The Ruby/Loon Lake loop consists of three separate trails that can be ridden from two different trailheads. From Ruby Meadows Trailhead, there is a stout 20+ mile loop with a fair amount of climbing on the way home. The beginning of the trail is 4.5 miles of fast double track that meanders through forested mining areas and dredge ponds. It quickly turns into a fun, fast single track descent into Ruby Meadows. In 2018, One Track Mind with ICC rebuilt this downhill section and several of the bridges in Ruby Meadows. We also removed downed logs from the sides of the trail to create a wider and safer riding corridor. In 2020, OTM and ICC will partner again to finish bridge reconstruction, add rock armoring and begin rehabbing the trail tread where it has become cupped.
The Loon Lake portion of the Ruby/Loon Lake loop takes riders to one of the most scenic alpine lakes in Idaho. This ten-mile loop includes the Secesh River Trail, and is rated by the International Mountain Bike Association as one of their must do “EPIC” trails. The loop segment can be accessed from the Chinook Campground near Secesh, ID. The downhill section from Loon Lake to the lower Secesh River Bridge has some eroded sections that have been a priority for One Track Mind with volunteer and ICC crews. The trail section along the Secesh River is outstanding, be sure to check it out!
In 2021 a crew from MCC completed a 6/10th of a mile reroute, which included cutting a new corridor and digging an entirely new trail. The reroute accomplished the goal of avoiding a long marsh/wet area as well as some steep trail. The trail has previously been unrideable due to mud. The work was rigorous and completed in hot, dry and smokey conditions.
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