11 miles
Distance
2,445 ft
Climb
-1,009 ft
Descent
01:27:46
Avg time

Lower Secesh River Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
    • Dirtbike
  • Riding Area
    East Side
    McCall, Idaho
  • Ref Number
    #080
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    May - Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Dirtbiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Year Opened
    2019
  • Land Manager

Quality, scenic, cross-country ride that parallels the eastern bank of the Secesh River. The elevation varies throughout, dropping to near river-level in places and high above in others, as it cuts through the dramatic river corridor.

Almost the entirety of the trail is bench cut into the steep terrain along the river and as a result features moderate exposure for the majority of the ride. A short portion about four miles from the lower end traverses through near-vertical cliffs and has "fall and you might die" consequences for a short section.

Scattered technical rock gardens and steep, punchy climbs provide challenges throughout the ride however it has very little mandatory hike-a-bike. The amount will depend on the fitness, skill level, and motivation of each individual rider.

As an out-and-back from the bottom end you can ride whatever portion of this trail you please before turning around and enjoying a mostly downhill ride back to your car.

While shuttling this trail is possible it would involve an excessive amount of driving. Riding this trail from the Chinook Campground to Lick Creek Road and linking with the Twenty Mile Trail (#085) could provide an epic, all-day ride using a more reasonable vehicle shuttle.

Like most trails in the area, portions of this route are prone to down trees. You can check the current maintenance status here: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/StoryMapBasic/index.html?appid=772b621492c4487fa93ed7e038d3a53a

Help in the collaborative effort of maintaining area trails by taking the time to remove small trees and debris from the trail. Carry a portable brush saw for extra credit.

Access Info

South End: Access via Lick Creek Road. Trail departs from the Ponderosa Campground.
North End: Access via Chinook Campground/Loon Lake Loop

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Lower Secesh River mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,438 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,061 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,580 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,065 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,502 ft
  • Grade
    2.5%
  • Grade max
    -43.1%
  • Grade min
    66.1%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    01:27:46
  • Avg reverse time
    02:59:51
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Status:
on Aug 1, 2020
Dry
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • White
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Lower Secesh River Trail Reports

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      Aug 1, 2020 @ 9:41am
      Aug 1, 2020
      4 down trees in first few miles, trail in great shape, just standard half dozen hike a bike sections
      Nov 17, 2019 @ 4:00pm
      Nov 17, 2019
      6-8 Large trees across the trail that were too big to move. Otherwise it's riding great!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 1 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      All
      • 3 rides
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      Nov 21, 2019 @ 10:57am
      Nov 21, 2019

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      tlilly Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Jul 20, 2020 at 7:36)
       While this is a beautiful and fun trail, our group found it extremely difficult. There is a lot of hike-a-biking to be done. Lots of hours to cover 11 miles.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      jeffnelson19784 (Aug 1, 2020 at 15:39)
       Agreed on the hike a bike. Our group too had lots of it. Definitely account for more time/hours. Very remote and tons of great views.
      [Reply]

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