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118 mi 191 km of trail 7 Rides

Easy Trails 14 Trails Intermediate Trails 20 Trails Hard Trails 4 Trails

Local Info

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, well-established guide services, two excellent grocery stores, and a handful of great pubs for post-ride libations. You should have no difficulty getting your bike worked on or shopping for new gear, as the Wood River Valley boasts 12 full services bike shops.

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

Visiting Tips

Springtime in the Rockies can be fickle. Sometimes it comes on with a rush, with warm temperatures and trails opening early. Other years we get a late spring with cold wet weather where the mud season seems to drag on and on. Regardless, spring brings temporary trail closures. The trails are opened as they dry out.

In general, the trails in the south valley dry out and open the earliest, with some mid-valley trail opportunities usually opening soon there after. Sections of our highest trails, and those with more northern aspects, may remain closed until June, but again, its different from year to year.

The Blaine County Recreation District Summer Traillink website is a useful site for local trail information, trail updates, and news about what trails are open and which might be closed. The site's address is:
trails.bcrd.org/

Things can be really hot and dry in the summer, but there's a huge variety of microclimates found in the Wood River Valley. When things are hot on the valley floor our area's high alpine trails offer an escape from the heat. Many trails lead to cold mountain lakes and along creeks where shade and the presence of water make everything feel just that much cooler.

This far north, the sun rises early and you can ride until 9pm for most of the summer, so take advantage of the long summer days. As the season progresses the temperatures mellow and things get very comfortable. As fall approaches the sun gets lower in the southern sky, and with that the light in the valley seems to take on a special quality. The scenery on October afternoon rides seems to shimmer with a golden light.

In the summer, afternoon thunderstorms are common, especially in the big mountains to the north.

Camping & Lodging

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

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Wood River Valley bike shops:


Sun Valley riding is bucket list worthy, and if you're looking for advice or support for a bike trip here, definitely contact Western Spirit Cycling. Their guides have these trails dialed, plus they will get their massive support truck to camp, whip up amazing food, and keep the beer cold.

Food & Drink

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 Adventure Projects 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-workout 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.

Perry's Restaurant in Ketchum is a great place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is nice and low key, but the food is of a very high quality. Free wifi.

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 outings.

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 trip!

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!

Powerhouse in Hailey features a bike shop, bike fitting studio, great beer and food.

The longest running coffee shop in Ketchum is The Coffee Grinder. Owner Nikki Potts serves up great coffee and food and an atmosphere where it's easy to make new friends and chat about what's happening in the valley.

Galena Lodge is 23 miles north of Ketchum on Highway 75. The trip is well worth the effort as the lodge features awesomely delicious food, a full bar, and a network of trails that is growing by the day.

Areas Within Sun Valley and Ketchum

Rides in Sun Valley and Ketchum - 7

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Favorite Sunset on Corral Creek Trail
Intermediate

Corral Creek

6.7 mi 10.7 km • Loop • 596 ft Ascent 181.71 m Ascent

(15) Sun Valley, ID
Favorite Just awesome.  Period.
Intermediate

Bald Mountain Big Descent

13.6 mi 21.9 km • Point to Point • 411 ft Ascent 125.41 m Ascent

(9) Ketchum, ID
Favorite Dry trail, but amazing scenery just north of downtown Ketchum
Intermediate/Difficult

Adams Gulch Loop/Griffin Butte Loop

6.8 mi 10.9 km • Loop • 1,269 ft Ascent 386.64 m Ascent

(13) Sun Valley, ID
Favorite Awesome scenery on Edge of the World
Difficult

Oregon Gulch Loop

25.7 mi 41.3 km • Loop • 2,675 ft Ascent 815.41 m Ascent

(3) Sun Valley, ID
Favorite Harper's is a super fun trail, with amazing views across the valley
Intermediate/Difficult

Adam's Gulch Intermediate Loop

10.9 mi 17.6 km • Loop • 1,946 ft Ascent 593.19 m Ascent

(15) Sun Valley, ID
Favorite Riding on the White Cloud Trails.
Easy/Intermediate

White Cloud Trails - Outer Loop

4.2 mi 6.8 km • Loop • 452 ft Ascent 137.66 m Ascent

(7) Sun Valley, ID
Favorite Dry trail, but amazing scenery just north of downtown Ketchum
Intermediate

Adam's Gulch Beginner Loop

6.1 mi 9.8 km • Loop • 687 ft Ascent 209.3 m Ascent

(5) Sun Valley, ID

Trails in Sun Valley and Ketchum - 31

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1.1 mi 1.8 km #1Forbidden Fruit Flow Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
1.1 mi 1.8 km Sun Valley, ID 15 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #2Pale Rider
Difficult
Ketchum, ID
Difficult
1.1 mi 1.8 km Ketchum, ID
3.8 mi 6.2 km #3Pioneer Cabin Trail #122
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
3.8 mi 6.2 km Sun Valley, ID
5.8 mi 9.3 km #4Fox Creek Loop
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
5.8 mi 9.3 km Sun Valley, ID 18 
8.7 mi 13.9 km #5Warm Springs Trail
Intermediate
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate
8.7 mi 13.9 km Ketchum, ID
7.6 mi 12.3 km #6Eve's Gulch
Intermediate/Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
7.6 mi 12.3 km Sun Valley, ID
3.2 mi 5.1 km #7Saddle-Up Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
3.2 mi 5.1 km Ketchum, ID 13 
1.8 mi 2.9 km #8Lupine Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Ketchum, ID
Easy/Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.9 km Ketchum, ID
3.6 mi 5.9 km #9River Run Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
3.6 mi 5.9 km Ketchum, ID
7.9 mi 12.7 km #10Adam's Rib #142
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
7.9 mi 12.7 km Sun Valley, ID
3.8 mi 6.0 km #11Mindbender Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
3.8 mi 6.0 km Ketchum, ID
7.1 mi 11.4 km #12Cold Springs Trail
Intermediate
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate
7.1 mi 11.4 km Ketchum, ID 11 
2.6 mi 4.2 km #13Harper's Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
2.6 mi 4.2 km Sun Valley, ID
1.7 mi 2.7 km #14Shadyside Trail
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.7 km Sun Valley, ID
2.0 mi 3.2 km #15Griffin Butte Connector
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.2 km Sun Valley, ID
2.3 mi 3.7 km #16Broadway Saddle Trail
Intermediate
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.7 km Ketchum, ID
5.2 mi 8.4 km #17Bald Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
5.2 mi 8.4 km Ketchum, ID
0.9 mi 1.4 km #18Heidelberg
Intermediate
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.4 km Ketchum, ID
1.6 mi 2.5 km #19Adams-Lake Creek Connector
Intermediate/Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
1.6 mi 2.5 km Sun Valley, ID
3.8 mi 6.2 km #20Adams Gulch
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
3.8 mi 6.2 km Sun Valley, ID

Photos of Sun Valley and Ketchum - 110

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Harper's is a super fun trail, with amazing views across the valley
Oct 10, 2019 near Sun Valley, ID
Absolutely incredible views as you climb Cold Springs towards the top
Oct 10, 2019 near Ketchum, ID
Flowy singletrack coming down Adam's Rib
Aug 16, 2018 near Sun Valley, ID
Dreaming of Sun Valley - A look at our newest and some of our existing biking trails on Baldy!
Jun 12, 2018 near Ketchum, ID
Dry trail, but amazing scenery just north of downtown Ketchum
Aug 16, 2018 near Sun Valley, ID
Wildflowers everywhere on Adam's Rib!
Jul 9, 2019 near Sun Valley, ID
You can really go fast around the well-built berms on the Saddle-Up Flow Trail!
Jul 5, 2017 near Ketchum, ID
The descent on Fox is fast and flowy.
Jun 16, 2017 near Sun Valley, ID