Black Canyon - Trail, Wilson/Jackson, Wyoming

Black Canyon - Trail, Wilson/Jackson, Wyoming

DESCRIPTION

The climb up old pass road is mostly on old, rotting pavement with a few switchbacks but not that steep. The climb up to the top of Mount Ellie is a bit more difficult but absolutly beautiful. However, keep your eye on the trail b/c there are a few rocks that can knock you down if you aren't paying attention. There is one steep section that is ridable for the advanced riders. The singletrack down is fast and furious but watch out b/c it can get rutted towards the end of the summer. It can also be loose in spots, especially around the switchbacks. Towards the bottom of the canyon there are a few stream crossings but last time I was up there the trail crews were working on taking them out. This trail is a blast and I highly recommend it for any type of rider. The singletrack down can get pretty gnarly at the bottom with roots and rocks and the chance to topple over in a stream. Just remember towards the bottom when you get the horse trails to bare left otherwise you will end up at a horse barn. Have fun

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 21, 2007]
petzel
Downhiller

For a downhiller this would best be described as an " old school" trail . Meaning there are no built up stunts/jumps. It is a sweet "flowy" trail that anyone would like. One of the best pure singletrack downhills I've done. It's a sweet warmup for some of the more aggresive downhill trails in the area.

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5
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1
[Sep 02, 2006]
turnthepedals
Cross Country Rider

Super trail. A real joy if you like riding off road. I say "off road", although the first 5 miles up old pass road is on broken concrete with weeds growing out of it. Whenever I come to town to visit my friends I rent a bike and ride this trail. The description at the opening of this listing (the guy with the yellow helmet on sitting there in the meadow) is a good quick description. He is sitting at the very top, just past the communication tower, before the screaming super 10 minute downhill back to the car.

Customer Service

This trail is essentially an hour to hour and a half of climbing, a break where he is sitting in the picture to see the sites, then a screamer downhill. Start at the entrance to Old Pass Road just out of Wilson. Take plenty of water and a quick bite to eat...the intermediate rider on a rented coil sprung 30 pound diesel tractor call a mountain bike will need something in his/her stomach at the midpoint of this ride.

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Cache game is fun...over the mountain, down through the meadows, take the paved cycle path back into town. Get a bite to eat and then do it again.

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1
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4
[Jul 18, 2006]
Mtts422
Weekend Warrior

Just rode this last weekend, amazing! If your in the Jackson area this is a must ride trail. The ride up to the summit is tough at altitude but the downhill makes it more than worth it. The singletrack on the downhill was in pretty good shape. As stated above it got a pretty losse on some of the cutbacks on the first section but after that some great step-downs and stream crossings. Enjoy!

Customer Service

Take 22 to the top of the pass, you'll see a pull off at the top. Be carefull, there is a "trail" that begins right by the hiking map in the parking area. Do not take that trail, as it will dead end about a mile down. Take the trail that is to the right of the parking area and begins with an imediate climb.

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Putt-Putt

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5
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5
[Aug 16, 2005]
wahusky
Cross Country Rider

Perfect advanced ride for hikers turned into mountain bikers. Wonderful views and steep in places. Many shuttle this ride. If so, you have a short (~3mi) climb, and a long, continuous, meandering downhill. It starts in meadows with foliage at shoulder level. Many switchbacks. Narrow single track. Eventually you parallel the creek. Many roots, water bars and slightly wider trail. Eventually you cross the creek a few times (which can, but usually isn't according to friends who live in the area, be deep enough to hike your bike through it in places). Finally you are under the cover of grand evergreens. I would not take anybody on this ride who does not feel confident in their mountain biking abilities. It's just too long and fun to worry about them.

Customer Service

Shuttle it. This will give you more time for other adventures in the area... Also, go right once you reach the top (the trail trifurcates). Trust me, it will take you back to the left. Bring bear mace.

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Mill Creek was a very nice out and back (in Driggs, ID). At one point you are looking through an aspen grove at The Grand Teton. Aspen ?trail? also in Driggs, was pleasant.

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5
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3
[Aug 21, 2004]
jupiterrn
Weekend Warrior

This had to be my favorite trail that our group rode during a recent vacation. If you have 2 vehicles you can shuttle and cut out some of the uphill climb. The uphill wasn't too bad and the downhills were fast and technical, beautiful scenery if you take the time to look. Can't say enough good things about the area.

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Cache Game

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5
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4
[Aug 12, 2004]
sriracha
Downhiller

fast, great corners, fast. let go of your brakes.

Customer Service

go up the road and down the trail, not up the trail and down the road.

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4
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4
[Jul 12, 2004]
bruce c
Cross Country Rider

Amazingly fun downhill that keeps going and going and gives all the speed you can handle. Earning it by riding up Old Teton Pass Road to get to the singletrack makes it even more rewarding. Great work by those who maintain this trail, it was in perfect shape the afternoon after receiving two inches of rain the night before. Find and ride the Black Canyon Trail.

Customer Service

Great directions, just don't be misled by any of the singletrack connected to the parking lot at the top of Teton Pass. Find the fireroad at the southeast of the parking lot, ride it until you go past a large tower, then spot the singletrack there and keep pedaling.

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Cache Creek-Jackson, Aspen Trail-Driggs (ID)

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5
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4
[May 04, 2000]
Eric

The best classic downhill single track in the area. Very short up hill for alot of down. Great trail for intermediate to advanced riders

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4
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[Apr 15, 2001]
Michael

The climb up the pass and across the ridge is a great warmup. First, a long not very steep climb up old pavement, and then about a mile of singletrack at the top of the pass. Then, one of the best downhills in the area. Just remember that the condition of this trail is directly related to recent weather conditions. I've ridden it early in the season, and its been buffed out and perfect. Last summer was so dry that when I rode it in August, it was a terrible dusty, sandy, rutted mess. This ride isn't melted out until late June. One year I had to carry my bike across a huge snowfield on July 4!

Customer Service

Lisa's directions are accurate. I like to start by parking at the bottom of the Old Pass Road.

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Cache Creek Loop, Shadow Mountain, and a few loops I'd rather not reveal.

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4
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[Apr 07, 2003]
Benjamin Clark

I have always loved Black Canyon ever since I was a child. My mother used to take me on horseback rides many times up this trail when I was a child during the 1960's through the 1970's. It is filled with a great diversity of plant life because of the thick canopy of evergreens (i.e. Doug Fir, Jack Pine, etc.)thick black soil and ample water from the stream which cascades through Black Canyon.

This old trail used to be an old logging road used by the Schofield Brothers during the early 1900's. If you travel this trail upward toward what I call Dragonfly Meadow you will see a large open clearing where the old Saw Mill used to stand. The old foundation and a part of the machinery can be seen to this very day. If you tromp over the ground in this area you will hear a sort of hollow sound because of the soil still being filled with sawdust. Many of the old bridges, though crumbling, can also be seen.

If you travel down the trail from Dragonfly Meadow you will find a fork in the trail, the left leading northward and the right leading to the south and east. The north trail will take you toward Trail Creek Ranch. When you reach the last bridge over Trail Creek you will find the base saw mill which was run by the Schofields. You'll find some of the old equipment located there from the early 20's. The cement foundation of some of the equipment even has the Schofield Brothers signature from those bygone days etched in it.

The entire trail from beginning to ending is breathtaking, peaceful and filled with wonder. It has always been one of my favorite places which I have always considered very sacred.

Customer Service

Take the main trail which heads south/west to the top of the ridge. The farther you go to steeper the trail gets. When you get to the top of the ridge where drainage begins, hike down southward into the Mosquito Creek Drainage. This is a great hike.

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The Old Pass Road. This is the old switchback black top road that was closed in the early 1970's after the current Teton Pass road was completed.

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5
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