This trail isn't shared with motored vehicles, just hikers, horse back riders, and other mountain bikers. The first obstacle is crossing the Beauty Creek (might be ride able late summers early fall) there is a fallen log to cross if you decide not to chance it. The trail is 99% single track with mild grades and fire road crossings. At the first crossing you'll have to turn South (left) onto the dirt road and look for the trail head to the West (right) side of the road, it's hidden so don't go to far. The section crossing the trail head is about an eighth mile to the East (left) on the dirt road and the trail head is South (right). I've only ridden the South side of this hill twice. All I'll say here is ride it, from the end of the trail the only way I know how to return you back to your car is turn around
Take Exit #22 ( highway 97, East side of the lake ) To Beauty Bay
Turn East ( left ) on Beauty Creek Road, the trail head is about 3 1/2 miles off highway 97.
A place to park is at the dirt road fork just after the first cattle crossing. ( you'll be riding road for about three miles, good warm up )
There is another place to park at the trail head, note there's only enough room for a couple of cars
Summary: On a family vacation for the Ironman Event in Coeur d'Alene, my brother, a close friend and I also did some top shelf mtbking while the wife raced. First was two days at Canfield Mt. (see review). Ride three was Beacon Hill (see review). Last, possibly the best and now in the top 5 of 20+ yrs of riding is Beauty Creek Trail 257.
Weather for the end of June was angelic, 80+ degrees, puffy clouds and cool mt. breezes. Up front you will not like this or most trails in northern Idaho if you don’t like to climb. However if you do... well now not only will you swoon at the single-track climb of 2400 ft. but the 5ml ride back down will give you happy dreams for many years to come.
Perfect flow and rhythm over fast pine needle carpeted lush single track. Don’t lose yourself in the pure ecstasy because the mountain does change. Once out of the woods as described in earlier posts the exposure is NO JOKE! You can walk all of it no problem, but riding it all is only for those very skilled on two wheels. Be smart, test your skills, have fun and know when not to push the limit. Remember you can’t ride if you’re hurt.
Fast forward to the end... you splash out into a perfect mountain creek just yards from your car. Forget the car and go jump in the creek! What an awesome way to end one of the most awesome trails.
Recommended Route: Car directions in earlier posts are very good. Park your car, ride up the road a few miles (great warm up). The trail head is clearly marked on your right. Climb single-track, then onto fire-road. Stay LEFT at first small fire-road followed by more single-track. Stay left at fork on large fire-road. Go to the summit and you will see the single-track trail head to go back DOWN.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Canfield Mountain.
Summary: This is superb singletrack. Probably the best in terms of proximity to Coeur d'Alene. The downhill portion along Caribou Ridge reminds me of an Inland Northwest version of Porcupine Rim in Moab, Dakota Ridge in Denver, or More Fun in Fruita. Very Gnarly and very fun!!!
For those who think the trail should be closed.... you need to have your mouth washed out for mountain bike blasphemy. It would be a trajedy to have this trail closed. It's a shame there are not more trails like here, in an area with so much potential.
Summary: Drive to Beauty Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Park at Beauty Bay campground. Elevation 2150’.
Ride up paved road 2.6 miles, elev 2600’and find a small parking area on left side of road. On right side find trail 257 dropping into creek.
Climb single track thru woods to an abandoned logging road crossing,at 4.2 miles, elev 3280’.
Turn left on road, ride about 150’; before small stream turn right back on ST.
Climb to road 439 intersection where trail dead ends at 5.1 miles, elev 3700’
Turn right on road, ignore 2 logging spurs coming in from the right.
At first left turn, mile 6.6, elev 4130’, turn left towards hidden summit.
At mile 7.0, elev 4350’, turn right on single track just before clearing at summit.
Descend to junction with trail 79 and 227 at 7.2 mile, 4220’ elev.
Turn left on trail 227.
At 8.1,elev 3640’, cross first logging road. If you want to climb out to avoid the climb out of the “hole” and go back to descend trail 257, turn left and ride the logging road system up and out. Make no turns off this road as it is the major uphill road, the spurs lead off into logging units. Once up on the ridge, go thru open or closed and over or around the sometimes present Kelly bumps. At the first left turn, road 439, turn left and ride short distance to intersection with trail 257.
Continue the descent to the “hole” by jogging left on the logging road and making an immediate right turn at the edge of a clear cut climbing on a beat up quad trail.
At 8.7 mile, elev 3550’, cross an overgrown logging road.
Drop to elev 3490’, and cross another logging road, make a left and quick right.
At 9.5 mile, elev 2960’, cross a logging road. If you want to ride logging roads back to trail 257, this is the last uphill road out. Otherwise continue downhill.
At 9.7 mile, elev 2810, cross a logging road and begin a steep preferred hike a bike drop.
At 10.0 mile, elev 2570’, intersect with trail 257 in the “hole”. There are several trails that come together here. Take the left most hand turn and start climb out. 257 climbs mostly all ridable grade.
At 12.7 mile, elev 3750’, intersect logging road. Turn left.
At 12.9 mile turn right on road 439.
At 13.1mile, elev 3700’, turn right on trail 257 retracing original climb.
At 15.2 mile intersect Beauty Creek rd. Turn left and coast back to campground at 17.8 miles.
Total elevation climb is 3540’.
Elevations are relative and are for reference only.
Recommended Route: As described
Review Date March 15, 2003
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Please Select
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Reviewed by: geargrrl
, from spokane
Summary: There are TWO Trails here... one is 257, the other the 79 the Cariboo ridge trail . You access them both off forest road 438. 257 is a really sweet but short (2 mile) single track downhill run through the forest... short enough that you might as well lap it. The cariboo ridge trail is about about 1.5 miles further up the forest road. It's 6 miles in length. The top is beautiful singletrack, but the bottom section ( the cliff and switchbacks that are being referred to) is two miles of steep exposure. I couldn't beleive the trail damage from bikes, sad to say. We are all very good riders but it was difficult. The cliff section is narrow, exposed and full of really large sharp loose rocks. Two of our group of three went off the 30 foot cliff, no damage or injuries. And she was the expert rider. This trail is actually closed to horses : I believe that it ought to be closed to bikes too just from the damage we saw.
Recommended Route: There is some confusion here. There are two different trails here very close to each other, and both are being reviewed.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Now, I said, 257 is sa-weet... it theoretically extends down to Carlin Bay.