China Gulch (176) Details
Riding AreaPanther Creek/Down River
North Fork, Idaho
DirectionDownhill PrimaryPopular direction shown
Climb DifficultyDouble Black Diamond
Ride in RainYes
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.
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 min3,359 ft
Altitude max5,107 ft
Altitude start5,107 ft
Altitude end3,381 ft
Distance climb4,717 ft
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat3,984 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
China Gulch (176) Trail Reports
May 13, 2018 @ 9:55pmMay 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 @ 6:00pmApr 13, 2018
|About 30 trees in 3 groups about 4 miles up the trail. 38 trees cleared.|
Dec 9, 2017 @ 7:29amDec 9, 2017
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