About Ruby Meadows/Loon Lake Loop
The Ruby/Loon Lake loop, a 20-mile trail ensemble, offers diverse experiences from two trailheads. At Ruby Meadows Trailhead, riders embark on a challenging loop with significant climbs, starting with 4.5 miles of fast double track through historical mining landscapes. This section transitions into exhilarating single-track descents into Ruby Meadows. One Track Mind and Idaho Conservation Corps youth crews revamped this downhill part and refurbished several bridges, widening the trail for a safer and more enjoyable ride.
The loop also includes the breathtaking Loon Lake, part of the IMBA Epic-rated Secesh River Trail loop, accessible from the Chinook Campground. This segment is known for its scenic alpine lake views and challenging terrain, including some eroded sections that have been a focus for maintenance efforts.
MCC completed a significant 0.6-mile reroute to bypass marshy areas and steep terrain, enhancing the trail’s rideability and ecological sustainability. This effort was accomplished under challenging conditions, showcasing the dedication and resilience of the teams involved.