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Shoshone Ridge #81

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Shoshone Ridge Trail #81 leads north on a single track climbing slowly on the west side of the ridge. It climbs over Little Sentinel Peak and meets the abandoned road to Pond Peak at 4 miles. Right is a short climb to Pond Peak, left continues down 3 miles to the north trailhead and the turn around point. This is an easy trail to ride with just a couple of rocky sections. There is a lookout on Little Guard Peak 1 mile south past the gate at the trailhead if you wish to extend the ride. 14 miles round trip, 1500' of climbing in total
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Latitude
47.80888900892276
Longitude
-116.02373600006104
Trail Directions
From I-90 take the Kingston Exit #43. After exiting, travel north on Forest Highway 9 (FH9) 29 miles to just north of Shoshone Camp. Turn right on Little Guard Lookout access FR602 and go north for approximately 9.3 miles to the gate below Little Guard where the trailhead is located.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Kingston
Zip/Postal Code
83839
Country
USA
   


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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 5, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Ajax29 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Shoshone Ridge offers some of the best views in the area and there is no part of the trail without a view. This is a short and relatively easy ride with some rocky sections and a couple of short steeper climbs. Starting at 5500 feet elevation there is a gradual climb past Downey and Bennett Peaks to crest over Little Sentinel Peak at 6134 feet. Between Little Sentinel and Sentinel Peaks there is a wonderful exposure of Cambrian shales and mudstones that preserve ripple marks or cracked and dried mudflats of the past but this section of rocks is the only tough part of the trail to ride. At 4 miles the old road to the top of Pond Peak is met and turning left will take you 3 miles to the north trailhead and FR992 (5000 feet elevation), turn right and you go a short distance to Pond Peak (6136’) where again the views are 360 degrees and beautiful.
For those into car shuffling there is a trail about ½ mile north of Pond Peak that drops down to the Big Hank Campground and the Highway 5 miles and 3000 feet below.
The last 3 miles back to the start is a gradual descent on excellent single track that can be taken very fast with little or no pedaling or braking.
This ride is not 35 miles long, doesn't climb 4000 feet nor is it super technical, it just has more rewards for the effort than any I have seen. It should not have to be said that a clear day is a must.

Recommended Route:
If you have less than intense riders in the group the trip to Pond Peak is the highlight and makes an excellent turn around point.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Coeur D'Alene River Trail



Comments
mccann (06/25/2007)
do not try the downhill from pond peak to big hank. the trail disintigrates once you have descended about 1000 ft and are fully committed. nine hour mission for us with lots of bloodshed, dragging/pushing/throwing bike through and over overgrowth and deadfall. we were not lost, we came out right at the car. no trail. expensive suffer fest. eat my shorts, ajax29 for luring us into this death march.
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Review Date
September 30, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

Rate this review?

Reviewed by: Ajax29 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Shoshone Ridge offers some of the best views in the area and there is no part of the trail without a view. This is a short and relatively easy ride with some rocky sections and a couple of short steeper climbs. Starting at 5500 feet elevation there is a gradual climb past Downey and Bennett Peaks to crest over Little Sentinel Peak at 6134 feet. Between Little Sentinel and Sentinel Peaks there is a wonderful exposure of Cambrian mudstones that preserve ripple marks or cracked and dried mudflats of the past but this section of rocks is the only tough part of the trail to ride. At 4 miles the old road to the top of Pond Peak is met and turning left will take you 3 miles to the north trailhead and FR992 (5000 feet elevation), turn right and you go a short distance to Pond Peak (6136’) where again the views are 360 degrees and beautiful.
For those into car shuffling there is a trail about ½ mile north of Pond Peak that drops down to the Big Hank Campground and the Highway 5 miles and 3000 feet below.
The last 3 miles back to the start is a gradual descent on excellent single track that can be taken very fast with little or no pedaling or braking.
This ride is not 35 miles long, doesn't climb 4000 feet nor is it super technical, it just has more rewards for the effort than any I have seen. It should not have to be said that a clear day is a must.

Recommended Route:
If you have less than intense riders in the group the trip to Pond Peak is the highlight and makes an excellent turn around point.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Coeur D'Alene River Trail



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