4 miles
494 ft
-2,220 ft
Avg time
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China Gulch (176) Details

  • Riding Area
    Panther Creek/Down River
    North Fork, Idaho
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  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
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The China Gulch Trail 176 is across the Salmon River from Shoup, Idaho. This is primarily a downhill trail that comes off an old logging road. It drops about 2,000 vertical feet in 2.25 miles from the upper trailhead at roads end to the Salmon River. The trail then parallels the Salmon River on the south bank down to the Shoup Bridge for another 1.75 miles. This is an old pack and saddle stock trail that went from Shoup and eventually ended up at the Stormy Peak Lookout. Roads and logging have taken place above the upper trailhead, obliterating portions of the old trail to the lookout above the upper trailhead. This is a great, challenging trail ride for the adventurous skilled rider who can arrange a shuttle. Expect steep grades, steep side slopes, narrow trail, and possible timber downfall across the trail. This trail was probably built by the Civilian Conservation Core which had a camp at Shoup in the 1930's.

Access Info

The lower end of the trail ends at the Salmon River Road at the Pine Creek Bridge across the Salmon River below Shoup, Idaho. The upper end of the trail is accessed from the Fairgrounds road north of Salmon to the Stormy Peak Road 023 west to the East Boulder Creek area. The western end of the 023 road to the upper trailhead is gated to motorized vehicles and is open from May 22 to September 7. The trailhead access road dropping off the 023 road to the trailhead is closed yearlong to motorized vehicles.There are no restrictions on bicycles.

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More Stats for China Gulch (176) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,726 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,359 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,107 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,107 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,381 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,717 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,984 ft
  • Avg time
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on May 13, 2018
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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  • Icy
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Directions to china-gulch-176-22860 trailhead (45.374501, -114.247111)
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China Gulch (176) Trail Reports

May 13, 2018 @ 9:55pm
May 13, 2018
Nine larger lodgepoles down, easy to get over. One very large Doug Fir about 200 yards above. Everything else is all clear and rideable.
Apr 13, 2018 @ 6:00pm
Apr 13, 2018
About 30 trees in 3 groups about 4 miles up the trail. 38 trees cleared.
Dec 9, 2017 @ 7:29am
Dec 9, 2017
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May 13, 2018 @ 9:59pm
May 13, 2018
China Gulch (176), Salmon
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May 13, 2018 @ 9:58pm
May 13, 2018
China Gulch (176), Salmon
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May 13, 2018 @ 9:58pm
May 13, 2018
China Gulch (176), Salmon
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May 13, 2018 @ 9:56pm
May 13, 2018
China Gulch (176), Salmon

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