Reimel Creek Trail #175
ElevationAscent: 44' 14 m
Descent: -2,477' -755 m
High: 7,586' 2,312 m
Low: 5,111' 1,558 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
Current trail conditions
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“A rough but moderately graded descent from the CDT”— Lance Pysher
The trail is worn in places, the bench cuts have narrowed, and loose rocks have rolled down from the hillsides. Still, if you don't mind a bit of adventure with your run, it is still fun.
The trail is best done downhill, and the recommended route would be to leave a car at the Sula Ranger Station and arrange a shuttle up to Chief Joseph Pass. Grab the CDT here and enjoy the trail until you reach the fork with Reimel.
The trail starts along Tolan Ridge and is easy to follow through the log cuts. After a quarter mile, there is a fork to the left and the trail becomes a little harder to follow until the trail disappears in a wet patch; contour to the right until you reach the meadow. The trail remains missing through the grass. Continue contouring and trending gradually down toward some trees on the far side. You'll probably need to use the Trail Run Project mobile app to find the switchbacks in the trees until we can get the track rebuilt.
Run the switchbacks down to the creek until the trail once again becomes sketchy. Initially, stay to the left of the creek, although there will be a few crossings. In this area, look for blazes on the trees, log cuts, and old tire tracks until you approach the burn and the trail once again becomes somewhat obvious.
From here, follow the trail out. Be alert for unmarked obstacles, there will be plenty. Good luck and be careful out there.
Land Manager: USFS - Bitterroot National Forest Office
Apr 17, 2019: Burning Planned at Bass Creek Recreation Area
Apr 11, 2019: Spring Burning Planned on the Forest