4 miles
Distance
494 ft
Climb
-2,220 ft
Descent
00:39:17
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of China Gulch (176) Trail

China Gulch (176) Details

  • Riding Area
    Panther Creek/Down River
    North Fork, Idaho
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    July-September
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #26701 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

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
    -104.149%
  • Grade min
    75.075%
  • Distance climb
    4,717 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,984 ft
  • Avg time
    00:39:17
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Status:
on May 13, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
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  • State land
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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      China Gulch (176) Trail Reports

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      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 @ 9:56pm
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      China Gulch (176), Salmon

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      China Gulch Trail - Idaho
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