The first mile descends through mixed Douglas fir and subalpine forest to the stream ford and then switches back, up for 0.75 miles and begins traveling above Martin Creek. At 4 miles the Martin Lake Trail goes off to the right. The route continues through subalpine forest to about 7,000 feet. It then enters an open meadow basin with scattered trees below Martin Peak. Still gaining elevation to 7,220 feet the trail crosses the divide between Martin Creek and Foggy Dew Creek. Just beyond the high ground the Cooney Lake Trail is off to the right. Then the trail descends through scattered trees and exposed rock and boulders, eventually into dense subalpine forest to the junction with the Foggy Dew Trail. On the Foggy Dew Trail it's another 5 miles to the Foggy Dew Trailhead.
This area is popular with motorbike users and is gaining popularity with mountain bikers. Specific Hazards/Difficulties: Be considerate of all trail users, when encountering stock on the trail, lean your bike against the cutslope of the trail. Talk to the horseriders so the stock can recognize your location and not feel threatened by your actions. Move off the lower side of the trail and continue talking to the animals until all have past. Mountain bikers and hikers can take their packs and bikes off the lower side of the trail with them, and talk to the animals to reassure them. These measures will assure safety to everyone for their common enjoyment.
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More Stats for Martin Creek Trail #429 Climb mountain bike trail
Altitude change1,598 ft
Altitude min5,306 ft
Altitude max7,256 ft
Altitude start5,610 ft
Altitude end7,208 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat333 ft
Avg reverse time00:42:29
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Martin Creek... Trail Reports
Jul 24, 2018 @ 8:48amJul 24, 2018
|reporter Entire trail is cleared of downed trees-7/2/18. Cutthroat Trout in the Martin Lake. Mosquitos and horseflies are present. All fords are stock...|
Jul 16, 2018 @ 7:57pmJul 16, 2018
|Angels Staircase loop all clear and in good shape. Heads up on main trail head closure starting July 30- Oct 31.|
Oct 8, 2017 @ 7:38amOct 8, 2017
|10/7 Snow above ~7k but still riding well.|
Sep 29, 2017 @ 8:09amSep 29, 2017
|Ridden on 9/28. No snow but that could change this weekend. Dry and dusty down low but surprisingly tacky for such conditions.|
Sep 21, 2017 @ 8:08amSep 21, 2017
|reporter Fire danger on this trail is gone. Higher trail(s) may have new snow on them.|
Routes with this trail
|Angel's Staircase||21 miles|
|Heavens Gate||35 miles|
|Angel's Staircase (Foggy Dew Entrance)||30 miles|
|Freehub Magazine: Angel's Staircase||19 miles|
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