8 miles
1,182 ft
-2,451 ft
3,722 ft
High Point
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Elk Camp Ridge Trail


  • Riding area
    Patrick Creek - Smith River
    Gasquet, California
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    All Season
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    US Forest Service

This trail has panoramic views of high mountain peaks, the Pacific Ocean, and the North and Middle Forks of the Smith River. It mixes steep climbs and descents with flatter, rock-filled fun. Rocks and small boulders are commonplace. The trail surface is mostly red clay with LOTS of rocks. It is usually ridden in the downhill direction, but is occasionally ridden the opposite direction. Even when ridden downhill, it has several steep, punchy climbs that end up turning into hike-a-bikes. Great technical adventure for experienced riders. The entire trail is mostly sparse pine forest with minimal shade. On a clear day, views are quite expansive and scenic.

Access Info

Upper trailhead can be accessed from County Road 315, while the lower trailhead is accessed from a connector road off of the Old Gasquet Toll Road

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Elk Camp Ridge Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,268 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,077 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,345 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,077 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,640 ft
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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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Elk Camp Ridge Trail Trail Reports

Jun 25, 2018 @ 10:18am
Jun 25, 2018
Most of the this trail is in old fire scars, so there is very little shade. The first mile is eroded double-track with babyhead-sized rocks and...
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