Bench Trail - Trail, Shell, Wyoming

Bench Trail - Trail, Shell, Wyoming

DESCRIPTION

Sweet, Sweet, Sweet. Some minor climbing involved. The lower 3 miles is extremely rocky so be careful. Enough said, Ride, Ride, Ride.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 08, 2011]
redrossrider
Weekend Warrior

Who wouldn't love this trail. I have been riding it since the mid 1990's and although it has changed a bit it is still fun and challenging. The lower quarter has been smoothed out a bit so there is considerably less blood letting. Since the timber sale and logging of the upper third, there has been some substantial changes. This years wet spring has caused some slope failers in this area, so watch out. Dont loose a wheel in a crack. You need to look for the trail leaving the logging road just before the end of the logged area. There is a left going up the hill, if missed you will have a tough go. Unfortunatley there has been a lot of down timber as well. If you ride it move a few off and maybe we can all keep it a little better.

Similar Products Used:

You can make up your own ride in the Big Horn Mountains, just get on your bike and ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 25, 2010]
SRThardtail
Cross Country Rider

The bench trail is a great single track only trail. It is a short trail that can be done two to three hours and only 10 or 11 miles but, it is sure to wear you out. It is mostly downhill but, don’t let that fool you as it does have a considerable amount of climbing at the beginning of it. Push yourself hard to make the three steeper climbs, two of them are towards the beginning and the hardest of the three is towards the bottom. Most of the time you will be in timber except for at the very top and very bottom. The top was recently logged due to pine beetles and the bottom starts to turn to desert and sage brush. Our local group of riders (SRT) is working with forest service to make a trail system at the top so it is not just a shuttle sort of ride. The bottom used to be very technical but recently was overhauled and is a blast now. This is a good trail for everyone from down hillers to climbers; leave the heavy downhill bike at home though you’ll hate it on the climbs. Hope we see you on it.

Customer Service

There are two ways to do it. You can go up it or down it. If you choose to go up it good luck makin it, and if you do youll surely sleep good that night.

Similar Products Used:

Hurry Back, Cross country skii trails, Beef trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 01, 2008]
Sam Davidson
Weekend Warrior

A great ride, but lots of downed trees through the logging areas. I rode on 8/29/2008 ran into a trail crew and the last half of the trail was awesome. Don't know if it will be completely finished this fall or not.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Feb 22, 2008]
EpicSRT
Cross Country Rider

(Feb 22, 08) The USFS has almost completed the logging contract on the south side of Shell Canyon. The Bench Trail is slated for major reconstruction this spring and summer. According to the Fed's it may be open for biking in late August or early September. The trail will never be like it was in the past due to the logging, but at least we'll have it back after two years of impatiently waiting for the logging contractor to finish the project. Let's hope the Fed's & the trail re-construction team do it justice. RIDE, RIDE, RIDE :)

Customer Service

See other reviews.

Similar Products Used:

The 50 mile loop from Antelope Butte / Sibley Lake / Antelope Butte. (contact Tom or Todd for route) The Hurryback loop, Devils Canyon, Bucking Mule Falls. There is plenty of riding to be had on the Big Horn National forest. :)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 11, 2006]
Graystreak
Cross Country Rider

This not a review but actually an advisory. The Forest made a timber sale for the area including the upper end of the Bench Trail. The logging activvity has literally obliterated close to four miles of the trail. Sad, but true!

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RATING
0
VALUE
RATING
0
[Nov 18, 2004]
murcielago220
Weekend Warrior

This trail offers the most diverse terrain I've ever seen in one trail. It varies from dusty singletrack, to granite covered rock gardens. The trail mostly down hill after the initial up hill that is fairly steep. The only other up hill climbs are extremely short. The trail has slow technical terrain towards the bottom, but the upper section is all out downhill fun. Never had as much fun on a trail as I do on this one. Definitely a good choice.

Customer Service

From Dayton take U.S. 14 towards shell, Turn off at the Ranger Creek turn off, Park and ride to the hills, a two track takes off to the south from the main dirt road, cross the bridge and follow the wooden fence west for a short distance(100 yds) the trail takes off from there with the up hill.

Similar Products Used:

The Tongue River Canyon Trail. Takes off from Freeze Out point.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 07, 2003]
Travis
Cross Country Rider

Great single track! Lots of flowing turns. Its not real technical untill the end .The scenery changes from dark forest to Moab like vistas of Schell canyon. I will be back!

Customer Service

Ride the 10 mi down ride the road back to the trailhead.Shuttles are easier but not as satisfying. Stop at Schell Falls and have a soda on the way up!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 18, 2001]
Beau Bergstrom

This is an awesome trail. Not too many people ride it. Yet.

Customer Service

Todd gave that away.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 28, 2002]
matt

Beau's right. This trail rocks, not only because it's mostly DOWNhill, but it's variety keeps you psyched the whole way. Watch out for downed trees across the trail. I hauled my bike all the way from Texas to ride this trail and it was well worth it. Beginners should avoid this trail, expecially the lower part.

Customer Service

one way, top to bottom.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 16, 2003]
Jid

the bench trail is the coolest ride i have ever been on yet, im only 14 and i got into mtn biking a year ago and i gotta say, this trail really helped me gain some experience over my homies. there are some downed trees to watch for, i wish that they would start having the DH races on that trail again. it rocks

Similar Products Used:

giggle berry trail, down by the river in worland, me and a few friends put in some bridges over trees and stuff like that, its acutally a circut and we plan to hold races there this summer, Ride On!

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RATING
5
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