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Legend of Bear Pete 30k



18.2 mile 29.3 kilometer loop
86% Runnable


Ascent: 3,324' 1,013 m
Descent: -3,327' -1,014 m
High: 8,710' 2,655 m
Low: 6,086' 1,855 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)


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Trail shared by Keith Lannom

A 30k trail race in the Salmon River Mountains with hot springs at the finish line.

Keith Lannom

Features Fall Colors · Hot Spring · Swimming · Views

No dogs during the race. But the rest of the time, dogs are welcome.


A mostly singletrack 30k trail race just outside of McCall, Idaho that starts and finishes at Burgdorf Hot Springs. The highest point of the race is Bear Pete Mountain (8,760'). This is a companion event to the IMTUF 100 race.

Need to Know

Burgdorf Hot Springs is a great place for a trail race finish line.


The start is at Burgdorf Hot Spring and heads north up a gravel road for 2.5 miles. The course turns west into Pete Creek campground for a short distance, then you hit the Pete Creek Trail (#144). The climbing starts at about mile 5. You pass through some mature forests and some burned areas where the trees are thick and short. At mile 7.5, you reach the ridgeline and turn south onto the Bear Pete Trail (#142). This is the best part of the course. The open ridgeline provides spectacular views of across French Creek to the west. At mile 8.8, the course leaves the Bear Pete Trail for an off-trail climb to the peak of Bear Pete Mountain. Racers have to mark their bib according directions found on sign at the peak.

You turn around and retrace your steps to the Bear Pete Trail and continue south. It's mostly all downhill from this point. At approximately mile 12, turn east on the Nethker Creek Trail (#143). Watch your footing in parts of this trail, there are some loose gravel segments on this downhill section. At mile 16.5, turn north on Forest Road 248 and then again north on Forest Road 251 which takes you back to the road to Burgdorf Hot Springs. After you have a beer at the finish line, grab your towel and go for a soak in the hot springs.

The race course is very well marked by the race director. There is usually one unstaffed water-only aid station and one staffed aid station.

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A gorgeous southerly view awaits from Bear Pete Mountain.
Jan 26, 2017 near McCall, ID
The Pete Creek Trail runs through several meadows before the climbing starts.
Sep 10, 2017 near McCall, ID
Looking down Nethker Creek, it's mostly downhill from this point.
Sep 10, 2017 near McCall, ID
Pete Creek and Bear Pete Trail junction. The most scenic part of the course is just ahead.
Sep 10, 2017 near McCall, ID
Looking west across the French Creek drainage. One of many great views from the Bear Pete Trail.
Sep 10, 2017 near McCall, ID
Pete Creek Trail & Klip Creek trail junction
Aug 13, 2017 near McCall, ID


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