April 23, 2015

The Fall/Porcupine/Pritchard Creek Mountain Bike Loop


Located in the Caribou Mountains a short distance west of Swan Valley, Fall Creek offers many trail riding options. Like the Big Hole Mountains, most of the trails are open to moto's; although,seemingly less crowded at times. Expect traffic on weekends.



Loop Info:

Total distance 13.4mi
Elevation gain/descent 2,105'



Fall Creek Road 4mi
From the parking lot, ride up the Fall Creek road. Expect some vehicle traffic as you follow this scenic creek with many beaver ponds.


Porcupine Creek 2.5 mi
This ATV trail climbs northwest at a moderate grade for 2.5 miles; reaching the high point in the loop nearing 6,500'. The lower half is open sage hillsides while the upper half passes through small meadows and generally becomes more forested as you ascend.


Pritchard Creek Connector 0.5 mi
From a saddle at the top of Porcupine Creek, the trail becomes singletrack and drops steeply down a north facing forested hillside. Many exposed roots, rocks, and small drops make for fun fast and technical riding with the steepest portion coming last. The final bit crosses Pritchard Creek.

Pritchard Creek Trail 7 mi
The highlight of the loop. Pritchard Creek trail is fast with many flowy sections, a couple of creek crossings, and a few short climbs. The canyon feels remote and is quite scenic as you pass small beaver ponds. The lower third of the trail becomes increasingly more rocky.

Cross a nice foot bridge at the bottom of the canyon where the trail meets private property. From here, the trail follows the property line to the east for a short distance before turning more southerly and climbing steeply to a small saddle. Expect about a mile of hard pedaling and hike-a-bike. Once at the saddle you're rewarded with a fast, steep, and rocky descent back to your vehicle.

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