Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +144/ -1,578 ft
Total: 1 riders

Mountain Biking Stein Mountain

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The upper Stein Mtn section is steep descending. Then a sidehill sections to a flat ridge and a trail junction. Taking the right hand trail through the woods will get you to Trail and Carl Gulch. The trail goes left along the ridge briefly then drops off the ridge to the right into the gully.

The trail settles in to the gully and stays there, crossing a forest road and continuing to another. Here go right on the road for about 100yds and drop into the next drainage on the obvious trail.

This is where the Sheep Creek Access drops in too and is Big Silverlead Creek.

There are some wooded sections, some wet rocky sections and some open meadow sections. After just over 1.5 miles you should see a Lewis and Clark Trailmarker stuck into a cairn of rocks.

Leave the canyon here and climb the old road bed up to a fence and a saddle. Cross the fence gate and here you have two options.

Option One...You can descend following the trail described in the Burns Gulch Loop past the water trough, then to the next rail junction. Go left and up this canyon to the next water trough.

Option two...Climb up to the left from the saddle, picking up a singletrack and climbing further, then sidehilling to a saddle. Cross the saddle into a sage filled draw, drop down the draw looking for a trail that leaves to the left and crosses the little basin to the next ridge. From the ridge drop into the next draw and then down to the water trough.

From this water trough take the obvious trail that climbs and sidehills, this then hits a saddle and a fence. Cross the fence into Little Thompson Gulch. This trail is great fun but has dire consequences to watch your speed and stay in control.

Thompson Gulch hits Wagonhammer Creek and you follow the creek down to the trailhead.

Please Close ALL Gates between June 1 and Sept 1.

First added by chukt on May 3, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 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
This shuttle ride has two access points.

Early season (late May) go north on US93 from North Fork to the Sheep Creek Road (USFS Road 077). Follow the signs and the road up and up staying on 077 until you see a sign for 063. Bring a map and your GPS and ride 063 to Big Silverlead Creek.

Late season (July) take the 4th of July Creek Road (USFS Road 071), about 5 miles SE of North Fork and 14 miles north of Salmon. Follow this road all the way up the canyon, the road gets rocky (well...rockier) after it leaves the canyon. Stay on the main road and you come to Stein Mtn Lookout. The trail starts here.

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