10 miles
365 ft
-2,653 ft
1 miles
High Point
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Paintrock Canyon Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Hyattville, Wyoming
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #103753 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

I first learned about this trail on: https://www.wikiloc.com/mountain-biking-trails/paintrock-canyon-2009720. The author of this post was able to shuttle the 12 miles of gravel road to the top which would eliminate two hours of pedaling if one didn't want to ride the whole loop .
The trail starts with a pretty gnarly downhill on FS 349. This road starts out kinda mellow but becomes a very steep, dry river bed near the bottom. Near the creek, the trail goes uphill a ways and then crosses a bridge. After the bridge, look right for an ATV track heading downhill in meadow along river. This two track crosses another bridge and weaves its way down for a few miles until reaching a gate with a non-motorized sign.
On my ride, I followed the GPS track that the author of the post had submitted and continued down braided cow paths, thick brush, and torn up muddy sections. When I reached the location of the torn out bridge where the author said to have crossed the river, I was looking at a class 4-5 stretch of whitewater that would have been impossible to cross safely. So back upstream I went looking for a wide, flat area to get across.
The river can be crossed shortly after the non-motorized trail sign. The water was almost waist deep in a couple spots and I had to move slowly testing each foothold and using my bike for support (which oddly wants to float) to gain the other shore.
The down side to crossing here is that you must wander high up on the hillside among rocky livestock and game trails for a couple miles until gaining the actual trail after it has crossed the river. You'll know you're close when you see the big game enclosure on the right.
From here, it was a great ride down a beautiful canyon on an old roadbed that has reverted to mostly singletrack. There are a few trees down and some rough rocky sections but one can cruise along at a good clip for most of it.
After a couple more gates, you must climb back up to the lower trailhead from a sandy parking area for farm stuff.

Unless you are just taking a scenic cruise from the bottom, a top-down ride of this trail is a BIG adventure. Leave early and give yourself all day to do this.Take plenty of water or a water filter and make sure to have first aid and emergency gear.
Lastly, I would not attempt a top to bottom any earlier than the end of July. High water would mean backtracking an incredible uphill distance or going back to the last bridge, crossing, and then bushwhacking down the other side for miles until reaching the trail again.

More Stats for Paintrock Canyon bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,287 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,156 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,444 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,156 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,906 ft
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • 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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
  • Other Other
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      Paintrock Canyon Trail Reports

      Jul 27, 2019 @ 8:21pm
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      Jul 15, 2018 @ 7:44am
      Jul 15, 2018
      Jul 15, 2018 @ 7:40am
      Jul 15, 2018
      Overgrown vegetation!! gps mandatory
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