Known for flowy, laomy buff singletrack complemented with more rowdy, advanced terrain in the sub-alpine and alpine, riders can turn it up for weeks on end without ever repeating the same ride. In a place where every ride takes you somewhere magical, it's as though you've arrived in mountain bike nirvana. As of summer 2014, Sun Valley Resort added lift-accessed mountain biking on Bald Mountain. With 3,400 feet of vertical drop to the valley floor, the European-style ski mountain lends itself quite well to a hair-on-fire big mountain experience on two wheels.
Whether you're enjoying lunch at the Roundhouse Lodge or the of hiking and biking trails, you can't beat the incredible panoramic views of some of Idaho's highest peaks and the cool temperatures on top of Sun Valley's Bald Mountain (9,150 ft.) this summer.
New in 2014, the Saddle Up opened as a downhill-only mountain bike trail that invites experienced riders to take on the banked turns, rollers and jumps. From there you can connect to the newly added Mindbender Trail that then connects down to River Run Trail. This segment offers a sequence of switchbacks in the thick trees returning you to base of Sun Valley. Connecting these three trails provides a 9.5 mile downhill on purpose build flow trail, arguably the longest flow trail on any resort in North America.
Hailey and Ketchum both offer bike parks with closed loop pump tracks suitable for everyone from kids on Stryder bikes to adults looking for a bit of air time and a lot of flow. Ketchum's is adjacent to Hemingway Elementary School while Hailey's is adjacent to the Wood River High School and Blaine County Aquatic Center.
Although Sun Valley is known as a grip-it-and-rip-it sort of knobby tire town, the road cycling isn't too shabby either. With over 30 miles of perfectly paved bike paths, Highway 75 linking town to the high mountain valley north to Galena and even into the Stanley Basin, miles of meditative road miles lie ahead. And if you have caught the gravel road craze, even better, as the region is littered nearly limitless country roads connecting the mountains to the north and farm country to the south.
Need a little help getting around the trails of the Sun Valley area? The Blaine County Recreation District's Summer Trail Link is your best resource for trail conditions and routes.
From Mountain & Cylcecross to Road and Fatbike, there is a top-notch line-up of bike shops here to cater all of your biking needs.
Yes, we do have winter fat biking options here in the Valley. Click the link below for all the details.
Bike Rental Shops
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