Bayhorse Pacific Mine Loop
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The Bayhorse Pacific Mine 15-mile Loop provides an introduction to the old mining ghost town of Bayhorse and takes riders on a fun tour of the mountain where the Pacific Mine once produced silver ore and a smelter, mill and charcoal kilns processed the ore. The ride is best for ATVs. To reach Bayhorse, take Idaho 75 to Bayhorse Road, about eight miles west of the Idaho 75-U.S. 93 junction south of Challis. Turn onto the Bayhorse Creek Road and stay left after crossing the bridge. Drive up 3.3 miles to the Bayhorse town site, which is part of Land of the Yankee Fork State Park, and park. While you are there, take the walking tour of the old ghost town. It will set the stage for your ride.
Follow Forest Road #052 to ATV Trail #390, turn right and ride uphill to Beardsley Gulch and follow the switchbacks to the top of the hill. Check out the old mine. The trail goes downhill and heads over to a creek. Turn right at the creek and return to Bayhorse.
Optional add: To lengthen the ride, after reaching the top of the mountain, bear left at the creek-crossing and ride uphill on Trail #378. Follow that until it dumps out onto a dirt road and follow the road as it switchbacks over to Road #052. Turn right on #052 and follow the road/ATV trail back to Bayhorse.