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2 miles
129 ft
-1,989 ft
Avg time
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  • Riding area
    Twisp, Washington
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Late Summer / Fall
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

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.

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More Stats for Merchants Basin Trail 417.1 mountain 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 max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,330 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    545 ft
  • Avg time
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on Sep 21, 2017
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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to merchants-basin-trail-417-1 trailhead (48.173870, -120.354710)
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Merchants Basin... Trail Reports

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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