Map includes: Basalt Pass Trail 1530, Basalt Ridge Trail 1515, Minnow Creek Trail 1539, Rock Creek Trail 1509, Rock Creek Tie Trail 1538 Mountain Biking and Hiking Trails.
TH: From the Finner Creek campground, ride FR6200 or the Finner Creek Tie trail towards the Rock Creek campground. Cross Finner Creek and several other creeks.
1.7mi: Just prior to reaching the Rock Creek campground, go right onto Rock Creek Tr1509 and ascend alongside Rock Creek, crossing 4 creeks prior to reaching the Rock Creek Tie Tr1538 intersection. Traverse the steep hillside for 1mi, then settle into a steady ascent to the next crest, at 3.7mi, crossing 3 steep creek drainages along the way.
4.1mi: Just prior to the 4th creek crossing, reach the Rock Creek Tie Tr1538 intersection and go right (intersection is marked with a tree marker, if you can find it..). Ascend 1800' in 2.4mi over increasingly tougher terrain. The trail is smooth but there is a traverse at 5.6mi which is followed by 5 tough switchbacks (13 switchbacks total), which will require some hike-a-bike for intermediate riders.
6.6mi: At the saddle intersection, go right onto Basalt Ridge Tr1515 and immediately pass the Basalt Pass Tr1530 intersection on the left. Hike-a-bike .3mi out of the saddle, with 2 more .3mi climbs to reach Basalt Peak (more hike than bike). Ascend the increasingly exposed and rocky terrain, requiring some technical skills and likely to be hike-a-bike for intermediate riders, before reaching the 7.7mi Basalt Peak ride summit. There is a summit viewpoint to the right, with Basalt Ridge Tr1515 bearing to the left. View Shaefer Lake, the White Mountains and Glacier Peak Wilderness from this amazing vista, then prepare for some relentless downhill.
9.8mi: After a steep, wide-open switchback descent, pass the Minnow Creek Tr1539 intersection on the left, with a viewpoint trail on the right. Descend the final 1.5mi to the TH over relatively smooth but very steep switchback terrain.
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