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Third Fork/Wahlstrom Hollow Loop

Intermediate

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9.3 mile 14.9 kilometer loop
85% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,774' 541 m
Descent: -1,770' -540 m
High: 6,847' 2,087 m
Low: 5,205' 1,586 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Mostly singletrack trail that straddles the third fork of Rock Creek and loops back around to the Third Fork Campground.

Brian Brown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Mainly done in a clockwise direction, this loop offers gorgeous views, especially in the fall.

Runner Notes

Watch out for some loose shale rock around mile 7-8.

Description

This loop utilizes mostly singletrack trail that straddles the third fork of Rock Creek and loops back around to the Third Fork Campground. There ascents and descents are gradual.

Starting out, you'll parallel Rock Creek and run by beaver bonds with high desert mountains all around you. Heading back north, about halfway through the loop, you'll climb into aspen trees and will run into some snow starting around the end of October usually.

Coming back around as the loop turns to the north, there are three gradual switchbacks that can wear you out if you don't pace yourself. They are not too steep, however, and the view from the top is gorgeous. After the switchbacks, it is a few downhill miles to pick up the pace and finish your run back at the campground.

The trail is fairly technical but makes for a great loop run.

Flora & Fauna

Sagebrush, aspens, wildflowers, pine.

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May 27, 2020
Keaton Reed
Trail is in great condition. Totally dry and recently cleared 9.3mi — 2h 49m

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Photos

Some impressive beaver ponds visible from the Third Fork Rock Creek Trail.
Sep 19, 2018 near Hansen, ID
The junction of the Second Fork Rock Creek Trail and the Third Fork Trail.
Sep 19, 2018 near Hansen, ID
Working up the the narrow singletrack on the Third Fork Rock Creek Trail.
Jan 4, 2018 near Hansen, ID

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