Fisher Creek - Trail, Stanley, Idaho

Fisher Creek - Trail, Stanley, Idaho

DESCRIPTION

Pedal about 8 or 9 miles up the dirt road. It's a scenic, easy jaunt past old worn out cabins and beaver ponds for the first smooth 6 miles, then a hard grunt up a 4x4 road to a saddle. You'll see a Trailhead sign in, whose last entry had been about 1 month previous before they ran out of paper. Take a breather, swat some horseflies, then continue down hill on the double track. You know your in the right place when you round a corner past another old homesteaders shack and come to a Fisher Creek signed 4x4 barrier. Now you're ready for some wide open cruising. Initially rocky, giving away to smooth swoopy corners, you cross the same stream bed, dry in August, about 4 times. Just as your getting tired of hanging on for dear life, you come to a T intersection after descending for about 1 mile. Hang left across a beautiful meadow. The smooth singletrack eventually winds uphill through the pine to another saddle. Buckle down the helmet, check the brakes, soften the suspension, and let her rip. Butt smooth, wide enough to get a little squirrely, long straight aways along the hillside, a few switchbacks. Too short at only 3 miles or so. You come out to a beautiful meadow, cross a stream, and then make a quick 3/4 mile grunt up and across the grassy southern exposure hillside before climbing again into the trees and another saddle. Now your ready for some final fat tire blasting down less than 2 miles of singletrack, to the lower trailhead which comes all too soon. Hop out on HWY 75, point yourself south back to the car. You've got about 1 back up to where you parked to complete a 16-18 mile loop.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 08, 2012]
trailblazer
Weekend Warrior

Once the highway section turns into Fischer Creek Rd, the climb is easy, mellow for about 7 miles, which is appreciated by a non-technical rider like myself. The last steep, rocky 100yd of jeep track almost at the top is tough, but should not discourage the average rider. The descents are fun, but be careful of the sand! You'll be fishtailing more than you expect to. I agree with previous reviews that bringing more water is better than too little - we encountered a couple who had brought a bottle each, and needed water donations. This isn't an epic ride, but it's very good.

For those who live at sea level and are visiting, acclimatize yourself the the higher altitude by doing many of the easier rides at a lower altitude first. We did that and it made all the difference.

Customer Service

Counter-clockwise, starting from Williams Creek trailhead.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 06, 2010]
rough rider
Cross Country Rider

To Mudflaps comment about riding up the Williams Creek Trail backwards and then then heading back to your car, and anyone considering taking this person's advise: Please Reconsider. Being the odd man is not a virtue while mountain bike riding. Taking this trail clockwise would be hazardous to your health. Virtually everyone will be riding it counterclockwise and you will be putting yourself in needless danger as riders take this ride at higher speeds expecting most everyone to go up fisher creek and come out Williams. No surprise there is a warning sign to those who attempt this. Again being odd man out while bike riding is nothing to aspire to.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 12, 2009]
joe lott
Downhiller

awesome trail i parked at the intersection and followed the gravel road for a while then there was a decent climb then the singletrack started. very fun downhill singletrack through the woods, you get moving pretty fast. very scenic trail all together and fun. deffinitly recomend it.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 14, 2008]
sawtoothboy
Cross Country Rider

Other reviews have decribed this trail well. There is a large section of burned area in the Warm Springs/Williams creek section which can be quite warm even in late Sept. Bring lots of H2O. There was a trickle of water in the creeks for our dogs.

***DOGS-If you take dogs with you, #1 make sure they are in excellent shape. Our two Vizslas are hunting dogs and are very fit and they were still totally spent at the end of the day. #2 PLEASE, PLEASE be very careful of 3 cattle guards on fast downhill sections. 1 is avoidable, 2 are not. I had to hit my brakes hard and one of my dogs still got his leg trapped running at full speed, I don't know how he didn't break his leg. Be aware.

Very nice ride, I can't wait to do it again!!!

Customer Service

Regular route, counterclockwise. (why would you want to climb all that beautiful singletrack and then decend on doubletrack road?) My wife who is not in real good shape was able to complete the ride and loved it. The grunt at the first summit nearly turned her around, but she was glad she completed the whole ride. She appreciated her disc brakes on the downhill.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 10, 2007]
Biophase
Cross Country Rider

Great downhill. If anyone wants to get an idea of what it's like I have posted 2 uncut helmet camera videos from it.

http://www.kenric.net/sun-valley-mountain-biking-trip-2004/

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 29, 2007]
Old Man Riding
Cross Country Rider

The down hill is good but to much dirt road. You start out on pavement, then dirt road. The down hill is fast and fun but not to technical. Ths would be a great ride in a lot of places but there are a lot of better rides in this area.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 25, 2006]
imtnbke
Cross Country Rider

On September 3-10, 2005, the Valley Road Fire burned a 40,838-acre area surrounding this ride. Several miles of the trail now traverse a burnscape, if that's a word. But it's still a great ride. When I rode it in August of 2006, lupine and a mauve-colored flower provided a pleasant contrast to the monochromatic landscape. The descent on Williams Creek Trail is fabulous, a singletrack classic. Highly recommended.

Customer Service

Park at the Williams Creek Trail trailhead. Ride south on Idaho Highway 75 to the Fisher Creek Road turnoff. Proceed up Fisher Creek Road, a mellow fireroad for several miles with a steeper climb as it nears the Williams Creek Trail junction.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 09, 2005]
rodney
Cross Country Rider

Trail starts as a long fire road climb(about seven miles). Its mellow until the last half mile or so, then it gets a little steeper. Once you top out around 8000 feet or so take the singletrack heading slightly left from the fireroad. Then its maybe a mile of nicely bermed singletrack that ends up in a sparsely wooded meadow. From there the trail winds up a shallow grade for a half mile. After this, its a screaming downhill for two or three miles. Then the trail comes out in a treeless area and climbs for two-thirds of a mile. Then comes the final downhill back to the parking area. Awesome trail! Once you get the initial climb out of the way, its basically seven miles of downhill. Great, twisting, 30mph+ singletrack descent. You'll love it. Now ride it.-Total length=17 miles

Customer Service

Start with the road first, so you get that out of the way, then take a left up the fireroad for about seven or eight miles. Then you're at the top(about 8000') let er' rip.

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The only other trail I've ridden in the area is the far more mellow, although rockier, Elk Mountain Loop(13 miles). A good day's riding is to warm up with Elk Mtn. in the morning, grab some lunch in Stanley, then hit Fisher Creek in the afternoon.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 12, 2004]
mudflap
Cross Country Rider

This trail has a two mile stretch of easy, but busy, highway between its start and its end. It then has 6 1/2 miles of easy forest road up Fisher Creek to the first summit, for a total of 8 1/2 miles of either paved or gravel road. From the top of the first summit to the end of the ride is also 8 1/2 miles.

Customer Service

If you don't want to ride these road miles: park at the end (Williams Creek trailhead) of the ride and ride the trail backwards (clockwise) to the 'fore mentioned first summit (8 1/2 miles in.) When you get here, take a short break and then turn around and retrace your track back to your car. Either way you do this ride, you will be riding 17 miles. The advantages of this route is no highway or road; you get all the ups and downs; your the odd man out. The disadvantages: most people ride this ride counter-clockwise as a loop, so you will encounter riders as you ride in the clockwise direction, but hey, you are the odd man out.

Similar Products Used:

Fourth of July Lake to Born Lakes, Warm Springs Creek to the Meadows and out Fisher or Williams Creek. Boundary Creek to Little Casino Creek.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 27, 2003]
Brett J
Cross Country Rider

NOt a bad fireroad! Just a road and less than 8 miles of singletrack. Pretty boring. NOt worth the road riding. goat heads, some cactus also.

Similar Products Used:

Tons of awsome singletrack in Boise-MCCall, cheaper also

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
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