224A

Total Miles
1.0

Elevation

965.20 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

This short connector trail starts at the Giant White Pine Campground and Trailhead and connects to the 4-way intersection with Three Tree Butte and East Fork Meadow Creek. This is an alternate way to start either of those trails or make a very short loop near the campground for beginner riders. Near the trailhead, the trail goes between a couple of really giant white pine trees that are really cool to see and you have to dodge around them since they are so big. The forest is really beautiful and full of growth and healthy trees here, with not many downed logs. The trail gains about 400 feet, but is very gradual as it climbs up from the trailhead to the 4-way intersection, and has a couple sections right above Highway 6 where you can see down to the highway. It has a few roots, and dirt land bridges, and is overall an easy trail.

Difficulty

This is a short and easy alpine single-track connector trail with a few roots, but no obstacles.

History

At the Giant White Pine Trailhead, there is a 600-year-old log on the display of a Western White Pine that was cut in 1999 that is several feet wide and fun to see. There is also an informational sign about the nearby Old Sampson Trail, which is a historical route that is used to connect Canada to southern Idaho.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

There are no status reports yet for this trail.

Access Description

The Giant White Pine trail system is made up of 10 or so easy-to-intermediate single tracks in the Clearwater National Forest near Emida, Idaho. The trailhead is at the paid Giant White Pine Campground, but there are only a few parking spaces here for small vehicles. Another good area to stage is at the Palouse Divide Nordic Ski Area on the north end of this trail system. This is a larger pull-off on Highway 6 that can accommodate more vehicles and bigger rigs. This area can have frequent trail closures due to logging activity in the area, so it's best to check with the Forest Service website ahead of time for closures along White Pine Drive.

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