft
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Status:
on Dec 9, 2017
Snow Covered
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Bear Valley Lake... Trail Reports

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      Dec 9, 2017 @ 12:08pm
      Dec 9, 2017
      reporter
      Jul 2, 2017 @ 5:04pm
      Jul 2, 2017
      32 trees down, several needing a chainsaw and a couple are somewhat difficult to get around. Significant snowmelt/spring drainage infiltrating...
      Jul 19, 2016 @ 9:46pm
      Jul 19, 2016
      Rebuilt by YEP trail crew and FS crew, July, 2016
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