Sun Valley's newest trails include miles of scenery and flow.| Photo: Tal Roberts
With over 400 miles of bike accessible singletrack in the Sun Valley area, the 32 miles of lift accessed trails on Bald Mountain offer the perfect complement to the surrounding mountain biking trail network.
Mountain Biking at Sun Valley Bike Park
Sun Valley Bike Park's perimeter trails, Warm Springs and Cold Springs, offer 3100 feet of descending to the valley floor with an old school, high speed singletrack feel. Riders looking for a more contemporary machine-built flow experience will enjoy the new Saddle Up and Lupine freeride trails opened in the last two years. From face-melting alpine traverses, to berms and tables, Bald Mountain will appeal to all types of riders.
What's New for Riders Visiting Sun Valley
2016 brings some refinement to the two existing freeride trails, Saddle Up and Lupine. Lupine saw some subtle enhancements by the hand crew last fall, which have baked to perfection over a winter's snow load.
Saddle Up is the big news for the year, with nearly a quarter of the 3.5 mile trail being machine rebuilt to enhance the overall feel of the trail and make it more intuitive. Nearly 25 berms have been reshaped in addition to refining rollers and tweaking tables. Saddle Up is a high frequency machine-built freeride trail that encourages playful riding.
In addition to the on-mountain improvements, the trail crew also created a skills loop at the base area for beginner riders to hone their MTB basics and for kids on strider bikes to play in the woods.
2016 Events at Sun Valley
Ride Sun Valley Enduro: June 25 & 26, 2016
Now in it's 4th year, the Ride Sun Valley Enduro bring two days of racing to Sun Valley, with day one highlighting Bald Mountain's trails. This event is a part of the North American Enduro Tour, and is one of the few Enduro World Series Qualifiers in North America.
Norco DemoDay: July 2, 2016
Come check out Norco's new Optic line of trail bikes as well as the Norco Range demo fleet. Norco strider bikes will also be available for those looking to enjoy the new skills loop at the River Run base area.
Beyond the Bike Park
Learn more about Sun Valley's 400+ miles of singletrack here.
Getting to Sun Valley Mountain Resort
From Boise, head east on I-84 41 miles to the second exit for Mountain Home. Turn left on Hwy. 20 (a good spot for rest or refreshments). Continue on Hwy. 20 for 84 miles to the Hwy. 75 junction. Turn left on Hwy. 75 and continue for 25 miles to Main Street in Ketchum. Turn right (east) on Sun Valley Road. The Resort is one mile ahead. Total: 151 miles (2hrs 50mins)
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Sun Valley, ID – When the crew at Idaho's Sun Valley Resort decided to get serious about bringing legitimate downhill mountain biking to the community, they didn't mess around. Promising to deliver one of the biggest mountain bike parks in the country, Sun Valley broke ground last year, utilizing the expertise of IMBA, Gravity Logic, Alpine Bike Parks and Randy Spangler to get things rolling in the right direction. We caught up with Visit Sun Valley recently to check in on things, and here's the story as reported from their blog.
Sun Valley, ID – The 3rd Annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival presented by Scott Sports returns to Sun Valley June 29 – July 6, 2013 with the Shimano Sun Valley Super Enduro highlighting eight days of races and events geared for anyone who can balance on two wheels. Registration for the Super Enduro began at 8:00 pm MST Wednesday February 13, 2013 and will be capped at 250 racers.
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If you are into downhill mountain biking even slightly you will be severely disappointed with what Sun Valley has to offer. They really only have one flow trail and it's horrible; too many switchbacks, really tight radius berms, way too much flat and uphill for a flow trail, and absolutely no jumps (more like lots of ridiculous speed bumps). The one trail from the top of the mountain to the bottom leaves you on the opposite side of the mountain from the lift ( about a three mile pedal through town to get back to the lift). Not to mention that trail is used by cross country riders pedaling up the hill and hikers with their dogs! If you like downhilling and are in the southern Idaho area you'd be much better off going to Targhee, Jackson, Brundage, or even Boise (as they have a park West of downtown.