Elk Meadows - TRAIL

Elk Meadows - Trail, Stanley, Idaho

12.5 mile clockwise loop ride. From the parking area grunt up the dirt road,it switches back and at about 1.5 miles there is a signed Elk Meadow singletrack heading off to the left. You climb briefly, but then descend on an always rocky, but rideable surface. After a couple miles you drop out to a massive, beautiful boggy meadow with views of the Sawtooths present. A signpost points you right along the right margin of the meadow. Skirting a few muddy areas, you enter evergreen trees into a selectively logged area after 1 mile. The singletrack alters rightward away from the meadow, obviously cut in recent years, it hugs a hillside until it climbs gently out to a fireroad. Your singletrack is finished, the last 5+/-miles is fireroad. Turn right and uphill for a quick 100+yard grunt to the road crest, then fly down the road over drainage berms and sweeping wide corners for another mile or so. You enter another huge and beautiful meadow, cross it, then descend quickly out to the Stanley Lake access road. Turn right and pedal 3/4 mile back up to the car. Drive back to Stanley for pizza.

User Reviews (9)

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icuski2   Cross Country Rider [Oct 15, 2009]

Love this trail. My favorite short ride in Stanley area. The perfect after dinner loop if you're camping at Stanley Lake. Slow down & take in the views from the 1st big meadow on. Be careful not to get trampled by elk!

Customer Service

Clockwise as written up.

Similar Products Used: Redfish Lake loop
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familyguy   Weekend Warrior [Jun 20, 2009]

Its a rocky bugger at first. Then, the MUD. Highly recommend going in July-Sept when less chance of precip. I went in June 09, most wet June on record on Idaho. Despite the mud, it gets better half way through. Then, a glorious ride through nature! Chased several Elk of the trail, then a whole heard across the 2nd meadow. If you happen to be the first person on the trail that day (check the trail register at the trailhead), your gonna run into elk for sure!

Customer Service

You dont need a map. Just stay RIGHT. The signs are clear.

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jacobroecker   Cross Country Rider [Sep 26, 2007]

Haven't ridden but for those that google directions click here:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=44.24721750349067,+-115.0656533383676&t=h&iwloc=A&hl=en

The posted grid and map are off by about 2 states. This grid was created following the original directions on the page.

If anyone wants to contribute photos or a summary on my site I'd appreciate it.

http://www.trailbrain.com/wiki/index.php?title=Elk_Meadow_Trail_Stanley_Idaho

If this trail were in Utah I'd be there!

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bluchris   Cross Country Rider [Jul 24, 2006]

My only complaint is that is that the single track section is to short and the meadow can be kinda muddy/swampy. It's a great trail otherwise with beautiful terrain and scenery. Be sure to listen for elk when you get to the meadow.

Customer Service

Do the recomended clockwise loop. There are a few forks in the road later that get confussing so find yourself a good map in Stanley.

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snowrider   Weekend Warrior [Jun 01, 2004]

Great ride for those looking for something different than the Boise foothills. Excellent views and wildlife in the area. Not very technical but an enjoyable ride with some fast downhills.

Customer Service

Follow the Elk Mountain loop signs at the end of Stanley Lake road. 3+ uphild climb to start of single track.

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C D Brown   Cross Country Rider [Aug 12, 2003]

This was a *very* fun and scenic trail. I think the person who gave it a bad review must have ridden something else. Variety, some technicalities, some really fast spots, and *spectacular* views of lakes and mountains. I ride all over the NW USA and get down to the SW too, and this ride is in my personal top 10. (Good for strong beginners if they're careful on the one technical rocky descent, too.) **Don't forget to turn right when you hit the big expanse of Elk Meadows. The sign is hard to see, or at least it was for us. 8~)

Customer Service

Same

Similar Products Used: DON'T MISS Fisher/Williams Loop. Best in the area. Use the above Elk Mtn loop for a scenic alternative or next day cool down.
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R Blake   [Sep 04, 1999]

Fun and scenic. Did this ride after Fisher Creek and felt good. Mud is a good thing, accept it. Love the skinny board creek crossing, don't walk it, ride it and free yourself. Jump in Stanley Lake after the ride.

Similar Products Used: Fisher Creek
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Buckskin Bill   [Aug 23, 2002]

This trail is actually pretty boring. It might be a good ride for a family with kids because it is completely non-technical, flat, and mellow.
By the way, the town referred to in the directions by Vaughn is actually Stanley. Sydney is in Australia.

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Rick   [Sep 15, 2002]

This is called Elk Mountain in the books and maps of the area. It is pretty cool and a good 2nd ride. Nice grind up and decent decent. Nothing that is that big of a deal either way. If you are in the area for a week. You should consider this ride.

Customer Service

As noted

Similar Products Used: Lodgepole loop
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