Ruben Hollow to Weston Peak 7443

Total Miles
2.9

Elevation

2,420.68 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

6

Moderate

Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

This is an epic single track in the Caribou National Forest near Preston, Idaho. It is full of narrow side hill sections, wildflowers in the spring and summer, and amazing views of the surrounding mountain valleys. From the south end of the trail, it starts at an unmarked intersection with the East Slope of Old Baldy single track. The majority of the trail is a narrow ridge line trail over a series of beautiful rolling green mountain hills. It is stunning in spring and summer with so many wildflowers and some lingering snow drifts making for epic scenery. There are lots of side hilling sections with moderate exposure that are not for the faint of heart or those scared of heights. It goes through a short scree field that looks intimidating, but the trail is actually cut in to the scree pretty good so it is not too difficult to get through. There is an intersection with the North Weston Peak single track on the east side of the trail about half way through. It continues north meandering through the rolling hills on a very narrow trail. In late spring and early summer there is still potential to have snow drifts on the north facing sides of the mountains that could make it impassable, especially if climbing up. Going down through the snow drifts (south to north) would be easier than going up, but always stay the trail. There is a series of steep loose switchbacks at the north end of the trail as it drops you into Ruben Hollow to connect to the 441 ATV trail, and it also becomes rockier as you lose elevation. At the end of the switchbacks is a loose section that goes straight down to the ATV trail very steeply (instead of switchbacking) that could be very difficult for some riders. This final segment would be much harder to go up, and is easier to go down them because it is hard to keep traction going up. There is a ribboned reroute to go around these switchbacks on a narrow trail that connects to the ATV trail in another spot with a shallow creek crossing that is much easier than going down the switchbacks. Look for the reroute on your right before the gnarliest section starts.

Difficulty

Technical single track that is narrow with exposure. If going north to south, the steep switchbacks at the entrance to the trail are like a gatekeeper and will be the hardest part of the trail if you can get through them.

Technical Rating

6

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Access Description

This trail system in the Caribou National Forest is full of several single track and 50" trails with amazing views and are full of wildflowers in spring and summer. The area will likely be hot and dusty in late summer. The west side of the trail system can be accessed from Highway 36 (Deep Creek Road) at the Third Creek Motorized Trailhead. The east side of the system can be accessed from a staging area off of Five Mile Road outside the town of Dayton.

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