A bike ride in the fall is a great way to take advantage of cooler temps and enjoy the amazing scenery in the Idaho mountains. There are a variety of trails near Stanley and the Wood River Valley, and we’ve only chosen a few for this blog to get your wheels turning and get you out for one last adventure before the snow flies. And remember-choose your trail wisely! Organized biking events, trail work, sheep routes, and other important information can be found at https://summertrailink.bcrd.org/.
Wood River Valley
This is an easy-to-moderate trail system located 6 miles out of Hailey. 18 miles of single track linking a variety of loops for all levels.
An easy trail system under 5 miles is located near Sun Valley Lodge.
Just north of Ketchum, this easy-to-moderator trail system includes a beginner’s 6-mile loop and an intermediate route for those looking to ride close to 10 miles.
Stanley Basin/Sawtooth National Recreation Area
An easy 13-mile loop around the lake departing from the Redfish Lake Lodge parking lot.
Looking for more of a challenge? This 27-miler with a 4-mile climb up to 9,500 feet followed by an extreme 6-mile descent might be what you are seeking. The trail departs from the Boundary Creek Trail.
Depart from the Williams Creek parking lot to begin this 18-mile loop with the incredible Idaho Sawtooths looming in the distance as you return.
For a complete mountain bike checklist, visit our friends at REI- Expert Advice
Here are just a few great suggestions to keep you prepared this fall.
- Hydration pack
- First aid items
- Patch kit and portable pump
- Padded shorts
- Lights – if planning to be biking at dusk or later