Hay-Knapp Creek (Eastern Segment)
ElevationAscent: 4,368' 1,331 m
Descent: -2,825' -861 m
High: 8,729' 2,661 m
Low: 6,523' 1,988 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 50% (27°)
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“Expansive ridgetop views and alpine lakes await on this strenuous trail.”— Chris Wandervans
Once on the ridgeline, you'll follow the spine until you come to a trail junction. The ATV route will turn left and you'll continue on the ridge onto 6.4 miles of singletrack. Just after leaving the ATV trail, start looking down to your left and you'll see an alpine lake tucked in the mountains along with some great meadows.
At the junction with the East Basin Lake Trail, you can follow the trail down and into the lakes basin if you are looking for a detour. Leaving the lakes behind, you'll continue on the ridge and then start a steep descent into Hay Creek.
After the steep descent, the trail will again become an ATV track. You'll continue down Hay Creek on the ATV trail for about 3.5 miles. Then you'll bear right at the junction to continue on the trail and it will again become singletrack. This portion of singletrack is about 6 miles in length and will take you to Hyndman Lake. The last part before the lake is going to be steep and loose in sections.
You can take this one as an out-and-back, or you can turn it into an even longer loop, heading west on the Hay-Knapp Creek Western Segment, or make a loop in the opposite direction using short road segments to connect the West Fork of Yankee Fork Trail to your starting point.
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Land Manager: USFS - Salmon-Challis National Forest Office