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Overview


Sun Valley is one of the top mountain biking destinations that not enough people know about. It's an incredibly bike-friendly town, with tons of singletrack you can access without getting in a car, and uber fit riders everywhere you look. The locals don't seem to be protecting their secret either - they are incredibly friendly and happy to spread the word and get more folks enjoying their trails... the way it should be!

The town itself has everything you need: great restaurants and coffee shops, two great full service bike shops, well-established guide services, two excellent grocery stores, and a handful of great pubs for post-ride libations.

Whatever it is you need while you're in town, from where to sleep, where to eat, or where to drink, go to www.visitsunvalley.com. It's a well-designed website packed with information.

Food & Libations


Ketchum has tons of good options for food and drink. Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are a few that stood out for the MTB Project crew:
Enoteca serves up high end pizza and other Italian dishes, along with a killer wine and beer list. The prices are very reasonable for what you get, which is why you need to plan ahead in order to get a table!

La Parilla (280 E 6th St, Ketchum, ID 83340) This place serves simple but authentic Mexican food in a train car, just off Main Street. Great post-ride recovery food!

Velocio is an excellent coffee shop serving carefully crafted espresso drinks, teas, sandwiches and gelato.

Java On Fourth is another great coffee shop. It has a very different feel from Velocio - less modern, more down home. They have good coffee, espresso and great breakfast offerings, including tasty looking pastries and muffins propped right in front of you as you wait in a steady line that's often out the door in the morning.

Big Wood Bread Cafe is a killer lunch spot serving awesome hot and cold sandwiches and salads on their own bread. Don't miss this place for lunch in between rides.

A locals' favorite spot is Lefty's Bar and Grill. We didn't eat there, but we hear the burgers and sandwiches are good. But their real draw is lots of good beer on tap, and an awesome hangout spot outside. You're guaranteed to hear MTB chatter on the deck at night, and you might get some ideas for a long ride!

Another good pub is Cellar Pub. They've got a good Irish Pub feel - and how can you not like a bar that has a shuffleboard table!

Camping & Places to Stay


During peak season, we found it challenging to find an apartment/condo to rent for a big crew. It's a popular spot, and there don't seem to be a ton of options, so plan ahead! There is, however, lots of camping to the north of Ketchum along the river. A good place to start is the Forest Service: Sawtooth National Forest

Seasons


Ketchum can be really hot and dry in summer, but there's a huge variety of microclimates, from the lower (warmer trails) at Hailey to the high alpine up by Stanley. You can find something suitable from late spring through late fall. This far north, the sun rises early and you can ride until 9pm for most of the summer, so take advantage of the early and late periods with the pretty light and less intense sun.

Afternoon thunderstorms are common, especially in the big mountains to the north.

Local Shops, Guides, & Shuttles


Sturtevants bike shop (http://sturtevants-sv.com) offers everything you need to get out on the trails. They demo Santa Cruz, Scott, and Giant, and they have a full service shop with friendly staff (who supported the MTB Project crew very well when we were in town mapping trails!), and they can provide shuttle/guide/instruction services as well.

The Elephant's Perch (http://elephantsperch.com) carries Specialized and Ibis, and also offers rental bikes and a full service shop.

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FEATURED RIDES
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Epic Whiteclouds Tour with lots of Solitude!
near Sun Valley, ID
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A huge descent with miles of mesmerizing fast singletrack and views galore.
near Ketchum, ID
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Fast, flowing beginner singletrack with great views of the Pioneers and Bald Mt.
near Sun Valley, ID
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Well designed trails with great scenery through a variety of vegetation.
near Ketchum, ID
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TOP FEATURED RIDES
10 Mountain Bike Rides in Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho
#1 Castle Peak Loop 17.4 Miles (being written) Sun Valley, ID Epic Whiteclouds Tour with lots of Solitude!
#2 Bald Mountain Big Descent 13.6 Miles Ketchum, ID A huge descent with miles of mesmerizing fast s...
#3 Corral Creek 6.7 Miles Sun Valley, ID Fast, flowing beginner singletrack with great v...
#4 Greenhorn to Imperial Loop 10.8 Miles Ketchum, ID Well designed trails with great scenery through...
#5 Curly's Loop 12.1 Miles Sun Valley, ID An awesome quick loop ride with high country vi...
#6 Adam's Gulch Intermedi... 10.9 Miles Sun Valley, ID A thorough but manageable taste of the best sce...
#7 Mahoney Loop 12.5 Miles Ketchum, ID A grinding climb made well worth it for one of ...
#8 Adam's Gulch Beginner ... 6.0 Miles Sun Valley, ID A relaxed loop for beginners that sticks to the...
#9 Lambs Gulch to Two Dog Trail 10.4 Miles Hailey, ID A great lower elevation ride out Lambs Gulch an...
#10 White Cloud Trails - Outer ... 4.2 Miles Ketchum, ID Gently graded trails forming a loop around Sun ...
TOP TRAILS
54 Mountain Bike Trails in Sun Valley and Ketchum, Idaho
#1 Eve's Gulch 7.6 Miles Ketchum, ID A great out and back with a challenging climb a...
#2 Chamberlain Creek Trail 3.5 Miles (being written) Sun Valley, ID Striking rock formations and Waterfalls Surroun...
#3 Broadway Saddle Trail 2.3 Miles Ketchum, ID Amazing views, wildflowers, and a fun trail mak...
#4 Red Warrior Trail 7.6 Miles Ketchum, ID An amazing descent dropping from high alpine do...
#5 Miner Lakes Trail 3.4 Miles Sun Valley, ID Amazing descent with great views!
#6 Prarie Lakes Trail 3.0 Miles Sun Valley, ID Challenging climbing and an amazing downhill wi...
#7 Imperial Gulch Trail 6.2 Miles Ketchum, ID A nice singletrack loop with fun flowy trails.
#8 Warm Springs Trail 8.7 Miles Ketchum, ID A great descent, out and back, or loop for a be...
#9 Greenhorn Trail 8.7 Miles Ketchum, ID Well designed trail with a variety of loop opti...
#10 Fox Creek Loop 5.8 Miles Sun Valley, ID This scenic loop is a favorite for riders of al...
#11 River Run Trail 3.6 Miles Ketchum, ID A tough climb or awesome descent. Great to link...
#12 Forbidden Fruit Flow Trail 1.1 Miles Sun Valley, ID A super fun, high-speed flow trail with well de...
#13 Lodgepole Gulch 2.1 Miles Ketchum, ID A pure descent where whoops and swoops abound.
#14 Saddle Trail 2.2 Miles Sun Valley, ID Smooth forested trail with great flow.
#15 Lower Oregon Gulch 3.2 Miles Sun Valley, ID Smooth and fast - great ascent or descent.
#16 Griffin Butte Connector 1.5 Miles Sun Valley, ID A fun trail for a shorter Adam's Gulch loo...
#17 Chocolate Gulch Trail 2.9 Miles Sun Valley, ID Beautiful views of the Boulder Mountains and fl...
#18 Harper's Trail 2.6 Miles Sun Valley, ID A fun climb or descent with easy access from to...
#19 Punchline Flow Trail 1.2 Miles Hailey, ID A super fun flow, jump trail with intermediate ...
#20 Osberg Ridge Trail 11.8 Miles Ketchum, ID Amazing traverse on high alpine singletrack. A ...
#21 Curly's Trail 3.3 Miles Sun Valley, ID A super flowy fast trail with great dirt and am...
#22 Upper Oregon Gulch (Edge of... 3.1 Miles Sun Valley, ID The aptly named Edge of the World Trail descend...
#23 Adam's Gulch Loop 10.4 Miles Sun Valley, ID A great loop with easy access from town. A goo...
#24 Shadyside Trail 1.7 Miles Sun Valley, ID A fun access trail that traverses a wooded hill...
#25 Adams-Lake Creek Connector 1.6 Miles Sun Valley, ID A nice connection from Adam's Gulch trailh...
#26 Heidelberg 0.9 Miles Ketchum, ID A straightforward climb/descent between Wandere...
#27 Mahoney Butte Trail 5.3 Miles Ketchum, ID Beautiful trail with many loop options and expa...
#28 Wood River Paved Path 21.0 Miles Sun Valley, ID A favorite paved path linking Ketchum, Hailey a...
#29 Saddle-Up Flow Trail 3.2 Miles Ketchum, ID New flow trail on Baldy featuring tight switchb...
#30 Elkhorn Road Paved Bike Path 7.8 Miles Ketchum, ID Popular paved path affording great scenery and ...
#31 North Fork Loop 1.8 Miles Sun Valley, ID A short, technical loop with great views of the...
#32 Bald Mountain Trail 5.2 Miles Ketchum, ID Scenic uphill climb to access Bald Mountain...
#33 Harriman Trail 19.2 Miles Sun Valley, ID Enjoyable cruise along the beautiful Big Wood R...
#34 Red Warrior to Lodgepole Co... 2.1 Miles Ketchum, ID Tough climb with some great views.
#35 Citizens Trail 1.2 Miles Sun Valley, ID Easy early season trail with great views and am...
#36 Mahoney Ridge Trail 3.1 Miles Ketchum, ID Beautiful views, great wildflowers, and an amaz...
#37 Two Dog Trail 3.0 Miles Hailey, ID A fun, rolling trail that winds its way through...
#38 Lambs Gulch Trail 4.0 Miles Hailey, ID A great early season singletrack ride with beau...
#39 Bullion Connector Trail 2.3 Miles Hailey, ID A fun out and back with a gradual climb and rip...
#40 Hidden Valley Loop 5.8 Miles Hailey, ID A fun early season loop west of Croy. Desert ri...
#41 Cold Springs Trail 6.2 Miles Ketchum, ID An easier singletrack traverse off Warm Springs...
#42 Trail Creek Bike Path (Sun ... 3.0 Miles Ketchum, ID Easy paved trail between Ketchum and Sun Valley...
#43 Sunrise Loop Trail 1.1 Miles Ketchum, ID Trail above the bike path and Trail Crk Rd lead...
#44 Elk Trail 1.0 Miles Ketchum, ID A gently graded and wide route leading to other...
#45 Selgren's Trail 2.2 Miles Ketchum, ID Selgren's Trail provides access to some of...
#46 Valley View Trail 0.8 Miles Ketchum, ID A trail making up part of the Sun Valley Compan...
#47 Lane's / Sunnyside Trail 2.2 Miles Sun Valley, ID A fun, swooopy beginner trail with easy access.
#48 Traverse Trail 2.1 Miles Ketchum, ID Doubletrack providing a connection for the reso...
#49 Mahoney - Lodgepole Connector 1.1 Miles Ketchum, ID An exposed, dusty climb that will test your spi...
#50 Oregon - Fox Connector 3.7 Miles Sun Valley, ID Steep both up and down, this trail offers a cha...
#51 Cow Creek Trail 3.8 Miles Ketchum, ID Beautiful views, with wildflowers during peak s...
#52 Nadya's Connector 0.3 Miles Hailey, ID
#53 Serpent Connector 0.2 Miles Sun Valley, ID
#54 Saddle Road Connector - hel... 0.2 Miles Ketchum, ID
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