Chilco Mountain Trail is a misnomer, as you will actually traverse both South and North Chilco, with a dramatic change in elevation in between. You have been warned! There are possibilities of doing this as a loop, but the Forest Road around is long and not very exciting. My recommendation is to start from the northern trailhead, as this is the easiest one to drive to. Starts out with lots of climbing through the woods. And then climb some more. Eventually you will get to the spur trail that leads to the top of North Chilco. Ride your bike up this as far as you can then walk the rest of the way to the top over the scree field. The view is worth it! Back on the trail continue to contour around North Chilco then the trail dips down into the saddle between the two. Climb up again and ride your bike to the very top of South Chilco. From here you can ride down to the southern trailhead if you really want to punish yourself (or to bail...). If not, turn around an head back. Hopefully the huckleberries are out so have a reason to stop and rest your legs on the way back. The ripping decent back down to the trail start makes it all worth it. Just watch out for hikers on nice weekend days. This trail is rated black mostly due to the lung and leg busting climbs, I've seen them make grown men cry. There are some technical rock sections tossed in there to keep it fun. As usual, check with the Forest Service ahead of time on downed tree status.
Northern trailhead: Take the Bunco Road (FR 332) to its intersection with the 278. Look for the sign marking the trailhead on the uphill side of the road.
Southern trailhead: Take the 437 out of the north side of Hayden Lake until its intersection with the 406. Follow the 406 north until you reach the sign marking the trail.
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More Stats for Chilco Mountain Trail #14 mountain bike trail
Altitude change-156 ft
Altitude min4,147 ft
Altitude start4,303 ft
Altitude end4,147 ft
Distance climb3.3 miles
Distance down3.4 miles
Distance flat2,175 ft
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