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Third Fork

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Uphill is a bitch, but 7.5 miles later you turn around and it is totally killer. You better know how to use your brakes because there are some killer switchbacks.
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Latitude
42.1701468464135
Longitude
-114.26416397094726
Trail Directions
Go South on Blue Lakes Blvd., take a left on foothills road, take right at first stop sign, and continue down Rock Creek Rd. until you reach area with two gravel turnouts, and take left to the fence.
Trail Length
15 miles up and back
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Twin Falls
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 14, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Chuck from texas ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Typical forest service ride. ATV/dirt bike trail so it was well established and fast.Intermediate is an accurate rating. There were several shallow creek crossings, some gravel patches and a few rocky places but otherwise a clean ride. This year the scenery was spectaclar. The top two-thirds was forested with lots of turns and nice berms. The last third was straight single track through sage brush traversing across hillsides. Lots of whoop-de-doops.

Recommended Route:
Start at Porcupine Springs campground and descend to Third Fork trail head. I started at the top the first day and finished uphill on the road. Second day I dropped a car at the bottom and caught a lift to the top. Much better.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The second day I rode up Second Fork to Bear Gulch planning to go over to Harrington Fork and descend that. The Second Fork trail was a beast: narrow and gravelly and difficult for me to ascend. There was no trail up Bear Gulch so I descended Second Fork to the Third Fork trail head. Second Fork is much better as a descent. More challenging than Third Fork.



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Review Date
April 12, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kirsten ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is incredible! Just happened to be in Idaho for the annual "Revenge of the Singletrack" race last year which integrates peices of a few different South Hill trails. Fast roller coaster decents leave your heart in the back of your throat, challenging climbs, beautiful scenery, fun creek crossings, virtually undiscovered...we'll be back again.

Recommended Route:
Starting at Diamond Field Jacks, exploring all day and hopefully finding the car again by nightfall. (Or not)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
We biked around at the City of Rocks and had a blast.



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Review Date
June 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Seth , from Provo

Summary:
Biking up the road lets you warm up for the fast, swooping singletrack through the pines and eventual drop back into the sagebrush and loose rock toward the bottom. Bring plenty of water and food, watch for deer that spook toward you easily when encountered by a motorless vehicle crusing at 25+mph straight toward them. After loosing my purchase on a rocky washout and collecting a lot of small rocks with my upper thigh I'd also recommend dropping your tire pressure a little (35-45psi) before letting it go on the singletrack.

Recommended Route:
Park at Harrington, ride the road to the top of Porcupine Springs and its all downhill back to your ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There is such an abundant cash of stellar rides in the South Hills, and not a lot of riders in the area to chew them up, grab a map and do some exploring!



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Review Date
May 29, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Mark , from Twin Falls

Summary:
There are several ways to access this trail. A fun recreational ride consists of parking (or being dropped off ) at Porcupine Springs and following the road to the top of Third Fork. The trail is basically down hill, and has several places that you can turn off to join other trails (may want a map for the other trails). A good Beg to Int ride is to join the Martendale trail. This will actually take you back up the mountian, where you will eventually join back to the road. Turn right on the road, and you will head back past the trail head for Third Fork and on to Porcupine Springs.

Recommended Route:
From Twin Falls head East to Hansen. Turn south at Hansen and continue up Rock Creek Road.



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Review Date
April 24, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tim , from Twin Falls, Id

Summary:
This is a great Southern Idaho Ride with everything you could ask. Tough rocky sections low and swooping forest loam corners up near the top. Great riding in the area and close to services. Some good stream crossings and several alternate route to make it interesting. This is part of the course for the Revenge of the Singletrack race held in June. Stop in at one of the local shops for directions.

Recommended Route:
This ride can be done as an out and back as described. The ride is best done by closing a loop from Harrington Fork. Follow Harrington Fork to the Ridge, difficult to follow on the top and a map is suggested. then follow the route down Third fork and the road back to the car at Harrington fork.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Indian Springs, Harrington Fork, Whalstrom Hollow, Dry Gulch



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