Stein Butte Tr929 can be combined with New London Tr928 for a solid OAB or CW loop ride, or use Carlton Pasture Tr930 and FR1050 for an extended CW loop.
Stein Butte named after a prospector who mined in this vicinity during the early gold rush years of the 1850s and 1860s. Past hydraulic, surface and lode mining activity can be seen along the trail.
The shortest (9.8mi, 4200' ascent) loop is Stein Butte Tr929 to New London Tr928, returning on FR1050.
Over a 1000' of the ascent is on FR1050 (due to uneven terrain), when a ridge return is entirely rideable.
Returning on FR1050 wastes the effort of the 13% Stein Butte Tr929 ascent, and extending the ride to Carlton Pasture Tr930 and returning on FR1050 is even tougher, resulting in 2000' of road ascent.
Considering the length of the FR return, the best ride (as described in the guide below) may be a 19mi OAB to the end of New London Tr928, which has 6700' of climbing (1500' of which is due to uneven terrain and not steady climbing).
The Oaks Flats trail, shown beyond Carlton Pasture Tr930, may not be rideable.
The longest loop (CCW, 23mi, 7700' climbing) involves riding the entire length of New London Tr928 (also known as Elliot Rdg Tr) out to Summit Lake Tr926, then a 5mi return on FR1075 to Payette Tr970 and a lakeside cruise back to the TH.
Carlton Pasture Tr930 is a steep switchback through a mixed conifer and hardwood forest.
Carlton Pasture Trail 930, New London Trail 928, Stein Butte Trail 929, Summit Lake Trail 926
Harr Ridge Trail 947, Little Squaw Trail 923, Squaw Lakes E Trail 925
Carberry Campground, Flumet Flat Campground, French Gulch Campground, Harr Point Campground, Hart-Tish Campground, Jackson Campground, Latgawa Cove Campground, Seattle Bar Campground, Squaw Lakes Campground, Tipsu Tyee Campground, Watkins Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.