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Level: Intermediate
Length: 17 mi (27.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +535/ -590 ft
Total: 38 riders

Mountain Biking Fisher Creek Loop

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#10 of 317 mountain bike trails in Idaho
#864 in the world

On a lucky day I caught the trail empty, however often there are several 12-30 vehicles parked at the trailhead. Ride counter-clockwise, starting with Fisher Creek Road. It begins with a narrow mountainside singletrack descent of a massive burnscape. It is not technical, smooth rolling, well maintained and beautiful. The charred forest mountain was accented by shades of sage and pastel blue in the understory. Views are amazing, and the downhill is dangerously smooth allowing for breakneck speeds. If you are in the area this is a trail you should not miss.

First added by CalebWI on Jul 20, 2008. Last updated May 3, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Very near the few buildings that make up Obsidian, the trail parking is on HWY 75 about 10 miles south of Stanley on the east side (White Cloud side) of 75. Utilize the parking area or the pullout at Fisher Creek Road. Whichever, Pedal up Fisher Creek Road 7mi of gentile fire road uphill to the trailhead and begining of singletrack.
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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Williams Creek:

    An absolutely ripping descent with sweet, sweet singletrack and some big wallride/berms to rail around the corners. Highly recommended!

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  • ForrestGladding

    Nice scenic ride. I think it kinda encompasses a lot of what Idaho has to offer in one ride. I wouldnt say it is the best ride in the area, but one you should definitely do if in the area.

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  • Chris Daniels

    Very smooth, ripping fast descent. I'm kind of on the fence if it's actually worth the climb. Although not a difficult one, just perhaps not as great of a downhill run that justifies the climb. If visiting, lots of other trails before I'd say this one is a "must do."

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  • ccasperson

    Caleb's description is pretty accurate. 2nd half of the ride is definitely better than the 1st half. The lung-busting climb to the end of the road (if you can do it!), and the incredible speeds you can hit are more memorable than the views, but definitely worth hitting if you're in Stanley for a couple days.
    Also, if it's a summer weekend, get there early. I had the trailhead all to myself at 7am, but when I finished the ride, the parking lot was so full, it was a maze to get my truck outta there.

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  • bernieships

    The Short: long climb, long descent, not technical, no grand views, cool scenery.

    The Long: Park at the Williams Creek Trailhead parking lot on ID 75. Bike south on ID 75 and turn left onto Fisher Cr. Rd (about 1 mile from the Williams Creek Trailhead parking lot). Bike on Fisher Cr. Rd. This road is a long (7-9 mile) fire road that is a gradual ascent until the end where it gets pretty steep. It is not that fun biking this section. At the end of the fire road, you will reach a fenced in area. The trail continues onto singletrack from the fire road at a gap in the northwest (-ish) part of the fence. This begins a decently long descent on sandy singletrack on hillsides. This part is pretty fast and fun. When you reach the bottom, you will begin to climb again along a creek bed (presumably Williams Creek). The climb is slightly steeper than the gradual part of the fireroad and is quite the grind because of the sandy singletrack. You will finally climb up a hill into a copse of trees and see the long descent. The long descent is pretty fun but don't get the idea that there are lots of sweet berms from the pictures posted by others. After descending for about 10-15 minutes, you will start to climb again and have about 3 switchbacks. The switchbacks lead to the final, short descent back to the Williams Creek Trailhead parking lot and to your car. There is little shade along the trail because the trees are burned out from a recent fire and the sandy track doesn't make for the best riding. The trail/fire road is not technical at all. The scenery was nice but there weren't really any breathtaking views. I talked to a local person riding on the trail and he said the trail is not the best one in the area but he does it as a "backyard ride" when he just wants to get out and ride for a bit. He recommended doing something else and I wish I had taken his advice.* Review edited 8/28/2012

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  • denimshorts

    Great ride. Not the most technical or hardest ride in the Stanley/Galena area, but super fun and fast.

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  • dauw

    This is one of the funnest trails I've ridden. The downhills are fast and sometimes exposed. Both forested and burned areas offer different riding landscapes. If you're in Stanley, don't miss this ride.

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