White Cloud Trails - Outer Loop
ElevationAscent: 452' 138 m
Descent: -449' -137 m
High: 6,240' 1,902 m
Low: 5,943' 1,811 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
Current trail conditions
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“Gently graded trails forming a loop around Sun Valley's White Cloud golf course and subdivision.”— Chris Leman
Some of the best scenery along the route is available on the western side of the loop. Here riders traveling clockwise get a good look at Griffin Butte standing above the Adams Gulch drainage. Traveling in the other direction orients riders toward Bald Mountain and the rooftops of Ketchum.
While not as busy as some trails in the valley, this loop's proximity to town and its accessibility help make it a well used loop. Take it easy, this is a popular place for a relaxed stroll or ride.
The trails along this loop were designed to accommodate beginners. The grades of the climbs are generally in the 5% to 7% range, and the trail tread is quite wide relative to other area singletrack trails. While designed with beginners in mind, some beginners and less fit riders may find it necessary to dismount and push their bikes up some of the more demanding sections of the climbs. This is part of the process of learning to mountain bike. In time, riders gain strength and develop their bike handling skills to the point where once difficult trail segments become rideable.
The tread of the trails making up the White Clouds outer loop are mostly quite smooth. However, sections of the loop run through soils containing larger rounded rocks, and these are present as embedded rocks in the trail tread in these spots. This changeable trail tread helps keep things interesting and increases the technical challenge presented by the route.
In the springtime, the sunnier south facing portions of these trails dry out relatively early. Snow and wet conditions linger longer where the trails pass over more northerly aspects. Heed any closure signs that may be present in the spring, and use your own good judgement if you encounter wet conditions during other times of the year (following rain or snow events). A good general rule of thumb: Turn back if you are leaving a muddy track.
Several side trails branch off of the main loop. The trails that drop off of the Sellgren's Trail are more narrow and challenging than the trail's making up the main loop.
The short, gently graded Sunrise Loop Trail can be added to this ride. Bikers riding the outer loop have the opportunity to tie into the Sunrise Loop at either the Carol's Trailhead, or about 1/2 mile up from the trailhead on the Valley View Trail.
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