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North Fork Hyndman Trail #165
Details (6/23/2024)
Status: Partial
Difficulty: Advanced
Uses: Mt Biking & Hiking & Equestrian
Length: 4.15 miles
Start: 7,045'
End: 9,445'
Min: 7,045'
Max: 9,445'
Gain: 2,533'
Loss: -133'
Elevation Profile
// track pieces: 386, // elevation pieces: 386
Trailhead Forecast (6/23/2024)
Description / Access Information
North Fork Hyndman Trail #165This trail does not see as much traffic as the Hyndman Creek Trail. It climbs pleasantly above the creek and along lightly-forested benches before entering a rocky and constricted canyon. The switchbacks leading to Pio Cabin are not well-maintained and are a challenge for downhill mountain bikers. The trail accesses several off-trail routes that climb both of the upper branches of the creek.

There are four different trails that connect between the Corral Creek trailhead and the Johnstone and Hyndman trailheads 12 miles up the East Fork of the Big Wood River. This allows for several loop and up-and-over options for both hikers and mountain bikers. Logistically, the Pioneer Cabin to Long Gulch, and Johnstone Cr. to N. Fork Hyndman (#206 to #165) loops require minimal car shuttling. Mountain bikers will find the Pioneer Cabin to Johnstone Cr. ride (#122 to #206) to be a challenging climb and a technical, sometimes harrowing downhill. It is also possible to descend the N. Fork Hyndman Trail #165.  The switchbacks beneath the cabin are not well maintained, but the trail below them is in good shape. For the fit rider, linking either of these rides with the Parker-Bear Gulch Trail #121 creates a huge 30-mile loop.  Hikers or mountain bikers planning any up-and-over routes will have to shuttle a car out the East Fork of the Big Wood River Road. 


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