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  ABOUT THE RIDE: Adams Gulch Loop is a local favorite with all the classic ride elements. It starts up a dirt road with several stream crossings, then turns into a steeper single path trail with sections that might require pushing your bike. On top, you will be treated to great views. The return downhill is fantastic, starting on an open mesa and winding through the forest.

GETTING THERE: Drive north on State Highway 75, one and one-half miles from Ketchum. Look for the "National Forest Access" sign at the Adams Gulch Road junction. Turning west, cross over the Big Wood River, continuing on the main road which heads up into Adams Gulch. One-quarter mile past the National Forest boundary is an area with ample parking. Instead of driving to the trail, access can easily be made by bike. The Wood River Bike Path and Trail System parallels State Highway 75 to Adams Gulch Road.

THE RIDE: At the parking area there are two riding options. The first is to continue on the Jeep road. The second is to ride on the trail, which begins just past the bulletin board on the right hand side.

The Jeep road is a great family or beginner ride. This road follows Adams Gulch Creek, crossing the creek eight times. Between the first and second crossing, an alternate trail begins on the south or left side of the road, reconnecting with the main road one mile up the canyon. One-quarter mile past the eighth creek crossing, a sign and rock cairn marks the Adams Gulch Loop Trail junction. Turn right (north), leading away from Adams Gulch Creek and head up the trail. The trail becomes intermediate in difficulty and will remain so for the rest of the loop.

There will be an 800 foot vertical gain in the next mile. This will be a good challenge and expect to walk in a few places. The trail breaks out into a clearing at the top of the climb, passing the Adams Ridge Trail junction. Continue on for some fun riding on an open bench with great views. Griffin Butte is on the left side (north) of the trail. Adams Gulch will be below on the right (south), with the Pioneer Mountains straight ahead (east).

Continue for one and one-half miles after which the descent begins. Ride past the Lake Creek Trailhead trail junction, down through aspen trees, back to Adams Gulch. The trail will be steep in a few places, so use caution. Just before reaching the canyon bottom, the trail stays on the north hillside and meanders through aspen trees for three-quarters of a mile before coming out onto the Adams Gulch Road near the parking area.

 

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