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MAMBA Trails - Moscow Mountain, Idaho


View Trail MapsAlt Rock

Alt Rock is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Alt Rock is a great connector between Sand Blvd and Rock & a Hard Place. It is an old logging road that is now covered grass. It Ys off of Sand Blvd and gradually ascends before gently dropping down to the four way intersection at the bottom of Donkey Hoh Tea. It continues uphill and eventually dead ends. At the end, head up the bank on your left (20 feet) to intersect the middle of Rock & a Hard Place.

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View Trail MapsBlonde Cedar Connector

Blonde Cedar Connector is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

As the name implies, Blonde Cedar Connector is a short trail that connects Cedar Grove to the east end of Blonde Jeans and the top (south) end of Fruitcake.

Blonde Cedar Connector Trail Starting from Cedar Grove, head northwest down a path that is very bumpy (cow traffic).
Blonde Cedar Connector Trail You will find a split rail fence across the trail about a 1/4 mi from the Cedar Grove. You will have to heave your bike over (it's got a sign indicating no moto access to the Cedars' area).
Blonde Cedar Connector Trail Where the trail drops onto a road, turn left, then hang to the right side of the road.
Blonde Cedar Connector Trail About 50 ft later, take the right path when the trail splits.
Blonde Cedar Connector Trail Enjoy the descent with some fun water bars and an occasional water crossing. The trail ends where Blonde Jeans begins uphill to the left and Fruitcake continues slightly to the right down a rocky section.

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View Trail MapsBlonde Jeans

Blonde Jeans TrailBlonde Jeans is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Blonde Jeans is a fun, not-too-technical trail with a lot of intersections—some of which are easy to ride right past. You will want to keep an eye on your cyclometer mileage and keep these directions with you the first few times you ride this. Blonde Jeans is the preferred way to get from the Cedar Grove (via Blonde Cedar Connector) back to Ridge Rd near the top of Nemesis.

From the Cedar Grove, ride down the Blonde Cedar Connector for 0.4 miles. The road will fork, with a steep climb 90° to the left, and a rocky descent slightly to the right. The climb to the left is Blonde Jeans (see image) and the descent to the right is Fruitcake. Reset your mileage to zero to use the following directions.

  • Blonde Jeans TrailBegin by heading uphill to the left.
  • At 0.3 mi you will reach an intersection. Turn right at the fork, even though the fork to the left looks more established (see image).
  • At 0.5 mi you will have just finished a short gradual descent. Look for a path coming sharply from your left (see image). Take the path to the left.
  • At 0.75 mi the forest canopy opens up. Stay to the right in a large arc that will turn about 120°. Enjoy the shallow water crossing, which usually runs year-round (see image).
  • At 0.83 mi there is another fork. Turn uphill to the left (see image). The trail starts to get a little wider from here onward.
  • At 0.95 mi you may notice a smaller trail from the left merging with the trail/road you are on. Continue straight/right.
  • By 1.15 mi the trail is definitely a wide logging road. Stay on this road until 1.65 mi where it intersects Ridge Rd. Look for the very old, small cabin on the right.
  • At 1.65 mi you will reach Ridge Rd just above the top of Nemesis.

Where to go from here?
From here, if you head west on Ridge Rd, you will see a trail to the left at ~0.1 mi that climbs around a turkey filter. This has a beautiful view from a rock perch. It's a great place to stop and grab a snack.

Blonde Jeans TrailAt 0.15 mi past the end of Blonde Jeans, there is a parking area and a flat road to the left (also with some turkey filters). Nemesis begins down this road, immediately after the turkey filters on the right. Continue down this road for another 0.2 miles where you will see a steep drop to the right. Just prior to this drop, you will find the top of LaFortunes Flight on your right. This trail will take you past another great rock viewpoint (often referred to as the "climbing rocks").

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View Trail MapsCabin Hollow

Cabin Hollow is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Cabin Hollow is an old road which connects the west end of Cave Trail and Meadow Trail to the bottom of Queen Mary's Revenge. It is passable, but be prepared to get wet as it has five creeks to cross and no bridges as of yet.

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View Trail MapsCabin Trail

Cabin TrailCabin Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Cabin Trail is a beautiful, alternative route to riding up to Four Corners on the road. The first part this trail heading up is fairly steep singletrack which crosses a nice log bridge and then flattens out as you near the cabin. Try to avoid using Cabin Trail for descents. We have built an alternate trail to the north called LaFortunes Flight and it's a blast. To find the bottom of LaFortunes Flight, ride up Gemini (or the gravel road) past the bottom of Cabin Trail. Approximately 25 yards before the triangular outhouse, cross the road and climb. LaFortunes Flight will deposit you on the dirt road above Warnick's Cabin. The trail splits just before the dirt road, with the left fork joining up to Jump Trail (which leads you to Ridge Rd). Warnick CabinThe right fork leads you up the mountain toward the climbing rocks at the top of Nemesis Trail. To find LaFortunes Flight when descending, pedal ~25 yards along the dirt road that leads to Cabin Trail, then bear right onto LaFortunes Flight.

If you must go down Cabin Trail, please keep your speed to 15 mph (slow on a bike, trust me) and stop if there is anyone at the cabin, say hello, be social. The landowners are amazing folks who let us cross their property; let's return the favor and descend using LaFortunes Flight whenever possible.

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View Trail MapsCave Trail

Cave TrailCave Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Cave Trail replaces the old "Sand Trail" that was turned into a logging road back in the late 90's. Cave trail is not for novices and will probably frustrate a lot of intermediate riders as well. The middle section of the trail is very technical, but it can be walked by virtually anyone. There are lots of roots and uneven trail surface that will probably have you walking a good portion of that section.

At the east end of North Contour, you are dumped on Meadow Trail—a dirt road about 1/4 mile north of Ridge Rd. Turn left (downhill) onto this road and descend over several fun jumps for about 1/3 mile to Homestead Meadow. Along the way, check out the thrilling sequence of TTF's in this section: a fantastic log ride, a rainbow bridge, a teeter-totter to a square log ride, and another rainbow bridge. If you look carefully when you reach Homestead Meadow, you can still see the old cabin logs on the left.

Cave TrailFollow Meadow Trail straight across Homestead Meadow bearing slightly right and continuing on. Do not drop down the steep motorcycle trail to the hard-right. Continue down the trail and ride over one small water bar, then slow WAY DOWN. Turn right onto the unmarked singletrack about 15 yards after the water bar. If you get to a log jump, you've gone too far.This unmarked singletrack is the start of Cave Trail.

In about 1/4 mile, you’ll come to an old road with a trail in each direction. Continue to the right, with many ups and downs in a generally eastward direction. The trail quickly becomes narrower and more challenging. Cave Trail gets much more difficult before it gets easier, so ride smart.

In order to get around a 50 foot tall cliff, Cave Trail follows a series of descending switchbacks. The surface of the tread alternates between new trail and older, overgrown skid roads. There are narrow, bridge-like log rides, rock gardens, and twisty turns. The skid roads are steep, but in order to keep erosion problems to a minimum—please try not to skid the rear tire. Precise use of your front brake is the best way to control your descent speed, as the use of any rear brake is likely to lock up and won't end up reducing your speed.

The "cave" for which the trail is named will be on your right when you’re on the second bridge. About this point, the hand-crafted singletrack eventually becomes a wider, machine-built trail contouring across a few skid roads. Eventually you’ll drop onto one of these skid roads and abruptly start heading up through a series of short, steepish grunts, interspersed with gentler sections.

Cave Trail pops out onto the middle of Whoop Dee Doo with the red gate at the Dyer Meadow about 1/4 mile uphill to the southeast.

Thanks to all the MAMBA volunteers for providing us with this amazing ride!

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View Trail MapsCedar Grove

Cedar Grove TrailCedar Grove Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Bring along a snack and camera to see some absolutely breathtaking trees! Some are said to be over 800 years old.

Cedar Grove, photo: Rolling HillsTo get to the Cedar Grove Trail trailhead, travel east along the East Ridge Rd toward the Nature Conservancy's gate (look for a green gate to the north of Ridge Rd set off a ways down an old grown-in road). After you pass the green gate, go 1/4 mile farther east and look for a private driveway on the right (south) that climbs steeply (there is a X-C skiers sign up high on a tree on the left). The Cedar Grove trail begins on the north side of Ridge Road across from this driveway. Sometimes there is a Nature Conservancy sign at the trailhead, but it is often vandalized.

Cedar GroveTo find the Cedar Grove Trail from the Tamarack end, bike up Tamarack Road (ignore the giant new logging road that cuts diagonally across Tamarack grade about 2 miles up). At the top, 2.7 miles from the old ski area, go straight on Ridge Rd (the fork to the left goes to East Moscow Mtn Lookout and Wonderpup). Descend gently for about 1/2 mile, whereupon the road flattens. Go about 250 yards. The trailhead is on the right (north) directly across from a driveway which leads to a private residence and climbs very steeply.

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View Trail MapsDonkey Hoh Tea

Donkey Hoh Tea is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Donkey Hoh Tea is a short, unforgiving climb full of sticks, pine cones, and no trees to shade the sun. Donkey Hoh Tea is mostly used to get from Alt Rock to the landing on Rock Creek Rd. Now that Rock & a Hard Place has been expanded, use of this trail has declined.

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View Trail MapsFlipside

Flipside TrailFlipside Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Flipside TrailFlipside begins at an old skid road heading southwest off of Wagon Trail. It’s an uphill grunt with some technical corners that continues all the way to Paradise Point. After visiting Paradise Point, you can return to Wagon Trail either by going back down Flipside or by taking Paradise Trail.


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View Trail MapsFruitcake

Fruitcake TrailFruitcake is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

From Cedar Grove, ride to the end of Blonde Cedar Connector where you will find the trail forks, with a rocky descent slightly to the right and a steep climb 90° to the left. The descent to the right is Fruitcake (see image) and the climb to the left is Blonde Jeans. Ride downhill (north, descending along Hatter Creek) on the dirt doubletrack for 0.15 miles.

At mile 0.15, bear left onto a nicer, shady dirt doubletrack. Climb gradually for about 0.1 mile, then descend to mile 0.4, where you will come to a grassy, low spot.

The trail appears to go straight, but that's a dead end to fake out the moto crowd. Instead, turn HARD right into an area that might appear to be overgrown. Be persistent though, because Fruitcake is right there.

Fruitcake TrailDescend from mile 0.4 to 0.6 in a fun tunnel of greenery, then bear left at 0.6 (if you want a shortcut back to Cedar Grove, turn right at 0.6)

At mile 0.65, see another minor side road on the right. Stay left and descend a few hundred yards into a grassy old homestead meadow.

Hug the left edge of the meadow, where you will find that Fruitcake continues descending, ever more steeply.

At mile 1.1, arrive at a wide dirt road. There is a sweet water hole on the left in the shade. This is Rolls Royce. Turn left to travel on Rolls Royce and end up at Rock Creek Rd in a mile or so. Turn right to continue on Rolls Royce toward Jericho's Wall.

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View Trail MapsGemini

Gemini TrailGemini is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

When you park for Gemini Trail, please park on the long flat stretch of road just after the steep switchback gravel corners. There is a tree with the number 1 painted on it. This is known as the Moscow Mtn Parking area. Park there, due to the lack of room for safe turn around at the actual trailhead. From the Moscow Mtn Parking area, ride up Moscow Mtn Rd (gravel) 0.25 mile, looking on left side of the road for a single green fence post with lots of barbed wire strung across it. The wire is between two pine trees that have No Trespassing signs up high on them to deter motorized users.

This barbed wire fence is the Gemini Trailhead.

Gemini TrailGo around the fence to the right. The trail is obvious.

Pedal 1.3 miles (all distances are from the parking area) on Gemini singletrack, then go around the blue gate. Ride another hundred yards or so, to where the trail descends onto the gravel. This is Moscow Mtn Rd. Gemini Trail continues on the downhill side of the road, just to the left of a small metal culvert.

The singletrack descends for 0.2 mile, then climbs and rolls to mile 2.5. To go to Cabin Trail, bear hard right while descending the off-camber turn that drops you onto Warnick Rd. To continue on Gemini, go straight at mile 2.5 and do not drop onto Warnick Rd.

There is a decrepit A-frame outhouse on your right at mile 2.7. (Don't look down the hole, because rule #1 in mtn biking is that your front tire goes where your eyes go!) To go to LaFortunes Flight, bear a hard right to descend onto Warnick Rd. Head southward down the road and you will come to the Warnick Road Parking Lot and LaFortunes Flight trail head on your right almost immediately.

At mile 2.8 there is a collapsed log cabin at the apex of a hard left switchback. Climb on!

Gemini TrailThe next half mile offers three nice rests on the flatter skid road sections, connected with steeper, new singletrack.

At 3.7 miles from the parking area, Gemini Trail emerges onto Moscow Mtn Rd. Ride DOWNHILL on the gravel for 35 yards, then hike-a-bike up the steep road cut trail on the right. Arrive at Four Corners approximately 4.1 miles from the parking area. An alternative to riding the last 0.4 mile of Gemini singletrack is, when you reach Moscow Mtn Rd, simply turn right and pedal up the gravel to Four Corners.

To ride DOWN Gemini from Four Corners, stand at the blue gate facing uphill. Go toward Four Corners. As you enter the flat area at Four Corners, bear HARD LEFT onto a sweet doubletrack dirt road. This is the upper trailhead for Gemini.


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View Trail MapsHeadwaters

Headwaters BridgeHeadwaters is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Headwaters is about a 5.5 mile loop from the parking area and is most commonly ridden/hiked in the counter-clockwise direction. It is a medium technical trail, so many novice riders could be overly challenged by it. It is a popular ride because of its close proximity to Highway 95.

Ride ¼ mile further up Foothill Rd. You’ll come to a junction of many roads. Stay in the middle road (look for the big blue gate), walk around or under the gate and keep going on that road. Headwaters TrailRide another ¼ mile past the gate to the entrance located on the right side and marked with a white “Headwaters” sign (about 100' past Pond 9). If you do the full Headwaters loop, you’ll exit the trail right about the same place except on the left side of the Foothill Rd.

The trail is pretty easy to follow. However, a few miles in to it, you will pop up at an old road intersection in a clearing with lots of road choices. The first road to your left will take you back to Foothill Rd. The second trail (large hump at the bottom) is a steep, straight climb, eventually going to South Side Trail. The third trail is the one you’ll want to take as it switchbacks up the hillside for another ½ mile (see image). The other two options are going straight on the road (which eventually just peters out) or a road to the right that’s blocked with logs. The trail to the right is on property whose owner does not allow biking/hiking. Please respect their request and privacy.

Headwaters Trail, photo: Rolling HillsIn another 1/2 mile, you will cross another trail (beginning of South Side trail). Head directly across this trail. You'll then enjoy a few downhill switchbacks, followed by eight challenging back-to-back uphill switchbacks. Once you at the top of the switchbacks, the rest of the trail is largely downhill—with just an occasional uphill burst. You’ll be on this section for ~2 miles. The trail drops onto Foothill Rd again when you’re finished with that section.

Turn right and head slightly uphill across the road just a few feet (directly southwest from where you exited) for more singletrack (a Headwaters' sign and a Boy Scout sign are posted at the start of this trail). This section of the trail was built as part of an Eagle Scout project and has been nicknamed Boy Scout Trail. This section is shorter and then you'll be dumped on the main road directly across from where you first started the trail (near Pond 9). Turn right (downhill) to get back to your car.

Alternate Route: Ride the loop clockwise (starting to the left) if you want a tougher workout. It is somewhat easier to ride counter-clockwise.


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View Trail MapsHey Noose

Hey Noose is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Associationwith Moose Marbles-Hey Noose instersection, photo: Rolling Hillsthe consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic.Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

From the top of Headwaters, ride South Side Trail to the bottom of Moose Marbles.

Pedal up Moose Marbles 0.35 mile.

Approximately 60 yards before Moose Marbles temporarily flattens out on the ridge, turn left onto a gently descending singletrack. There are some small rocks placed strategically near the entrance that you can ride over.

Descend less than 0.1 mile, where Hey Noose will cross a grassy logging road.

Hey NooseThere is a short log ride bridge onto the road, but you can bypass it on the right.

Drop off the wide road onto the VERY steep section of Hey Noose.

Please get your derriere (that's French for "butt") WAY BACK over the rear tire, in order to avoid skidding on the steep pitch.

Hey Noose ends at South Side Trail, approximately 0.3 mile east of the top of Headwaters Trail.


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View Trail MapsJack's Route

Jack's Route is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Jack's Route w/ Rocko, photo: Rolling HillsJack's Route is used to get from South Side trail to Switchblade and was built after the original South Side was reinstated as a logging road.

To begin Jack's Route, take the singletrack trail on the right at the end of South Side trail.

  • Continue on the singletrack for about 0.6 miles and then you will get to a set of tight uphill switchbacks. These were added to allow us to stay off a particular corner of property, but should provide a fun challenge for most riders.
  • After the switchbacks, you will return to the old trail bed again. You may see an overgrown trail to your left which is abandoned now.
  • About 0.3 miles beyond the overgrown trail, you will reach a switchback which is the end of Jack's Route and the beginning of the lower end of Switchblade.

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View Trail MapsJericho's Wall

Jericho's Wall is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Jerichos Wall TrailJericho's Wall begins at the bottom of Fruitcake. You can get here by riding down (north) Fruitcake, or by riding out Rolls Royce (east) from Rock Creek Rd.

Jericho's Wall is the craziest, sloppiest, nastiest climb of all the MAMBA trails. If you think you are interested in riding this trail, you should probably have your head examined first. Assuming you pass the exam, here is what you can expect for this short, diabolical route.

Heading east along the road at the bottom of Fruitcake, continue for about 0.2 miles, looking for a smaller road forking uphill to the right. Turn right and continue on a mild, pleasant grassy/mossy road for about 0.5 mi. Jerichos Wall TrailHere you will see a steep trail on your right. This trail would connect you back to Fruitcake. Continue straight for another 0.1 miles where you will see the road turn to the left. The left branch will eventually take you out to Hatter Creek Rd. Continue straight, where the path starts climbing. When dry, the ground is firm with lots of traction. When wet, the clay surface becomes like an inclined ice rink. In another 0.1 mi, you will encounter a beautiful water crossing. Take some time to take this serenity in, as it may be the last pleasant thing you do on this ride. Cross the stream and prepare to meet your doom. The next 0.15 miles of trail is the worst we have to offer. It has boulders, loose clay climbs, and baby head rocks. I'm pretty sure there are angry yeti in that neck of the woods too. After 0.15 miles of nasty trail, you will intersect the upper end of Fruitcake. You can choose to admit defeat and ride back down Fruitcake, or continue uphill where you will reach Blonde Jeans and the Blonde-Cedar Connector.

Alternatively, if you find the menacing section of trial too difficult, immediately after the water crossing take the trail to your right. This will take you to the middle of Fruitcake, above the worst part of the climb on that trail.


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View Trail MapsJump Trail

Jump TrailJump Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Jump Trail is an old logging road that hasn't been used for logging in many years. Just past the Warnick Cabin, take a left on a road and continue for about 1/4 mile, looking for a singletrack on your right after the second corner. Follow the trail uphill for about 100 yards, then bear right after the berm. Jump TrailContinue up this trail, and stay to the left at the first intersection. Soon another trail will come up on your left that goes downhill. Ignore it. It is an alternate way back to Warnick Rd that is very steep and eroded. Keep straight and the trail will lead you to Ridge Rd, about 1/2 mile east of Four Corners. The trail ends with three large Turkey Filters that have been designed to keep motorized use off the trail. Directly across Ridge Rd to the north you will see Up & Over ascending on the left, and Lickity Split descending on the right. Also, on the same side of Ridge Rd as Jump Trail (south) and about 25 yards to the east, you will find the entrance to Nemesis. You can also ride Ridge Rd to the west to get to the Four Corners area.


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View Trail MapsLaFortunes Flight

LaFortunes Flight Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

LaFortunes FlightTrail Description:
From the Warnick Rd Parking Area, enter the trail to the right side of the road and pedal uphill. At about 3/4 mile there will be a fork in the trail. The left fork takes you to the bottom of Jump trail. The right fork continues on LaFortunes Flight. Shortly after this fork you will cross a road that is just above the Warnick Cabin. About 1/4 mile after crossing the road, you will come to another fork in the trail. The fork to the right is the top of Private Lands. LaFortunes Flight continues uphill on the left fork. The trail switchbacks up a fairly steep grade on Moscow Mountain, occasionally popping out into recently logged areas to provide gorgeous views of Moscow and the Palouse. As you get near the highest point of the trail, you will intersect a logging road. LaFortunes Flight, photo: Rolling HillsTurn left to continue the last leg of LaFortunes Flight, which takes you past the climbing rocks, and eventually ends at the top of Nemesis. Alternatively, if you ride the logging road you will rejoin Ridge Rd. in about 300 ft, just east of Blonde Jeans.

LaFortune Name:
LaFortunes Flight is named after Jim LaFortune who was the founding member of MAMBA. Back in 1995, Jim wrote and published the Mountain Bike Guide To Hog Heaven which helped grow a strong community of Mountain Bikers in this area. Jim died Nov 12, 2010 following a 14-month battle with brain cancer. LaFortunes Flight was completed in August 2010 and Jim was able to lead an emotional group ride to the top and back.

Jim LaFortuneJim's legacy lives on in the trails created for his and other's enjoyment. Without his vision and persistent efforts working with private landowners to enhance our local singletrack opportunities, we would not have access to the inner beauty (and convenience) of Moscow Mountain via the fantastic trail network in existence today. He was an amazing person whose love for the outdoors continues to give us all a gift.

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View Trail MapsLickity Split

Lickity Split TrailLickity Split Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Lickity Split is a short trail (~1 mile) constructed over two weekends by a shotgun crew of three people. It begins just across Ridge Road from the top of Jump Trail. Of the two trail options, Lickity Split is the descending trail on the right. It is an alternative means of getting from the Four Corners parking area (intersection of Ridge Road and Rock Creek Road) to Dyer Meadow (just north of Four Corners). It ends up near the same location as Sidewinder. Typically this trail would only be ridden in the north direction (downhill) as there are a few steep climbs that would not be enjoyable riding uphill.

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View Trail MapsMeadow Trail

Meadow Trail TTFMeadow Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Meadow Trail is an old road that begins just across Ridge Road from Upper Tusk and heads down toward the north. About ¼ mile down, you will see where North Contour T's with Meadow Trail on your left. Continue downhill and descend over several fun jumps.

About 1/2 way down, there's a fantastic log ride (equally good in both directions) and a berm to a little jump off the corner. This is followed by another berm offthe other side, then to pure bliss. There's a rainbow bridge, followed by a teeter-totter that drops onto a square log ride. Meadow Trail TTFAfter all that, you get another rainbow bridge and you're back on Meadow Trail. Thanks goes out to Jeremy Pinto, Rhonda Pinto, and Troy Hensiek for constructing the coolest sequence of TTF's we've had on the Mountain (TTF->Technical Trail Features). Definitely go out and play on these!!

After playing on the TTFs, continue down to Homestead Meadow. If you look carefully, you can still see the old cabin logs on the left. Follow the trail straight across Homestead Meadow, bearing slightly right to reach Cave Trail or to continue even further down the hill to Sand Boulevard. If you go left at the bottom of the meadow you will find Cabin Hollow trail to take you over to Queen Mary's Revenge and Swoosh Trail.

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View Trail MapsMoose Marbles

Moose MarblesMoose Marbles is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Moose Marbles is a serpentine trail that winds up a ridge—crossing and re-crossing an old logging road that is starting to erode. About ¼ mile after Southside ends and Jack's Route begins (going from west to east), you will cross an old logging road. Moose Marbles starts just after that on your left.

Moose MarblesHey Noose takes off to the left about one mile after you start climbing. After another half mile or so, you will see Wagon Trail heading off to the left. Just after that, you will T into Switchblade. Go left up Switchblade to get to Paradise Point or go right on Switchblade down an old logging road to head towards the east end of Jack's Route.

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View Trail MapsNemesis

Nemesis, Photo by ChuckNemesis is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

To get to Nemesis, drive to Four Corners and take a right towards Rock Creek Rd. Park in the open area at the intersection of Rock Creek Rd and Ridge Rd. Hike up Ridge Rd. about 100' where the next intersection is.To your right, there should be a pile of large rocks. This is the trailhead to Nemesis. The trail itself is a little less than 2 miles in length.

Nemesis TrailThere's a great rock lookout about 1/3 the way into the trail where you can see much of Moscow. The last 1/2 of trail winds around through several enormous cedar trees. There are many switchbacks, but they're less challenging and with larger spacing than the switchbacks on Headwaters.The trail ends on the short road going to the climbing rocks. Follow this road ~150' to the left (north), through the Turkey Filters and you'll find yourself on Ridge Rd again.

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View Trail MapsNemesis Landing

Nemesis Landing TrailNemesis Landing Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

To get to Nemesis Landing, begin at the parking area at the top of Nemesis looking west down Ridge Rd. You should see an old road with a blue gate across it, and a trail heading uphill to the right through the trees. Nemesis Landing TrailThe trail through the trees is a short bypass around the blue gate (if you don't feel like ducking under it). Continue northwest down this road. About 1/4 mi in you will notice a road coming in at your right. Continue past this road another 1/10th of a mi. Here you will see a big pile of debris blocking the original route, and a road heading to the right. Turn to the right and head slightly uphill for just over 1/4 mi. You will merge with another road. Turn sharply to the left and head downhill. In about 3/4 mi, you will reach the landing on Rock Creek Rd with Donkey Hoh Tea starting on the other side.

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North Contour TrailNorth Contour is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

North Contour is one of the most popular of all mountain biking trails on Moscow Mountain. It is a swoopy and smooth singletrack built on an old section of logging skid road that is rideable by virtually all skill levels and is enjoyed by novices to advanced riders. It is short, but worth a frequent visit as part of your trail ride. Like all trails on Moscow Mountain, at the request of land owners, two-way traffic is often present so ride accordingly.

To get to North Contour, begin at Four Corners (intersection of Moscow Mountain Road and Foothill Road) and head west up Ridge Road (a.k.a. Foothill Road).The trailhead is about 1.25 miles from Four Corners. About 0.5 miles from Four Corners, you will see a small road with a blue gate off to the right which is the start of Meadow Trail. Continue on Ridge Road to get to the west end of North Contour. As you ride Ridge Road, you may be able to see North Contour through the trees down the north side. North Contour TrailAs you get closer to the west trailhead, the trees on the right get thinner. Look for a soft drop to the right off of the road heading back toward the direction you just came from. Enjoy a mile of beautiful singletrack. At the end of the trail, you will arrive at an old road which is Meadow Trail. Turn right to head back to Ridge Road/Four Corners. In about 1/4 mile, you will reach the blue gate you passed on Ridge Road. Turn left to continue down Meadow Trail to either Cabin Hollow, Cave Trail, or Sand Boulevard.

Several other trails exist around this location. Advanced riders will enjoy continuing on Cave Trail back to Four Corners. More novice riders will enjoy a trip out to Paradise Point and the Radio Towers prior to heading down North Contour.

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View Trail MapsOver Easy

Over Easy is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Over Easy TrailOver Easy is a self-contained loop of about 5.5 miles on overgrown skid roads north of Four Corners and Sand Boulevard. It is a non-technical ride that would be an ideal novice loop if it was closer to a parking area, but it is a bit of a grunt to climb back up to Ridge Road. Suggestion: be strong enough to complete a two hour (total length) ride before you descend into Over Easy.

Here's how to find Over Easy: from the main crossroads at Four Corners, head west on Ridge Road (toward North Contour). The big flat area at Four Corners narrows to a one lane dirt road. About 30 yards after it narrows, turn off to the right and go down Lower Tusk—look for a singletrack approximately 5 yards off the road. Pedal about 1/4 mile. Just before the wooden bridge that spans a fallen log, look over your right shoulder for the hidden entrance to Sidewinder trail. This singletrack leads you about 2/3 mile to Dyer Meadow at the west end of Rock and a Hard Place.

From Dyer Meadow, go north through the red gate and head down Whoop Dee Doo for about 1/2 mile to Sand Boulevard. Turn right and ride about 0.3 mile to an open, white sandy area. Bear left in a sweeping, descending turn to begin Over Easy. The first half mile of Over Easy is a logging road. Approximately 0.5 mile after leaving Sand Boulevard, come to a Y-junction. Bear right (the logging road continues to the left; you'll be returning on the left fork). Enjoy the next 1.6 miles of swooping, gradual downhill—most of which is remarkably smooth.

Over EasyThe most important junction is at approximately mile 2.1, about 50 yards after the overgrown skid road changes character to a more recently bulldozed road. The change is subtle, so pay attention. Turn hard left onto a descending road, which is often a bit overgrown. You'll know you've made the correct left turn if there's a wooden rail fence next to this road. Descend briefly, cross a small stream, climb steeply for about 100 yards, then bear left as you pop out on top.

Climb less steeply, with some rolling sections, for the about 2 miles. Somewhere in this section, the singletrack becomes a road....simply stay on the main road. The only turn to worry about comes when you bear right, headed back toward Sand Boulevard on the same road you down rode at the beginning of Over Easy.

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View Trail MapsParadise Trail

Paradise TrailParadise Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Paradise Trail is an uphill grunt with some technical corners that has a couple of unique and interesting rock features as it takes you from Wagon Trail to the breathtaking Paradise Point. To access this trail coming from the east, ride Wagon Trail for about 300 feet. From there, you will see Paradise Trail veer off to the left up an old skid trail. After visiting Paradise Point, you can return to Wagon Trail either by going back down Paradise Trail or by heading northwest on Flipside.

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Private Lands Trail, photo: Aly Bean

Private Lands is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Private Lands TrailWhen you park for Private Lands, please park on the long flat stretch of road just after the steep switchback gravel corners. There is a tree with the number 1 painted on it. This is known as the Moscow Mtn Parking area. Park there, due to the lack of room for safe turn around at the actual trailhead. From the Moscow Mtn Parking area, ride up Moscow Mtn Rd (gravel) 0.25 mile, looking on right side of the road for the Private Lands which is directly across from the trailhead for Gemini. Private Lands is a great singletrack route that connects to LaFortunes Flight just above the Warnick Cabin. The route is relatively easy to follow and has many great bridges and awesome views of Moscow and the East/West Twins. The trail cuts in and out of some recently logged hillside and through some lush wet cedar forest. Along the way, it crosses several logging roads. If you come to a road, look across it for the trail to continue on the other side.

Private Lands TrailAbout 3.75 mi after you begin, you will reach the middle of LaFortunes Flight.You can continue up LaFortunes Flight for another 2 miles, bringing you to other trails like Nemesis and Blonde Jeans. Alternatively, you can ride down LaFortunes Flight with the option to continue up the mountain via Jump Trail. At the bottom of LaFortunes Flight, you can take Gemini either uphill to Four Corners, or downhill back towards the Moscow Mtn Rd Parking area.

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View Trail MapsQueen Mary's Revenge

Queen Mary's Revenge

Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR) is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Queen Mary's RevengeThis black diamond trail is built on the steep terrain of a 40 acre parcel. Trail building for Queen Mary's Revenge started in 2013 and continues today. Building the QMR trail (nearly 5 miles when finished) has been hard going—requiring quite a few switchbacks and bridges. However, what makes it hard to build also makes it gorgeous. Rock formations, creek crossings, steep slopes, and large cedars all combine to make it a very special trail. When complete, we will have about 25,000ft of new singletrack!

Queen Mary's Revenge is located on the east end of Triple Crown just below the start of the "third crown". Heading east on Triple Crown, go up a steep singletrack and, when it levels off, enter an old landing (looks like a meadow now). Instead of turning right to head up the old logging road, turn left to head down. Go about 400 feet down the old road past a yellow gate. There, QMR takes off to your right. The bottom end of Queen Mary's Revenge connects to Cabin Hollow and another old road system. Cabin Hollow will take you to Meadow Trail. The old road system will take you back to the west end of Triple Crown.

Queen Mary's Revenge, photo by James RiserFUTURE PLANS
The owners of property adjacent to the 40 acre parcel containing Queen Mary's Revenge (QMR) have graciously agreed to let us extend the trail part of Triple Crown down the ridge to the start of QMR. We will also be able to come back up their property from QMR to the west end of North Contour—making a loop out of QMR. If riders wish to skip QMR completely, they will be able to go across and up from Triple Crown to North Contour without returning to the road.

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East Moscow Mountain Lookout, photo: Rolling Hills

Ridge Rd to East Moscow Mountain Lookout is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

East Moscow Mountain Lookout (shown above) is a must see destination any time you're headed to that side of the mountain. This got its name from old lookout was at the top of Tamarak ski hill (closed in the early 90's). The location offers spectacular views in all directions.

Ridge Rd East, photo: Rolling HillsHead east from Four Corners on Ridge Rd (Foothill Rd). When you get to the Rock Creek Rd intersection at Four Corners' parking area, continue east on Ridge Rd. It will climb steeply for the first 0.75 miles. (Advanced riders will prefer to ride Nemesis, which joins Ridge Rd at the top of this climb.) About 1/8 mile after this climb, stay right at the Y (Blonde Jeans is to the left). About 1/2 mile after the climb, stay left at the Y (blue gate to the right). Another way to remember...head uphill for the first two Y's. The road continues a gradual climb for the next 1/2 mile, then has a gradual descent for another 1/2 mile. At this point, there will be an uphill driveway on your right and the parking area for the Cedar Grove on your left. Continue past these for another 1/2 mile where there will be a blue gate and a long sweeping corner to your right. Take the sweeping corner to your right and ride up this road—staying right at the intersection ~1/3 mile later as well. East Moscow Mountain Lookout, photo by Rolling HillsThis will lead you to the East Moscow Mountain Lookout about 3/4 mile later. Have a seat on the rocks and enjoy the breathtaking view and cool breeze!

This ride is all on doubletrack so is great for "fit" novices. For some extra fun, take Wonderpup on your way back. If you know your way around, continue onto Cedar Grove trail, Blonde Cedar Connector, and Blonde Jeans before returning to Four Corners.

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Ridge Rd West

Ridge Rd WestRidge Rd is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Paradise Pt is a must see destination any time you're headed that direction. From Four Corners, most novice riders can make it there and it's a great place for a break, taking in the views, and maybe have a snack (please pick up your wrappers though!).

To get to the trailhead, go west from Four Corners on Ridge Rd (Foothill Rd). It will climb gradually for the first 1.5 miles. Continue slightly downhill for the next 1/2 mile until you're in much more of an opening. Look for a small trail off the left side near the end of the clearing. The trail has been opened up into more of a road recently, but is still rideable...just not as technical as it used to be. The trail gains in elevation all the way to the top (~1/4 mile). When you reach the top, look for a large pile of rocks to your left. This is Paradise Pt. Have a seat on the rocks and enjoy the breathtaking view and cool breeze.

If you know your way around, the path that continues to the west will eventually get you over to Headwaters...but if you don't know the way, you'll probably get lost trying it on your own. If you head back the way you came up, be sure to hit North Contour and Upper and Lower Tusks on route to Four Corners.

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Rock & a Hard Place

Rock and a Hard Place,  photo: Dave Peckham

Rock & a Hard Place is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

The west end of Rock & a Hard Place is at Dyer Meadow. To get here, ride down either Sidewinder or Lickity Split. Once in Dyer Meadow and looking north at the red gate, you will see two overgrown skid roads to the east. Rock and a Hard Place,  photo: Martin TrailRock & a Hard Place is the one along the fence line, while Lickity Split is the other. Follow this overgrown skid road ~2/3 mile where it will end with an abrupt rock/dirt face to climb. From there, it's all singletrack through a somewhat-recently logged wonderland.

At about 3/4 mile, you will have the option to leave the single track trail to the left and join Alt Rock. To continue on Rock & a Hard Place, stay to the right and enjoy the beautiful views created by an old clear-cut. The top of the trail joins Lickity Split near the Four Corners parking area.

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Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce TrailRolls Royce is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Rolls Royce can be used to connect the bottom of Fruitcake to Rock Creek Rd. The west half of Rolls Royce is an active logging road. At the bottom of Fruitcake, turn west (left) where you will soon climb a short steep hill. Once at the top, follow the main road all the way downhill to the blue gate at Rock Creek Rd. An alternative to riding up Rock Creek Rd is to jump on Sand Blvd located across and slightly downhill on Rock Creek Rd. Take Sand Blvd., Alt Rock, and half of Rock & Hard Place to get back to Four Corners.

Rolls Royce Trail

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Sand Boulevard

Sand Boulevard is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Sand Boulevard TrailSand Boulevard is the lower part of the sweet singletrack previously known as Sand Trail (reference Hog Heaven Guide). The west end begins at the bottom of Meadow Trail. An alternate route is to ride the first 1/4 mile of Cave Trail, then drop down an old skid road to the left which connects to Sand Blvd. Sand Blvd can be used to bypass most of Cave Trail. You can connect back to the climb on the east end of Cave Trail about 0.7 mi later. If you choose to stay on Sand Blvd, at about 1 mi from the start, you will come to an intersection with Whoop Dee Doo heading uphill to the right. About 1/4 mi later you'll come to a large sandy intersection. The start of Over Easy is downhill to the left, while Sand Blvd continues to the right. Sand Boulevard TrailAbout 1 mi later, if you look behind you and to the right, you'll see the entrance to Alt Rock. If you continue on Sand Blvd, you will reach Rock Creek Rd about 1 mi later.

From the end of Sand Blvd, you're only options back to Four Corners include some steep climbs. You can ride Rock Creek Rd which is covered in gravel and quite steep for the next 0.6 mi. Alternatively, you can ride Rolls Royce, then climb (quite steeply) up Fruitcake (hence the name), and continue on Blonde Jeans and Nemesis back to Four Corners.

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View Trail MapsSidewinder

Sidewinder TrailSidewinder is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Sidewinder used to be named Cave Connector, but was renamed in 2016 to help reduce confusion between it and Cave Trail. Sidewinder is the preferred route from Dyer Meadow to Four Corners. Five MAMBA trails feed into/out-of Dyer Meadow: Cave Trail, Lickity Split, Sidewinder, Rock & a Hard Place, & Whoop DeeDoo.

From Dyer Meadow, head southwest on the main road for about 50 yds and look for the hidden trailhead descending to the right into a lush forested region. Sidewinder is a combination of highly grown-in road bed, and hand-built singletrack, with some technical switch backs and climbs scattered throughout. The end of Sidewinder joins Lower Tusk. Take Lower Tusk to the left to go to Four Corners. Lower Tusk to the right has been impacted by logging, but is rideable and ascends up a short, steep, loose climb back to Ridge Road just before the entrance to Upper Tusk.

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View Trail MapsSouth Side

Southside TrailSouth Side is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

South Side used to connect to Ridge Rd (and technically still does), but is now most commonly accessed from the middle of Headwaters trail. To get to the beginning of South Side, head counterclockwise on Headwaters up to the first landing (see image). Continue ~0.3 miles up Headwaters where you cross another trail (see image).This is the lower end of South Side.

Southside Trail, photo: Rolling HillsTurn right off of Headwaters onto South Side. Continue 0.1 mile and veer right when you meet a larger dirt road (Velo Rd). Note: Going left on either Velo Rd or the singletrack on the left side of the road take you back to Ridge Rd.

  • About 100’ down Velo Rd, look for South Side to continue off the right side of the road.
  • About 0.2 mile (and a little climb) later you will hit Velo Rd again. Stay to the right. Note: You will see the bottom of Hey Noose on the left side of the road.
  • About 0.3 mile later, there is a large road going uphill to the left. Continue to the right.
  • About 0.1 mile later, South Side ends at an intersection. To begin Moose Marbles, stay on the main road/trail to the left. To begin Jack's Route, take the singletrack trail on the right.

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View Trail MapsSwitchblade

Switchblade TrailSwitchblade Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Switchblade can be used as a route between Paradise Point and Headwaters. Traveling down Switchblade from east to west, enjoy many switchbacks that cross an old abandoned eroded logging road over and over. The trail eventually drops you on the east end of Jack's Route.

A great loop is to take Switchblade to Paradise Point, then head east on Paradise Trail and when you drop down to Wagon Trail, head west to Moose Marbles. Either direction, up Switchblade and down Moose Marble or up Moose Marbles and down Switchblade, is equally fun.

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View Trail MapsSwoosh

Swoosh is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Swoosh has the best views looking north and northwest of about any place on the mountain. Because it goes through old logging, there are lots of flowers during the spring and early summer. It is a "not-so-old" logging road and thus, a nice easy ride for in-shape beginners and intermediate riders—yes, there will be some vertical climbing coming back up whether a person comes back via Swoosh, Queen Mary's Revenge, or Cabin Hollow/Meadow Trail.

A person who wants the flavor of the mountain without riding technical terrain, can get to Swoosh by taking Ridge Rd West to the west end of Triple Crown and then riding down it until reaching Swoosh which Y's off to the left. After a nice long ride down Swoosh, you may extend the ride by heading up Queen Mary’s Revenge (QMR), turning off at Cabin Hollow, riding onto Meadow Trail, and then taking Sand Trail out to Rock Creek Rd.

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View Trail MapsTarter's LoopTarter's Loop, by Dave Peckham

Tarter's Loop is located on Private Land. These trails were built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Moscow Mountain, photo: Rolling HillsTarter's Loop is named after Jim Tarter. He was an active MAMBA member—always helping to build trails. He was also an active trail bike rider, trail hiker, and winter skier on Moscow Mtn. He died from a brain aneurism in 2011 just as he was about to leave to go ride the trails. Jim Tarter helped build most of the trails in this challenging 12.7 mile loop containing approximately 2326' of vertical climb.

Private Lands TrailPrivate Lands
Drive up Moscow Mtn Rd and park on the long flat stretch of road just after the steep switchback gravel corners. There is a tree with the number 1 painted on it. This is known as the Moscow Mtn Parking Area. Park there, due to the lack of room for safe turn around at the actual trailhead. Ride up Moscow Mtn Rd (gravel) 0.25 mile, looking on right side of the road for Private Lands which is directly across from the trailhead for Gemini. Private Lands is a great singletrack which is relatively easy to follow and has many great bridges and awesome views of Moscow and the East/West Twins. The trail cuts in and out of some recently logged hillside and through some lush wet cedar forest. Along the way, it crosses several logging roads. If you come to a road, look across it for the trail to continue on the other side. About 3.75 mi after you begin, you will reach the middle of LaFortunes Flight.

LaFortunes Flight—top section
LaFortunes FlightTurn right and continue up LaFortunes Flight for another 2 miles. The trail switchbacks up a fairly steep grade on Moscow Mountain, occasionally popping out into recently logged areas to provide gorgeous views of Moscow and the Palouse. As you get near the highest point of the trail, you will intersect a logging road. Turn left to continue the last leg of LaFortunes Flight, which takes you past the climbing rocks, and eventually ends at the top of Nemesis (down the hill on your left before you reach the Turkey Filters and Ridge Rd.

NemesisNemesis
Nemesis is a little less than 2 miles in length. As you head down, you will notice that the trail winds around through several enormous cedar trees. There are many switchbacks, but they're less challenging and with larger spacing than the switchbacks on Headwaters. There's a great rock lookout about 2/3 the way down the trail where you can see much of Moscow.

Rock & a Hard Place
After exiting Nemesis, head left down to Four Corners parking lot.Across from the parking lot on the north side of Ridge Rd, find a trail heading down which is called Lickity Split. Rock and a Hard Place,  photo: Martin TrailAlmost immediately, you will see another trail heading off to your right. Take this trail. You are now on Rock & a Hard Place. Enjoy beautiful views created by an old clear-cut as you head down a singletrack through a somewhat-recently logged wonderland. At about 1 mile, you will pass Alt Rock heading off to the right. Continue on Rock & a Hard Place where you will come to an abrupt rock/dirt face sharply descending onto an overgrown skid road. Take the skid road to the left for ~2/3 mile to get to Dyer Meadow.

Sidewinder Trail, photo by Aly BeanSidewinder
From Dyer Meadow, head southwest on the main road for about 50 yds and look for a hidden trailhead descending to the right into a lush forested region.Sidewinder is a combination of highly grown-in road bed, and hand-built singletrack, with some technical switchbacks and climbs scattered throughout. The end of Sidewinder Ts into Lower Tusk.

Lower Tusk
Head left on Lower Tusk for about 3/4 mile and then ascend to Ridge Road. Head for Four Corners clearing which will be about 100' to your left down the road.

Gemini
As you enter the flat area at Four Corners, bear HARD RIGHT onto a sweet doubletrack dirt road. This is the upper trailhead for Gemini. At 0.4 miles from Four Corners, Gemini goes down a steep road cut trail and emerges onto Moscow Mtn Rd. Gemini TrailRide UPHILL on the gravel for 35 yards, then head right down singletrack. The next half mile offers three nice rests on the flatter skid road sections, connected with steeper, singletrack. Continue down the singletrack and you will eventually ascend back onto Moscow Mtn Rd. Ride another 100 yards and go around a blue gate to continue on the trail. You will eventually drop down onto Moscow Mtn Rd. Turn right to head down the road for 0.25 mile to return to the parking area.

Advanced Tarter's Loop
Tarter's Loop, by Dave PeckhamPrivate Lands > LaFortunes Flight—top section > Nemesis > Rock & a Hard Place > Sidewinder > Lower Tusk > Gemini

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Triple Crown TrailTriple Crown is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Triple Crown consists of three short, interconnected loops off the north side of Ridge Road near West Twin.

Begin at Four Corners and head west. Ride up Ridge Road toward Paradise Point. After passing the gate on the way to Paradise Point, look for an over grown dirt road descending to the right. This is the entrance to the West Crown. Turkey Filters (huge dirt piles to keep motorized vehicles out) block the entrance, but mountain bikers are allowed to ride there. When you come to a new logging road, temptation is to turn to the first right, but just continue straight on the road (bearing neither left or right) and you’ll be back on singletrack in no time. To head back to Ridge Road after completing the West Crown, just keep heading uphill and you’ll hit it eventually. If you decide to ride Middle Crown, look for a singletrack descending on the left during the climb back to Ridge Road.

The Middle Crown starts with a singletrack descent that has a small water crossing at the bottom. As you emerge from the singletrack, you will find a clearing with logging roads downhill and uphill. Turn uphill (to the right) on the main road to keep going on Triple Crown. Triple Crown TrailIf you intend to do the East Crown, take your first left after heading up hill a bit. If you're heading back to Ridge Road, just keep heading uphill. If you go to the downhill road, you will reach a yellow gate. Past that gate, about 4-500 hundred feet, Queen Mary's Revenge heads off downhill to your right.

To continue to the East Crown, take the first left off the uphill road at the end of Middle Crown. About 75 yards later, you'll come to another intersection of skid roads. Take the one going downhill with a slight curve to it. After a few turns you should find yourself going by an old dwelling. Right about there you start heading uphill again. You'll pass an outhouse and then enjoy another 75 yards of uphill. There's a small turkey filter at the top—making it an extra challenge. You will come to another landing/intersection at the top. Take the road that's on the left and you'll find yourself on Ridge Road again about 50 yards from the beginning of North Contour.

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View Trail MapsThe Tusks (Lower & Upper)

The Tusk Trails are located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Lower TuskAn alternative to riding west on Ridge Road from Four Corners is a small trail called Lower Tusk. It is named for the alder that has grown out from the bank in the shape of an elephant's tusk. To find the trailhead, go west on Ridge Road from Four Corners. About 100' from the main clearing, look for a small opening in the brush on your right that drops fairly steep. You will want to walk the first part. From here, the trail is pretty self-explanatory. About 3/4 mile along the trail (where trail opens up due to recent logging), you will see the west end of Sidewinder on the right. After this, the trail ascends up a short, steep, loose climb back to Ridge Road. About 50' to the west on the left side of the trail is the entrance to Upper Tusk.

Along with Lower Tusk, Upper Tusk provides an alternative to riding Ridge Road when heading west from Four Corners. If you didn't take Lower Tusk, head west on Ridge Road from Four Corners for about 0.2 miles. Upper TuskLook for a trail off the left side going slightly uphill. This is the entrance to Upper Tusk. The trail is pretty well defined and just contours Ridge Road on an old logging road. The majority of the trail is quite easy, but the end will probably be walked by most novices. It drops steeply back on to Ridge Road. Directly across from the trail end is a blue gate that begins Meadow Trail. Ridge Road will be on your right and left.

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Up & Over Trail Entrance (north end)Up & Over is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Just across Ridge Road from the top of Jump Trail is Up & Over. Of the two trail options, Up & Over is the ascending trail on the left side. It is an alternate singletrack route to Four Corners. There is a steep climb with rutted switchbacks. Nice view to the north at the top. The descent to Four Corners has some nice jumps. The trail is less than 1/2 mile long.

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View Trail MapsWagon Trail

Wagon Trail, photo: Rolling HillsWagon Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Starting on the uphill trail heading east of Paradise Point, Wagon Trail begins about 100' up the trail off the right side. After about 0.3 mile, you come to an old skid road. Wagon Trail continues across this road (and slightly to the right) for another 0.2 mile of winding downhill and finally ends at Moose Marbles. Wagon Trail, photo: Rolling HillsIf you're riding up Moose Marbles, you'll come to a second junction to the left that is Wagon Trail. Go a bit further and you will T into Switchblade. Turn left to go up to Paradise Point or right for a great ride down to Jack's Route.

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View Trail MapsWhoop Dee Doo

Whoop Dee Doo is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Private Lands TrailIf you're looking for a fun, fast decent with some perfect jumping water bars, Whoop Dee Doo is for you! You'll have so much fun going down, you'll forget you have to ride back out. Starting at the Dyer Meadow (Sidewinder, Lickity Split, and Rock & a Hard Place intersection), go past the red gate and head downhill on doubletrack. The east end of Cave Trail starts about 1/4 mi down Whoop Dee Doo on your left. Whoop Dee Doo continues downhill for another 1/4 mi where it intersects Sand Blvd. Whoop Dee Doo is commonly used to get from Four Corners down to Over Easy. From the end of Whoop Dee Doo, take a right on Sand Blvd for about a 1/4 mi, then head downhill, and to the left at the big sandy intersection to get to Over Easy.

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View Trail MapsWonderpup

Wonderpup Trail is located on Private Land. This trail was built by the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association with the consent of private landowners for the enjoyment of ALL non-motorized traffic. Please be considerate of the landowner and other users of the trail by treading lightly. More on Trail Etiquette...

Wonderpup Trail, photo: Rolling HillsWonderpup is a smaller, cuter, and clumsier version of Wonderdog (which is gone due to logging). From the view at the sign on East Moscow Mountain Lookout, head up the rock pile 50 ft to your right. Gradually descend for about 300 ft, staying to the left side, look for a singletrack that winds down through the pine trees. The first 0.6 mi is all singletrack which descends (steep at times) through lush, green, ground covered forest. When you drop onto the doubletrack, turn right and gradually climb for about 0.3 mi. Just before you reach Ridge Rd, look for a short bypass dropping (free falling?) to the left which will take you around the brush pile used to keep motorized vehicles off the doubletrack. Wonderpup joins Ridge Rd about 200 ft east of the Cedar Grove trail.

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