I was going to describe this as a working downhill, then I looked at profile and discovered its only barely downhill over its whole length. Funny thing how memory works. I always imagined it was more down than up, maybe it's because the singletrack is mostly downhill and the rolling uphill parts are more doubletrack.
Regardless, it's a fun ridge crest connecting Bitterroot - Rock Creek Divide Trail
#313 to Willow Creek Trail
#300 and eventually the valley floor, something not many can claim to have done.
The trail is a continuation of Palisade Trail.
Consider this as an alternative to Sapphire Crest as we are having a hard time keeping Bitterroot - Rock Creek Divide Trail
#313 clear of trees beyond Dome Shaped Mountain, and the shuttle is much shorter for this option.
From the Bitterroot - Rock Creek Divide Trail
#313 (as mapped), the trail starts with a mile of sweet steep loamy singletrack. Where the trail turns to doubletrack, the Dam Lake Trail #88
splits off to the left. Keep right and continue along the ridge. Despite being doubletrack there are a few punchy climbs. After about the second climb, runners will pop up on a knoll and the trail will fade away.
Keep going in the same directions and the trail should reappear soon as it leads into a steeper descent. At the bottom the trail veers off the doubletrack. Stay on the doubletrack which is Alternate Palisades Trail #44
. You'll run past Skalkaho/Little Burnt Fork Trail #149
and Skalkaho - Gird Trail #86
without ever noticing them. They are unmarked and not obvious. After some more climbing and another short downhill there will be a trail that heads straight while the doubletrack curves right. This is your trail. Climb it to reach the descent to Willow Creek Trail