Known for a mix raw and technical trails set against the magnificent backdrop of the Grand Teton range, rolling off the lift in Grand Targhee can feel more like you were just heli-dropped high in the Alps, offering a unique and wild riding experience setting it apart from other lift-served bike parks. Today, the bike park continues to grow at the hands of expert trail sculpters Andy Williams and Harlan Hottenstein and their crew, adding to the mix a variety of machine built flow and features for all abilities to provide a truly diverse experience, making Grand Targhee a world-class destination for lift-served mountain biking you truly must ride to believe.
Grand Traverse | Blue Flow
Distance: 0.9 Miles
Vertical Drop: -531
The main artery used to access most of the downhill trails from the top of the Dreamcatcher lift, Grand Traverse is also one of the oldest bike trails on the mountain. Starting rider's left from the top of the lift, Grand Traverse dips in below the ski patrol shack, then snakes through a few switchbacks before carving out toward the magnificent backdrop of the Grand Tetons. This benchcut singletrack can be off-camber in sections making novice riders a bit nervous, but is overall a friendly traverse able to be navigated by riders of all abilities. Advanced riders will be able to find speed and flow, carving the rolling traverse much like a high-speed ski run.
Advanced riders will also want to keep an eye out for bonus hip-like kickers on the left/inside of the trail to catch some air, but be careful—the landings can be loose. At the end of Grand Traverse, you'll find a turnout / intersection with a fireroad to regroup and catch your breath. From this intersection you'll have your choice of most of the other downhill trails Grand Targhee has to offer.
Sidewinder | Blue Flow
Distance: 3.2 miles
Vertical Drop: -1,378 feet
Sidewinder is a swooping, rolling bit of singletrack living up to its name. Dropping nearly 1,400 feet in under four miles, it never gets very steep or overly technical making it a great run for newer riders looking to progress, but there's enough flow and chunk to keep advanced riders entertained if ridden at speed. Advanced riders should note the rock bands to the left of the trail just after the first big, sweeping righthand switchback—they offer some bonus technical lines and optional drops.
Sticks & Stones | Black Tech
Distance: 2.2 miles
Verical Drop: -1,320 feet
This technical trail will test your suspension, and won't leave any doubts as to the inspiration for its name. You can pick it up from the very start at the intersection following the Grand Traverse for a few technical switchbacks, or ride Buffalo Drop to hit the infamous clif drop before reconnecting with Sticks and Stones at the next intersection—our preferred route. From that intersection, it's a rocky rollercoaster winding down between Peaked Mountain and Mary's Nipple, descending from wide-open views into dense forest full of roots and drops before spilling out to reconnect with lower Bullwinkle to lead you back to the base.
Buffalo Drop | Black Tech / Flow
Distance: 0.4 miles
Vertical Drop: -281 feet
One of the shortest—but arguably most famous—trails at Grand Targhee, Buffalo Drop is so named for a cliff drop about halfway through. Not originally part of the trail, the drop originated as the fast line choice among locals during the early days of downhill racing at Grand Targhee and is today one of the mountain's signature moves. Want to look before you leap? Don't worry, there are go-arounds to either side of the drop, but they do cross the landing, so be sure it's clear before rolling through. Carry your speed following the drop for a large tabletop, then it's one last technical romp through the trees before an intersection that will let you
choose between Sticks & Stones, Sidewinder and Bullwinkle.
Rock Garden | Black Tech / Flow
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Drop: -1,809 feet
New for 2015, Rock Garden features a mix of flow and tech to keep expert riders on their toes, and is sure to be the premier advanced trail of Grand Targhee's bike park for years to come. The first official run to drop rider's right from the top of the Dreamcatcher lift (the entrance is riders' left, but cuts under the lift), you'll have a high-speed, rocky traverse before a loose and technical drop in.
Raw, high-speed chunk quickly gives way to a section of massive tabletops and stepdowns. You'll want to high-five the trail crew when you get to the bottom of this one.
Bullwinkle | Blue Flow
Distance: 2 miles
Vertical Drop: -1,041 feet
You can pick up Bullwinkle up from Sticks & Stones, Buffalo Drop or Sidewinder following the Grand Traverse. This high-speed intermediate flow trail will have you grinning from ear to ear as you rail massive, sweeping berms and boost a series of tabletops, hips and step-ups. You'll reach an intersection that will allow you to keep the good times rolling on lower Bullwinkle for a longer run, or traverse back to base on Sidewinder. As of late 2015, Lower Bullwinkle now finishes with a high-speed rhythm section of massive tabletops, step-ups and step-downs.
Otter Slide | Blue Flow
Distance: 0.6 miles
Vertical Drop: -282 feet
Hop on Otter Slide from the intersectino at the base of Sidewinder and Rock Garden for a series of tight, bermed corners snaking through the Aspen trees. You'll have the option of a large wooden wall-ride on your right upon exiting before crossing into the base area where you can hit the optional "Moustache Ride" ramp and double up the rollers next to the lift.
Chutes 'N' Ladders | Green Flow
Distance: 0.3 miles
Vertical Drop: -213 feet
Advanced riders should not let the green rating disuade them. While it's friendly enough for all abilities, this is a fun way to end any ride from the bottom of Sidewinder or Rock Garden. A series of flowing berms, beginner-friendly tabletops and even optional wall rides bring you back to the base area. Stay right to catch the optional "Moustache Ride" ramp and double up the rollers next to the lift.
Pinball | Green Skills
Want to work on your skills, practice skinnies or just mess around? Check out the Pinball skills park near the bottom of Chutes 'N' Ladders for a series of low-risk features to help you progress or just have some fun.