Mecham Hollow Intermediate ATV-Motorbike Loop
Know Before You Go!
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Just northwest of Montpelier lies an extensive network of singletrack motorbike trails, ATV trails and forest roads that create loops of varying length and difficulty for OHV riders and other users. It'd be easy to spend an entire day getting lost in this fishnet of routes. This 8-mile ride is intended to provide an introduction to the area for ATV/motorbike riders. See the Mecham Hollow-Sherman Peak Loop or the Paris Canyon-Highline Trail Loop for longer rides in the vicinity.
To reach the Mecham Hollow trailhead, take U.S. Highway 89 west out of Montpelier and head for Ovid. Turn right on State Highway 36 in Ovid and drive into the mountains. Just before you reach the Caribou-Targhee National Forest boundary, turn right on Forest Road 401. Go past the North Canyon trailhead, and follow Road 401 about 3 miles to the Mecham Hollow Trailhead. Park. The ride starts here. There is some primitive camping at the trailhead, but there are no services such as water or a toilet.
To begin the ride, go west on Road 401 for less than a mile, then turn right on Road 951. In less than a mile, turn right on Trail 442 and ride some twisty trail. Bear right on Trail 442A at the next junction. In a little over a mile, turn right on Road 404 and follow that to Road 401. Go left on Road 401, then peel right on Trail 344, then right again on Trail 345. Follow that for about two miles to a junction at Road 402 and Road 439. Follow Road 439 to Road 425. In a half-mile, go right on Trail 316 at the next junction, and follow it back to the trailhead.
These trails and roads are open for the summer season. In most years, snow will prevent access to this ride until mid-June.