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Canfield Mountain Loop



5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer loop
86% Runnable


Ascent: 1,052' 321 m
Descent: -1,059' -323 m
High: 3,542' 1,080 m
Low: 2,517' 767 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)


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Trail shared by Maya Ireland

A nice loop with a gentle climb up the Forest Service road to a singletrack heaven.

Maya Ireland

Features Cave · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


A straightforward loop on Forest Service roads and singletrack. The 5.6-mile run that's split between a gentle climbs up to the "The Island" and a nice and steady descent back to the start. Canfield Mountain is a popular area, so expect a variety of trail users to keep you company as you explore the woods and slopes.

Need to Know

    Look out for motorcycles, four-wheelers, and descending mountain bikers as you run.
  • Many trails may be roughed and rutted. Watch your step in these areas.


From the trailhead, take the South Canfield OHV (USFS 1562) road for just over a mile till it connects with Trail A on the right. There will be a short, mellow descent as Trail A wanders down to the intersection with Trail 3. Keep left to head up to the bottom of Trail 6.

Follow Trail 6 up a steady and fairly gentle grade as it follows the contours of the slope. The top of the climb brings runners to "The Island" where a turn to the right will start down Trail 7 for a nice, gentle descent with long, straight corridors through the trees. Trail 7 ends at "Penn Station."

Take a hard right to rejoin Trail A. The enjoyable singletrack winds its way down the west side of the ridge to meet the top of Trail 4 (Cave Trail). Turn left to run down a shady drainage all the way to the parking lot. Look for a cave near the end that was created by mining operations.

Flora & Fauna

Ample wildflowers in the spring along with deer, elk, and moose.

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Sep 21, 2016
Keenan Sullivan

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Trail "A"
Mar 30, 2015 near Dalton…, ID
Trailhead sign.
Nov 5, 2016 near Dalton…, ID
This is the beginning incline. Steep at first but enjoyable.
Nov 5, 2016 near Dalton…, ID


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