Mountain Biking Sun Valley, Idaho  by Greg McRoberts

Mountain Biking Sun Valley, Idaho Guide Book

by Greg McRoberts (Falcon Guides)
Mountain Biking Sun Valley, Idaho  by Greg McRoberts
First ride of the season? Try the nontechnical Shadyside Trail. Pumped up and ready to go “where not many others go”? Check out gonzo Fourth of July to Pole Creek. Mountain Biking Sun Valley, Idaho (formerly published as Good Dirt) profiles the greatest rides throughout this spectacular landscape. In candid language that speaks directly to cyclists, local mountain biker Greg McRoberts recommends his favorite routes, from the best date rides to the best adventure rides. You’ll also get the inside track on terrain, bike shops, the local coffee scene, and mountain biking ethics.

© 2006 Greg McRoberts/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Mountain Biking Sun Valley, Idaho" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 50.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.

Adams Gulch is a heavily used area due to its close proximity to Ketchum. The trails here are used by hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Please be considerate of others using the trails and stay in complete control while descending. Surface: Dirt jeep road and singletrack trail. Fun factor: Defines the word fun—hills, views, and downhills. This e-trail includes descriptions of the following trails: Adams Gulch Loop, Lane's/Sunnyside Trails, Shadyside Trail, Adams Gulch Trail, Harpers Trail, Citizen's Trail.
Ketchum, ID - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.5
This is also known as Apollo Creek Trail. This is a faith ride. Believe and you’re in; don’t, and you might as well not leave your car. Enjoy! Surface: Dirt jeep road and singletrack trail. Fun factor: Fun? Definitely. Adventurous? You know it. From Ketchum, drive north on Highway 75 for 15.5 miles and turn left onto Baker Creek Road. Continue on another 6 miles to the junction with Norton and Prairie Lakes Roads and park on the right at the junction. The ride begins here. (Note: This trail may be closed to mountain bikes in the near future; please obey any signs indicating this.)
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.1
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There are a plethora of trails on Bald Mountain, and the best part is its proximity to Ketchum. If you want to go big, ride power, or just get an aerobic fix, this is a great place to go. The River Run parking lot is a great meeting place to start any of the rides. Surface: Singletrack trail. Fun factor: Views, incredible views, and more views. This e-trail includes descriptions of the following trails: Warm Springs Trail, Cold Springs Trail, Lower River Run Trail.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9
Yet another sleepy little ride tucked away in the mountains around Stanley. This ride is a blast, roller-coasting your way up the valley on a jeep road and then to a singletrack trail. Surface: Dirt jeep road and singletrack trails. Fun factor: Cruiser, whitewater, wild flowers, and wildlife.
Stanley, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.4
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A fairly new trail in Hailey gets action early in the season, during lunch hours and post-work for those dying to get a quick workout in legs and lungs! Surface: Singletrack, dirt jeep road, and pavement. Fun factor: Blow your lungs and legs out on a local “test” piece with killer views.
Hailey, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.2
This is a rather short but fun ride that has moderate climbing, creek crossings, technical rock moves, views, and a great descent. On top of that, it has access to three other rides in the immediate surrounding area. Surface: Singletrack trail. Fun factor: Moderate climbing to incredible views of the Wood River Valley.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.8
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If you have a need for a very quick workout to kill some of that daily stress, jump on this ride and pump ’til you puke! Surface: Dirt jeep road and pavement. Fun factor: A quick pump, a quick downhill, and you’re back on the couch.
Hailey, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.2
This ride has it all, quick climbs (never too steep), quick turns in a slalom fashion, and one of the best downhills this close to Ketchum. From Ketchum, drive east on Sun Valley/Trail Creek Road for 3.7 miles, passing by Trail Creek Cabin along the way. Turn right where the sign points to Trail Creek trailhead, just past the Boundary Campground. Be sure to park in the trailhead parking lot (day use) and NOT the picnic or campground areas. The ride begins here. Surface: Singletrack trail. Fun factor: Sagebrush slalom courses with incredible downhills.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.8
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This whole area is a great place for riding, no matter which loop you do. Cow Creek is still a bit of a primitive trail compared to the other trails in the area. Be prepared for a little bit of adventure. Surface: Singletrack trail. Fun factor: Wildflowers, climbing, great downhill, meadows.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.4
So, you need a change of pace from that boring singletrack riding? This is it. Casual or difficult, you make the choice; either one is well worth it. Surface: Pavement to dirt jeep road. Fun factor: Small but beautiful creek, Pioneer Mountain views, wildflowers.
Hailey, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.4
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A gradual climb on a jeep road to a singletrack downhill that rivals any ride in the area. Surface: Dirt jeep road and singletrack trail. Fun factor: Steady moderate climb to an outrageous downhill.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.3
Gorgeous views and plenty of wildlife. Bring bug juice, food, and a camera. Surface: Dirt jeep road and singletrack trail. Fun factor: Wildlife, wildflowers, rocks, roots, and mountains. You will LOVE this ride!
Stanley, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.4
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When you have the time and the desire for a ride that you’ll be talking about for years to come, this is it. Great climbing, stream crossings, and a descent that would make anyone jealous; it’s all right here waiting for you. (Note: In the fall of 2005 this entire area was severely burned by a forest fire. You will come across moonscapes, burned trees, and incredible views. Please do not ride around fallen trees; instead, lift your bike over them and do your part in preventing erosion.) Surface: Pavement, dirt jeep road, and singletrack trail. Fun factor: The ultimate ride!!
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 17.8
Let’s say you want one hell of a long ride, some serious uphill with a backcountry commitment that takes the better part of a day. This is the ride for you! It’s gorgeous and you get into areas where not many others go. Surface: Dirt road and singletrack trail. Fun factor: Alpine lakes, great descending, and fun climbing.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 38.1
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This is undoubtedly one of the best all-around rides close to Ketchum. Never too steep to ride and always a good time on the downhills. Surface: Singletrack trail and dirt jeep road. Fun factor: Moderate climbs, great descents, and wildflowers.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.6
This is not a first-date ride. Be ready for going over the front of your bike, falling, and pushing. Surface: Dirt jeep road to singletrack trail. Fun factor: Wicked downhills, climbs, and traverses.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 22.4
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Galena Lodge has been around since 1974 as a cross-country skiing and mountain bike/hiking center. Since mountain biking and other outdoor recreation pursuits have increased in popularity over the years, the lodge has taken an aggressive move in creating a great trail network. With old mines and pioneer cabins throughout the area, any ride at Galena Lodge Area is a great time. The trails at Galena are all pieces of a puzzle known as the Galena Grinder, a local race utilizing nearly all of the trails in one form or another. Maps are available at the lodge for all trails, and the trails are well-marked. Go up, have a great time, and enjoy a lunch or dinner on the deck in the heart of the Boulder Mountains. Surface: Singletrack and jeep road. Fun factor: Locals have put many hard hours into making this one of the more classic rides in the upper valley area. Incredible views, climbs, and downhills await you! This e-trail includes descriptions of the following trails: Galena Trail, Psycho Trail, Rip & Tear Trail, Cherry Creek Loop, Old Toll Road.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.5
This ride is always an aerobic challenge with wonderful singletrack trails, views of the Pioneer Mountains, and some of the best downhill riding around. Surface: Singletrack trail. Fun factor: Moderate climbs leading to excellent views and downhills.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.8
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The Harriman Trail extends from the SNRA headquarters north of Ketchum all the way up to Galena Lodge. You can either ride up or down the trail, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s gradual the entire way. This trail definitely has some ups and downs and is the perfect ride for a cyclocross bike. This ride is the perfect introductory ride for the person new to mountain biking or visiting the valley. Because of its beautifully manicured terrain, you can enjoy this ride and still maintain a conversation. This could be classified as the perfect first-date ride. No pressure to perform, no tears, good conversation… Surface: 12-foot wide pea-gravel trail. Fun factor: Beautiful cruise up or down the valley following the Big Wood River and the Boulder Mountains all the way.
Ketchum, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 18.6
This is the locals’ standard, early-season ride to get their legs and butt into shape. It’s a fast cruise with a bit of climbing, mostly on jeep roads. Surface: Dirt jeep road, pavement, singletrack. Fun factor: Serene sagebrush desert setting with cow pies, snakes, and water.
Hailey, ID - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 26.2
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