12 miles
4,651 ft
-4,704 ft
4,339 ft
High Point

Hell's Canyon Loop Details

  • Riding area
    Farragut State Park
    Athol, Idaho
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    May - Nov
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    USFS - Idaho Panhandle National Forests Office

This 12 mile round-trip ride offers a fun 4.5 mile downhill and some great views, close to the city of Hayden Lake with a great backcountry feel. It provides a great workout and quickly gets you into the initial backcountry of the Panhandle National Forest.

This is a brand new trail built by the Forest Service. There are a few short burst climbs as you make you way down the canyon. Keep on the lookout for motorcycles as this is a popular trail for motorcycle users.

The final fun challenge is navigating a large creek crossing through Hayden Creek at the lower trailhead. You'll either make it across high and dry, or drop your feet for a good foot washing.

Access Info

The Ride starts at the lower trailhead of Trail 234 in the designated Parking Lot. Start the climb by heading east on Forest Road 437 until you reach Hudlow Saddle. At Hudlow Saddle take a right onto Forest Road 406. Once at the Forest Road 406 /1511 junction look to your right and you'll find the Upper 234 Trailhead. This will lead you back to the Parking Lot.

Alternatively, you can have your friend shuttle you directly to the Upper 234 Trailhead.

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More Stats for Hell's Canyon Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -53 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,673 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,726 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,673 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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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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Hell's Canyon Loop Trail Reports

Jul 9, 2018 @ 3:13pm
Jul 9, 2018
Long, long somewhat tedious climb on forest service road. Actual trail starts 2/3 of the way through loop. Conditions are variable to say the...
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Jul 9, 2018 @ 3:13pm
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Hell's Canyon Loop, My City

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