This is the South branch of the Trout Creek National Recreation Trail, or trail 774. This section of trail is not for the faint of heart. Start with a steep scree descent off the saddle at Bloom Peak and make it down through the huckleberries to NIntythree Mile Lake. Don't expect to go for a swim here, as it is mostly an elk wallow late in the season. Admire the the views from down in the bowl, flex your braking fingers, and get ready to descend. This next section of trail is a hairy downhill, with switchbacks and (if you aren't careful) tire eating waterbars. This is full on downhill trail that I wouldn't recommend for intermediate riders. Once the grade levels out a bit, the trail isn't any less tricky due to brush encroachment and some well placed river cobble hiding under the leaves. Ride slow and expect the unexpected to appear under your tire. Might also recommend knee/shin pads or pants if you don't want to leave any blood on the shrubs on the side of the trail. A couple sections bench away from the valley bottom and afford some small views. I'd also recommend wearing wool socks as there are 5 or 6 stream crossings that are still pretty chilly on a hot summer day. There are a couple trail intersections that you will run into, but the main part of the 774 runs into a washed out channel where the East Fork joins and ends on FR 214.
For your biking pleasure I would recommend calling the Ranger Station in Trout Creek ahead of time to check the status of the trail (brush, down trees, etc.). I also wouldn't recommend riding up this, unless you want to push your bike for a long ways. Give yourself at least double the time and snacks as what you think it would normally take to do a trail of this descent.
From the Stateline Trail 738 or from FR 270 from the Idaho side.
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More Stats for Trout Creek National Recreation Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change-2,913 ft
Altitude min2,756 ft
Altitude start5,671 ft
Altitude end2,758 ft
Distance climb3 miles
Distance down6 miles
Distance flat2,163 ft
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