There are 5 mountain bike trail areas within a 45 minute drive from Lewiston and Clarkston. The closest one, Hells Gate State Park, is in Lewiston right along the Snake River with access from Tammany Creek Road, Snake River Avenue, or the bike path. Three of trail systems are on publicly owned land, while the fourth (Moscow Mountain) is on private land. Terrain at these venues varies from sandy/rocky soil in an open space at 700 feet elevation to windy single-track through the woods at elevations of 3000-4500 feet.
Hells Gate State Park
Single-track trails by the east bank of the Snake River. Nice grassy camping areas with trees and natural shade in the state park. The trails have no trees or shade, so be prepared for a warm ride in the afternoon summer sun. Great views over Asotin, Clarkston, Craig Mountain and the north edge of Hells Canyon. A couple routes have significant climbs of 500-800 feet. Most of the trails are navigable for a novice rider with a few technical sections. Due to the minimal snow at this low elevation and the sandy soil that dries quickly, these trails can be ridden year round. Hells Gate is a popular spot for hiking and horseback riding also.
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Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area
25 miles SE of Lewiston
Single-track and fire road cover several miles of the Craig Mountain Area. Many routes start from the large Kruze Meadows gravel parking area off Zaza Road (non-flushing toilet on site). Wonderful views into the Snake River and Salmon River Valleys, plus the Seven Devils and Wallowa Mountains can be experienced from the far reaches of the fire road routes. The single-track winds through the woods closer to Kruze Meadows and Soldiers Meadow Reservoir, and provides mostly flat cross-country trails with much greenery, a few creek crossings, and frequent wildlife sightings. The single-track is closed to motorized traffic; however the fire roads are popular for ATV activity. The elevation is around 4,700 feet and trails are often snowed over late November through early April.
Pinkham Butte / North Fork Asotin Creek
25 miles SW of Clarkston, WA
Commonly referred to as the Asotin Creek Trail, this is often shuttled and ridden as a top down single route of 15 miles…but manageable in both directions. The trail head up top is off of National Forest road 41 in the Umatilla National Forest. The route traverses to Pinkham Butte in a couple miles and then begins the decent to and along North Fork Asotin Creek. Upper sections are occasionally technical exposed, while the lower part mellows out and mostly travels along the creek. Highest elevation is about 4,500 feet and lowest is about 2700. The upper part is often snow covered during the winter months. Trees and shade along most of the route. Water could be pulled from the creek (with a filter), but there are no restrooms or facilities at this trail. Adventure Pass required for parking in certain areas. Contact the Umatilla National Forest office.
38 miles north of Lewiston (3.5 miles north of Moscow, ID)
Miles and miles of great single-track through the woods. Moscow Mountain has many tight trails loaded with switchbacks. Several climbs are long and challenging, and there is equal pay off on the flowy descents. The trails are built and maintained on private land by volunteers through the coordinated efforts of Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association (MAMBA). Elevation ranges from 2,800 – 4,300 feet. Lower trails are usually accessible April through early December. There is a gate regulating vehicle access to the upper parking areas on the east side of the mountain that typically opens mid-May and closes late November. Check with a local bike shop or MAMBA for the schedule. Moscow Mountain trails are popular among mountain bikers, hikes, and trail runners; closed to motorized vehicles and horses. There are good trail descriptions and a map on the MAMBA site, but no signage on the trails.
Fields Spring State Park
30 miles south of Clarkston
Fields Spring State Park in SE Washington is near the top of Rattlesnake Grade above the Grand Ronde River. The park provides year round recreation opportunities with sledding/tubing and cross country skiing in the winter; and hiking, mountain biking, and camping spring through fall. Elevation is about 4,000 feet. There a few trails and the loops are short with a bit of elevation change, yet provide a good single-track experience through the woods. Puffer Butte is at the south end of the park and provides a nice lookout to the Grand Ronde River. Campsites and full facilities are available in the state park. Adventure Pass is required for parking inside the park or along the gravel road leading up to it.
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