2.4 miles
Distance
129 ft
Climb
-1,989 ft
Descent
00:36:09
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Merchants Basin 417.1 Trail

Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Late Summer / Fall
  • 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
    1.2 miles
  • Altitude max
    1.5 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.5 miles
  • Altitude end
    1.2 miles
  • Grade max
    -43.455%
  • Grade min
    41.333%
  • Distance climb
    1,330 ft
  • Distance down
    2.0 miles
  • Distance flat
    545 ft
  • Avg time
    00:36:09
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