2 miles
Distance
60 ft
Climb
-1,920 ft
Descent
00:49:54
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Merchants Basin 417.1 Trail

Details

  • Riding Area
    Angels Staircase / Uno Peak
    Twisp, Washington
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Late Summer / Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #33557 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Merchant Basin is an old motorcycle / hiking trail that no longer allows motorcycle access likely due to the deep rutting in the upper meadow. The trail effectively has two climates, the lower forested trail with nice soil and the upper treeless alpine meadow and loose rock area. Walling off the middle of the two areas is a steep and technical cliff section that requires some thoughtful tire / foot placement.

This is a trail that unfortunately descends directly with the fall-line through the meadow, resulting in much of the snow melt and rainfall turning the trail into a nice deep creek or ditch. It's so deep in places, one cannot ride a bike through it, resulting in the free-riding down through the grass, something less than desirable on several levels.

This trail should be rebuilt with drainage, some corners and switchbacks in the meadow area. It's a stunning, private wilderness that sees little riders. In fall, you will run across hunters. Wear your orange, make noise and say hello!

Recommend this as a descent only.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Merchants Basin Trail 417.1 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,860 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,078 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,942 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,938 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,078 ft
  • Grade
    -15.271%
  • Grade max
    -43.618%
  • Grade min
    13.026%
  • Distance climb
    1,143 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    330 ft
  • Avg time
    00:49:54
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Status:
on Oct 5, 2018
Dry
Avg: 3.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Gate Gate
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  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
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      Merchants Basin... Trail Reports

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      Oct 5, 2018 @ 6:17am
      Oct 5, 2018
      Fantastic descent. Some big, sometimes avoidable ruts.
      Sep 21, 2017 @ 8:08am
      Sep 21, 2017
      reporter Fire danger on this trail is gone. Higher trail(s) may have new snow on them.
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      Aug 24, 2017 @ 12:01pm
      Aug 24, 2017
      Merchants Basin Trail 417.1

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