Black Canyon Route
ElevationAscent: 437' 133 m
Descent: -437' -133 m
High: 5,576' 1,700 m
Low: 5,139' 1,566 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
“A short unmarked route through an old Indian village.”— Jim Jones
This route starts from a well-graded dirt road just east of Howe, it quickly goes to a singletrack and fades by the end of the canyon. But, you won't notice or care much because the canyon walls on either side are full of small caves. Some of the caves are easy to reach and are full of old smoke rings that are remnants to a time when they were occupied long ago. Exploring all of them will take most of a day.
The route is easy but there isn't a lot of shade, so it's best to do this in the spring or fall.
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Land Manager: BLM Idaho - Upper Snake Field Office