Birch Creek Trail For Mountain Biking

The 9th most popular mountain bike trail in Idaho.

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The 30 mile Birch Creek Trail starts and ends from the Birch Creek Ranger Station. It's long mountain bike ride which offers views, wildlife and fairly easy riding throughout. Cycle up Birch Creek Road and turn left up Mule Creek Road just past the turnoff to the Dinner Station Campground. Follow Mule Creek Road to the trailhead to Minneopa Lake. From Minneopa go past Boatmans Lake to Estler Lake, cross Estlers Dam and take a steep jeep road down Rattlesnake Creek immediately on the left. Passing an old coke kiln you reach Kelly Reservoir, continue down past Red Butte on the right. turn to the left up French Creek/Thief Creek Road. As you climb this road it passes through various active gold mines and there is evidence of placer gold panning in French Creek on the right. Descend from the divide steeply dawn Thief Creek Road returning back once more to Birch Ranger Station.

To get to the trailhead for the Birch Creek Trail, follow US15 to Apex exit north of Dillon. Follow Birch Creek road to CCC Camp/Thief Creek turnoff. Follow Thief Creek 400 M from Birch Creek to the cabin.

Overall, Birch Creek Trail is the 9th most popular mountain bike trail of all 63 mountain biking rides in Idaho. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Birch Creek Trail including Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, Birch Creek To Rock Creek Trail, Deerhead Lake Trail, Estler Lake Trail, Greenstone Mine Trail and CDT - Chief Joseph Pass to Big Hole PassBasin Creek - High Trail.

Birch Creek Trail Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  BDNF (406) 683-3900; Idaho Tourism (800) 635-7820.

Best Season:  May - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  45.4157, -112.8546

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  6/23/2016

ID:  6058

Birch Creek Trail Mountain Biking Map


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