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Bench Trail

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Sweet, Sweet, Sweet. Some minor climbing involved. The lower 3 miles is extremely rocky so be careful. Enough said, Ride, Ride, Ride.
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Latitude
44.62071554335461
Longitude
-107.49053478240967
Trail Directions
From Greybull head East on US Hwy 14 thru Shell, proceed up Shell Canyon to the Ranger Creek Turnoff. Approx. 22 miles from Greybull. Park at Ranger Creek campground. Trail head is by the shelter at the campground.
Trail Length
11 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Shell
   


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Review Date
August 8, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: redrossrider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Who wouldn't love this trail. I have been riding it since the mid 1990's and although it has changed a bit it is still fun and challenging. The lower quarter has been smoothed out a bit so there is considerably less blood letting. Since the timber sale and logging of the upper third, there has been some substantial changes. This years wet spring has caused some slope failers in this area, so watch out. Dont loose a wheel in a crack. You need to look for the trail leaving the logging road just before the end of the logged area. There is a left going up the hill, if missed you will have a tough go. Unfortunatley there has been a lot of down timber as well. If you ride it move a few off and maybe we can all keep it a little better.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You can make up your own ride in the Big Horn Mountains, just get on your bike and ride.



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Review Date
March 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: SRThardtail ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The bench trail is a great single track only trail. It is a short trail that can be done two to three hours and only 10 or 11 miles but, it is sure to wear you out. It is mostly downhill but, don’t let that fool you as it does have a considerable amount of climbing at the beginning of it. Push yourself hard to make the three steeper climbs, two of them are towards the beginning and the hardest of the three is towards the bottom. Most of the time you will be in timber except for at the very top and very bottom. The top was recently logged due to pine beetles and the bottom starts to turn to desert and sage brush. Our local group of riders (SRT) is working with forest service to make a trail system at the top so it is not just a shuttle sort of ride. The bottom used to be very technical but recently was overhauled and is a blast now. This is a good trail for everyone from down hillers to climbers; leave the heavy downhill bike at home though you’ll hate it on the climbs. Hope we see you on it.

Recommended Route:
There are two ways to do it. You can go up it or down it. If you choose to go up it good luck makin it, and if you do youll surely sleep good that night.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hurry Back, Cross country skii trails, Beef trail.



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seagan (06/03/2010)
We are heading out there next week (June 11) Is this under snow right now?
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Review Date
February 22, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: EpicSRT ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
(Feb 22, 08) The USFS has almost completed the logging contract on the south side of Shell Canyon. The Bench Trail is slated for major reconstruction this spring and summer. According to the Fed's it may be open for biking in late August or early September. The trail will never be like it was in the past due to the logging, but at least we'll have it back after two years of impatiently waiting for the logging contractor to finish the project. Let's hope the Fed's & the trail re-construction team do it justice. RIDE, RIDE, RIDE :)

Recommended Route:
See other reviews.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The 50 mile loop from Antelope Butte / Sibley Lake / Antelope Butte. (contact Tom or Todd for route) The Hurryback loop, Devils Canyon, Bucking Mule Falls. There is plenty of riding to be had on the Big Horn National forest. :)



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Review Date
November 18, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: murcielago220 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail offers the most diverse terrain I've ever seen in one trail. It varies from dusty singletrack, to granite covered rock gardens. The trail mostly down hill after the initial up hill that is fairly steep. The only other up hill climbs are extremely short. The trail has slow technical terrain towards the bottom, but the upper section is all out downhill fun. Never had as much fun on a trail as I do on this one. Definitely a good choice.

Recommended Route:
From Dayton take U.S. 14 towards shell, Turn off at the Ranger Creek turn off, Park and ride to the hills, a two track takes off to the south from the main dirt road, cross the bridge and follow the wooden fence west for a short distance(100 yds) the trail takes off from there with the up hill.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Tongue River Canyon Trail. Takes off from Freeze Out point.



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Review Date
December 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Travis ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great single track! Lots of flowing turns.
Its not real technical untill the end .The scenery changes from dark forest to Moab like vistas of Schell canyon. I will be back!

Recommended Route:
Ride the 10 mi down ride the road back to the trailhead.Shuttles are easier but not as satisfying. Stop at Schell Falls and have a soda on the way up!



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