Biking

The same conditions that created world class skiing have also created world class mountain and road biking in Sun Valley.

The area accommodates all levels of experience, from the beginner to the white knuckle advanced rider. From wide dirt roads and the extensive paved Wood River Trail system connecting the valley from the south to the north, to the challenging 28 miles of single track on Bald Mountain and the 700km of trails in surrounding recreation areas, the Sun Valley/ Ketchum area has a large, varied trail system for all riding abilities. 

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area north of Ketchum and the Ketchum Ranger District, which surrounds the Wood River Valley, contains miles of maintained trails with spectacular mountain backdrops. Also there are 20 miles of new trail out Croy Canyon in Hailey that include a section of "downhill" trail with double jumps, berms and drops. View biking trail maps and descriptions online to plan your ride.

The Ride Sun Valley Mountain Bike Festival showcases the area's 400+ miles of continuous singletrack in an event centered around some of the best race courses in the U.S.! 

Mountain Biking

According to Bike Magazine, Sun Valley's single-track trails are "like butter". Meandering dirt ribbons undulate through pristine wild forest, littered with wild flowers and creature habitat. There are over 1,000 miles of backcountry single and double track trails in the Wood River Valley and everyone can find a favorite.  The immediate Valley area contains 360 miles of trails that extend as far North as Galena Summit and reach Dear Creek to the South. "There are trails ranging from easy to extremely challenging found in whatever direction you face throughout Sun Valley," says Bob Rosso, owner of the Elephant's Perch bike shop in Ketchum, Idaho.

Bike Magazine Online reports; "With its abundant trails and endless valley views, riders escape to this area to do just that: escape." Planning your getaway in Sun Valley couldn't be simpler. Several trails cater to the first-timer, including the Harriman Trail north of Ketchum, Warm Springs Road, and Corral Creek Road; which can be extended to Corral Creek Trail once confidence allows. For those looking for a challenging ride through a scenic route with a rewarding descent for dessert, both Fox Creek Trail and Shady Lane Creek Trail in Adams Gulch will suit your tastes. For expert riders who are looking for the "epic" experience, both Fisher Creek Trail and Greenhorn Gulch offer great single-track riding whilst technically challenging, sure to deliver an experience worth savoring. 

Trails typically open in late May or early June depending on the snowmelt. Observing trail signs are the best way to know if trails are dry enough for riders to use without damaging them. Local volunteers from advocacy groups and motorcycle clubs help clear fallen trees as well as repair and redesign trails that have been washed out during the winter.

Don't have gear with you?  No problem!  From helmet and bike to a new bottom bracket, riders will find what they are looking for at any of Ketchum's local bike shops, listed below.

Pump Parks

For kids, or adults who are young at heart, both Ketchum and Hailey host pump parks. Ketchum's park is located across from Hemingway Elementary school, and Hailey's is adjacent to the Blaine County Aquatic Center.

Weekly Group Rides

Weekly free group ride options are offered by local outfitters, including the Elephant's Perch Wednesday night road rides with Nappy.  Meet at the Perch on Sun Valley Road for a prompt start at 5:00 p.m.

Sun Valley Biking in the Press

Read for for yourself what some publications are saying about the biking opportunities in Sun Valley:

Sun Valley Biking Quick Facts

  • Sun Valley is home to over 1,100 miles of single track trails.
  • Need a ride to your favorite trailhead? Sun Valley Mountain Guides runs daily shuttles to the best trails in the valley, from Pioneer Cabin to Galena Lodge
  • There are over 15 different Bike/Outdoor Outfitters in the area selling top brands such as Scott, Specialized, Felt, Santa Cruz, Colnago, Cannondale, Giant, Trek, Gary Fisher, LaMond, and more.
  • Ketchum received the Silver Award for being a Bike Friendly Community from the Wood River Bike Coalition
  • Some celebrated mountain bike athletes that call Ketchum/Sun Valley home include:  Rebecca Rusch (The current  24 Hour Solo Mountain Biking World Champion) and Georgia Gould (Member of the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Olympic Team 2008)
  • Many programs are available for adults and children to improve your mountain biking skills and gain experience – Contact:  Roadanddirt.org, dirtseries.com, or westernspirit.com.
  • The Galena Grinder is a 45 mile marathon which, according to USA Cycling is "notorious for its high altitude climbing, fast technical descents, and outrageous views of Ketchum, Baldy, and the Sawtooth Mountains."
  • Other events include the Sawtooth Cycle Challenge benefit for Leukemia and Lymphoma, Trail Creek Time Trial, and Crosstoberfest in the fall. 

Dining & Shopping

  • Backwoods Mountain Sports

    Backwoods Mountain Sports is an outdoor shop run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. It may sound cliché, but we are all in this to support our outdoor habits, and encourage others to do the same. 

  • Formula Sports

    For over 20 years, Formula Sports has offered great products and services for skiing, cycling and various other sporting goods.  We love seeing new faces and smiles.  Come say hi and see what we have...

  • Power House

    Located in the heart of downtown Hailey, Idaho,  Power House Pub and Bike Fit Studio has everything from the best burgers in the valley to bike supplies and repair.  We also have the best selection...

  • Ski Tek

    Ski Tek is always happening. We are on the cutting edge; Always trying & applying new ideas & techniques. We are educated. We walk our talk. Life is precious. We can’t waste our time on...

  • Sturtevants of Sun Valley

    #1 Ski Shop, #1 Bike Shop, #1 in Customer Service! Est. 1948, Sturtevants is the Valley's source for skiing, biking, fly-fishing equipment, apparel & accessories.

  • Terra Sports Consignment

    Terra Sports Consignment Giving New Life To Your Used Gear Ketchum, Idaho's only sports consignment shop. Check us out FIRST before you buy new. We might just have what you need at a lower...

  • The Elephant's Perch

    To provide the needed expertise and knowledge necessary to have a specialty store, the Elephant's Perch has always had a staff of Doers!  Men and women who actively pursue all the joys of the great...

Things To Do

  • Bald Mountain Summer Lift Access

    Whether you're enjoying lunch at the Roundhouse Lodge or the nearly 28 miles of hiking and biking trails, you can't beat the incredible panoramic views of some of Idaho's highest peaks and the cool...

  • Galena Lodge

    Galena Lodge is a trails-based retreat and historic day lodge located 24 miles north of Sun Valley/Ketchum. Full service restaurant, over 100 kilometers of cross country ski and bike trails, ski or...

  • Guided Mountain Bike Trips w/ Sturtevants' Sun Valley Mountain Guides (SVMG)

    RIDE THE LEGENDARY SINGLETRACK MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS OF THE WOOD RIVER VALLEY Based out of one of the Valley's Best Bike Shops, Sturtevants, Sun Valley Mountain Guides (SVMG) offers mountain bike...

  • The Copper Basin - Your Destination

    Rebecca's Private Idaho

    Professional bike racer and one of the world's top endurance athletes Rebecca Rusch (known as "The Queen of Pain") is celebrating her hometown with the 2nd Annual  Rebecca’s Private Idaho, an event...

  • Sawtooth Adventure Co- Mountain bike the Sawtooths!

    Joins Sawtooth Adventure Company and explore the vast, uncrowded singletrack in the Sawtooths and Stanley Valley.  We have trips and trails to accommodate all ages, abilities.   Trips include...

  • Mountain bike guide service provided by Sun Valley Trekking.

    Sun Valley Trekking

    Based in Idaho's Wood River Valley, SUN VALLEY TREKKING has been providing guests with mountain stoke since 1982.  Their purpose is to sustain the human spirit through adventure and exploration.

Events

  • Reba's Ride Camp

    Date: December 31
    Time: 12:15pm

    Join Rebecca as she partners with Mountain Bike Marathon Nationals  to offer multiple women’s-only “no-drop” ride clinics in her back yard!  With IMBA Epic Ride Center designation and more buttery-...

  • Rebecca's Private Idaho

    Date: August 31
    Time: (All day)

    Professional bike racer and one of the world's top endurance athletes Rebecca Rusch (known as "The Queen of Pain") is celebrating her hometown with the 2nd Annual  Rebecca’s Private Idaho, an event...

  • Ride Sun Valley

    Date: December 31
    Time: (All day)

    Ride Sun Valley will return June 26 through July 5th with a whole host of races and activities for people who like life on two wheels. Featured will be the Enduro Cup Sun Valley Super Enduro, The...

  • Sawtooth Century

    Date: August 9
    Time: 8:00am

    The Sawtooth Century- a fundraiser to support the Wood River Bicycle Coalition

  • Wheel Girls Mountain Bike Club

    Date: June 17
    Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

    WHEEL GIRLS MNT. BIKE CLUB June 16-July 21, Sun Valley, ID For the forth year, Rebecca will be offering a girls (7th-12th grade) mountain bike club for her young, local riding enthusiasts. Wheel...

  • Wheel Girls Mountain Bike Club

    Date: June 17
    Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

    WHEEL GIRLS MNT. BIKE CLUB June 16-July 21, Sun Valley, ID For the forth year, Rebecca will be offering a girls (7th-12th grade) mountain bike club for her young, local riding enthusiasts. Wheel...

  • Wheel Girls Mountain Bike Club

    Date: June 17
    Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

    WHEEL GIRLS MNT. BIKE CLUB June 16-July 21, Sun Valley, ID For the forth year, Rebecca will be offering a girls (7th-12th grade) mountain bike club for her young, local riding enthusiasts. Wheel...

  • Wheel Girls Mountain Bike Club

    Date: June 17
    Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

    WHEEL GIRLS MNT. BIKE CLUB June 16-July 21, Sun Valley, ID For the forth year, Rebecca will be offering a girls (7th-12th grade) mountain bike club for her young, local riding enthusiasts. Wheel...

  • Wheel Girls Mountain Bike Club

    Date: June 17
    Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

    WHEEL GIRLS MNT. BIKE CLUB June 16-July 21, Sun Valley, ID For the forth year, Rebecca will be offering a girls (7th-12th grade) mountain bike club for her young, local riding enthusiasts. Wheel...

Services

  • Smith Optics

    Although you can find our products across the globe, our corporate headquartes are located right here in Ketchum, Idaho. We offer top-of-the-line Sunglasses, Helmets, Optycal Eyeware, Apparel, and...