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Black Canyon

Average Rating:    (4.36 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

The climb up old pass road is mostly on old, rotting pavement with a few switchbacks but not that steep. The climb up to the top of Mount Ellie is a bit more difficult but absolutly beautiful. However, keep your eye on the trail b/c there are a few rocks that can knock you down if you aren't paying attention. There is one steep section that is ridable for the advanced riders. The singletrack down is fast and furious but watch out b/c it can get rutted towards the end of the summer. It can also be loose in spots, especially around the switchbacks. Towards the bottom of the canyon there are a few stream crossings but last time I was up there the trail crews were working on taking them out. This trail is a blast and I highly recommend it for any type of rider. The singletrack down can get pretty gnarly at the bottom with roots and rocks and the chance to topple over in a stream. Just remember towards the bottom when you get the horse trails to bare left otherwise you will end up at a horse barn. Have fun
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Latitude
43.49913369024069
Longitude
-110.89668273925781
Trail Directions
Go west out of Wilson towards Teton Pass. Turn left on the road across from the Hiedleburg. Go to the parking lot at the end of the road and start up the Old Pass Road. Go the 5 or so miles up the old pass road to the parking lot. In the parking lot there is another jeep road that heads off to the south (it is the only jeep road up there). About 150 yards up the jeep road - it turns to single track. Follow that up to the top of Mount Ellie (about 3 miles) and start the fun,fast decent down. The top of Mount Ellie is a nice place to enjoy the view of the Snake River Range and the Hobacks as well as fuel up and stretch the legs for the long, single track decent. The trail is single track all the way down to the parking lot where you started. Towards the bottom of the trail the single track gives way to horse trails and double track. No matter what you can find your way - just always bare to the left... You can make the ride longer by starting at the Owen Bircher Park Parking Lot and riding the fun, non-technical singletrack that goes along Teton Pass to the turn off. Then riding the road back down at the end.
Trail Length
15-ish
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Wilson/Jackson
   


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Review Date
February 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: petzel ,  Downhiller

Summary:
For a downhiller this would best be described as an " old school" trail . Meaning there are no built up stunts/jumps. It is a sweet "flowy" trail that anyone would like. One of the best pure singletrack downhills I've done. It's a sweet warmup for some of the more aggresive downhill trails in the area.



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Review Date
September 2, 2006

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: turnthepedals ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Super trail. A real joy if you like riding off road. I say "off road", although the first 5 miles up old pass road is on broken concrete with weeds growing out of it. Whenever I come to town to visit my friends I rent a bike and ride this trail. The description at the opening of this listing (the guy with the yellow helmet on sitting there in the meadow) is a good quick description. He is sitting at the very top, just past the communication tower, before the screaming super 10 minute downhill back to the car.

Recommended Route:
This trail is essentially an hour to hour and a half of climbing, a break where he is sitting in the picture to see the sites, then a screamer downhill. Start at the entrance to Old Pass Road just out of Wilson. Take plenty of water and a quick bite to eat...the intermediate rider on a rented coil sprung 30 pound diesel tractor call a mountain bike will need something in his/her stomach at the midpoint of this ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cache game is fun...over the mountain, down through the meadows, take the paved cycle path back into town. Get a bite to eat and then do it again.



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Review Date
July 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mtts422 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just rode this last weekend, amazing! If your in the Jackson area this is a must ride trail. The ride up to the summit is tough at altitude but the downhill makes it more than worth it. The singletrack on the downhill was in pretty good shape. As stated above it got a pretty losse on some of the cutbacks on the first section but after that some great step-downs and stream crossings. Enjoy!

Recommended Route:
Take 22 to the top of the pass, you'll see a pull off at the top. Be carefull, there is a "trail" that begins right by the hiking map in the parking area. Do not take that trail, as it will dead end about a mile down. Take the trail that is to the right of the parking area and begins with an imediate climb.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Putt-Putt



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Review Date
August 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: wahusky ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Perfect advanced ride for hikers turned into mountain bikers. Wonderful views and steep in places. Many shuttle this ride. If so, you have a short (~3mi) climb, and a long, continuous, meandering downhill. It starts in meadows with foliage at shoulder level. Many switchbacks. Narrow single track. Eventually you parallel the creek. Many roots, water bars and slightly wider trail. Eventually you cross the creek a few times (which can, but usually isn't according to friends who live in the area, be deep enough to hike your bike through it in places). Finally you are under the cover of grand evergreens. I would not take anybody on this ride who does not feel confident in their mountain biking abilities. It's just too long and fun to worry about them.

Recommended Route:
Shuttle it. This will give you more time for other adventures in the area... Also, go right once you reach the top (the trail trifurcates). Trust me, it will take you back to the left. Bring bear mace.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mill Creek was a very nice out and back (in Driggs, ID). At one point you are looking through an aspen grove at The Grand Teton. Aspen ?trail? also in Driggs, was pleasant.



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Review Date
August 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jupiterrn ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This had to be my favorite trail that our group rode during a recent vacation. If you have 2 vehicles you can shuttle and cut out some of the uphill climb. The uphill wasn't too bad and the downhills were fast and technical, beautiful scenery if you take the time to look. Can't say enough good things about the area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cache Game



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