Backpacker Magazine Jackson, WY: Cache Creek to Game Creek Loop 

A favorite route among locals, this 20.7-mile mountain bike loop winds past Cache Creek and Game Creek, revealing views of the Gros Ventre Range and the Snake River Valley.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 11 Jun 2008 12:06:24 AM
Activity: Mountain Biking
State: Wyoming (WY)
Distance: 20.79 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 3111 ft
Total Loss: 3111 ft
Net Change: 0 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
USGS Topo Map: Jackson, Cache Creek
Tags: Gros Ventre Range, Jackson, Teton National Forest, Wyoming
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

This popular mountain bike loop starts in Jackson and winds southeast for 2.5 miles to the Cache Creek trailhead. From here, you’ll ride up Cache Creek Canyon on a wide, dirt and gravel trail that narrows for a steep grind to a breezy saddle. At mile 4.3, descend southwest on cruisy singletrack that parallels Game Creek, crossing grassy hillsides dotted with tall rock pinnacles and Indian paintbrush. The final 7.7 miles are an easy spin back to Jackson on a paved bike path with views of open farmland, kettle ponds, and distant mountains.

-Mapped by Kari Bodnarchuk

TO TRAILHEAD: From Broadway Ave. and N. Cache Dr. in Jackson, head west on Broadway Ave. In 0.4 mile, turn left onto Flat Creek Dr. Go 100 yards to parking lot. The loop begins at Hoback Sports.

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CGC01

Distance: 20.79 mi Points: 1723
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Cache-Game Creek

Points of Interest

WPT001

Location: 43.477661, -110.769547
From Hoback Sports, ride south on Flat Creek Drive. In 0.1 mile, turn left onto W. Kelly Street. In 0.2 mile, turn right onto Jackson Street, then quick left onto W. Kelly Street. In 0.8 mile, turn right onto Redmond St., then quick left onto Cache Creek Dr. Go 1.2 more miles to the trailhead at the end of the dirt road.

WPT002

Location: 43.464985, -110.729851
From the Cache Creek Trailhead (on east side of parking lot), follow the dirt road for a gentle climb through open meadows; Cache Creek and pine forest on the right.

WPT003

Location: 43.459950, -110.718864
Continue straight @ 4-way junction, heading southeast. Cache Creek Sidewalk Trail enters on the left (good for trail running); Hagen Trail enters on the right.

WPT004

Location: 43.458317, -110.713867
Continue straight @ 3-way junction. Hagen Trail enters on the right.

WPT005

Location: 43.451550, -110.701263
Continue straight on Cache Creek Trail @ 3-way with Putt Putt Trail. Ahead, the trail opens up, passing fields on the left. A creek flows through a gully on the right.

WPT006

Location: 43.445385, -110.684898
Wide trail narrows to singletrack and crosses the creek. Ahead, the trail enters the woods; steady climb continues.

WPT007

Location: 43.439949, -110.668686
Turn sharp right onto Game Creek Trail @ 3-way, and cross bridge over Cache Creek. Next, use your granny gear for the steep grind up the mountain.

WPT008

Location: 43.436482, -110.675003
Trail crosses the hillside, then crests a small, breezy saddle. Ride past aspen, pine, and grassy hillsides. Next, begin singletrack descent across grassy hillsides punctuated with tall rock pinnacles and outcroppings on right.

WPT009

Location: 43.431767, -110.683884
Maneuver through three sharp switchbacks on dirt-packed, rocky trail, and cross a field with aspens and shrubs. Pockets of aspen and sharp, serrated rocks dot the hillside on right; watch for grouse and bears.

WPT010

Location: 43.430801, -110.694664
Ride southwest on cruisy, non-technical singletrack; cross fields of red and white Indian paintbrush and maneuver around a downed log.

WPT011

Location: 43.427216, -110.700287
Continue straight to Game Creek Trailhead (West Game Creek veers right over bridge and creek). Rocky, gravel path turns to red dirt as you descend through a swampy area lined with aspens and sagebrush. Ahead, cross an open, level field dotted with sagebrush.

WPT012

Location: 43.411766, -110.707748
Singletrack merges with main trail on right. In roughly 0.1 mile, stay right on main trail @ 3-way junction.

WPT013

Location: 43.394218, -110.727768
Ride past Game Creek Trailhead parking area; look at hillside on right for impressive views of jagged rocks. Go right onto road and follow downhill.

WPT014

Location: 43.393833, -110.748070
Cross the highway and turn right onto paved bike path, which runs alongside US 26 into Jackson. The next 5 miles follow the bike path across gently rolling terrain; take in views of open farmland, distant mountains, horses, and kettle ponds. Scan the skies for parasailers who launch from High School Butte (opposite side of road to the right).

WPT015

Location: 43.472878, -110.784638
The Jackson Whole Grocer on the right sells organic food (a great spot to stock up on healthy snacks).

WPT016

Location: 43.477703, -110.771057
Turn right into shopping area with Staples and Dollar Tree. Ride east for 350 feet to return to Hoback Sports.

Dirt Road

Location: 43.464973, -110.729691
© Kari Bodnarchuk

Aspens

Location: 43.463478, -110.725174
© Kari Bodnarchuk

Foothills

Location: 43.430832, -110.694641
© Kari Bodnarchuk

Singletrack

Location: 43.430183, -110.696404
© Kari Bodnarchuk

Trailside Views

Location: 43.427273, -110.700249
© Kari Bodnarchuk

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