9 miles
3,836 ft
-125 ft
2 miles
High Point


  • Riding area
    Issyk Ata
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    AM, XC, Fat
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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The most popular features in the gorge are the hot springs said to have healing properties that help treat a number of diseases. There’s a resort nearby as well as a 2nd – 7th century stone carving of a Buddha healer, further contributing to the belief that the spring has true healing powers that were recognized even centuries ago.

Several legends surround the hot springs in Issyk Ata Gorge. It’s said that there was once a young woman that bathed in the springs every day and while her friends grew old, she remained young thanks to the water’s miraculous powers. There was also an Uzbek shaman that lived as a hermit near the springs for years after the death of her family that was famous for her healing capabilities. The reputation of the waters and the people surrounding them has attracted both Turkic nomads and Russian colonialists over the course of history and continue to draw people today.

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More Stats for Issyk Ata River Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    3,712 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,145 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,145 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,857 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    4,444 ft
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
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  • Icy
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  • Very Dry
Directions to issyk-ata-river-trail trailhead (42.600009, 74.906223)
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