Friday, July 27, 2012

Philllips Ridge Mountain Bike Trail Teton Pass

Phillips Ridge one of the longest rides on Teton pass.  Some pictures of the ride and a video showing most of the descent.  Biggest part of the trail are the multiple tight switchbacks that seem to never stop.  Great practice on turns.  Wider berms towards the end are nice though.


Arrow Trail Teton Pass WY

Phillips Canyon Mountain Bike Trail Teton Pass WY

Phillips Canyon is another long ride on the pass that has options to make in a little longer or shorter depending on what trails you do on top.  The actual trail in the canyon is one of the more technical trails that isn't downhill bike only.  Lots of rock with some good drops.  Video shows most of the downhill.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cache to Game Creek Mountain Bike Trail Jackson WY 2012

Update to my previous post on the trail

Trail still rocks! A must do for anyone in the Jackson area on bikes.

Footage of the trail from the top of the divide to about 1/2 mile from the end.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Black Canyon Mountain Bike trail Teton Pass 2012

Here is an update from last years ride.  Ride is a lot funner on a full suspension bike.  Tried it as a loop this year.  Right at 10 miles, 6 up and 4 down.  Parked at the trail creek trail head around 630am and headed out.  Took a little over 2hrs to get back to the truck.  First time riding up the old pass road.  I did want to quit and head back a number of times.  All rideable but really long for me.  I was pretty tired by the time I hit the singletrack climb.  I did see two different momma moose with babies on the way up.  The downhill had a few more rutted out root drops than I remember from last year.  I put the bike down twice but nothing major.  Still a great ride a little funner if you can shuttle though in my opinion.

Some video showing what the the downhill looks like.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rocky Peak Mountain Bike Trail Pine Creek Pass Victor ID

This trail starts the same place as the Red Creek Trail.  First 2 and a half miles are the same then you branch off to the right at a signed junction.  Trail can be done as a loop with 3 miles of it on Pine Creek Pass hwy or shuttle if you don't want to climb 2 miles up the pass.  I shuttled it and would probably find it hard to add 2 more miles of up to the trail that would be required if you couldn't shuttle.  This trail has alot of uphill with hike a bike sections.  Gain close to 1500' of elevation.  It does provide amazing views of Teton Valley and the Grand Teton.  At one high point you can see Teton Valley with the Grand on one side and see down into Swan Valley on the other.  Once you get to the uninterrupted downhill be ready for rock.  I had the good fortune of riding this on a 29er so I through caution to the wind knowing it would eat up everything the trail would offer.  If you are on a HT 26 look out.  Trail down is full of fist to shoe size loose rock.  Picking your line down is important.  On the 29er the trail was amazingly fun going down.  Almost erased the memory of the climb up.  Trail takes a ridgeline down void of trees until you hit the last 1/2 mile.  Amazing views the whole way.

The downhill is really fast and full of rock and really fun.  However the climb up is pretty brutal with lots of hike a bike.  Fun to do at least once!

Red Creek Mountain bike trail Pine Creek Pass Victor ID

Red Creek trail makes for a really fun downhill after an hour long climb.  The stem part of the picture is the Spooky trail.  It starts about a mile west of the summit.  Parts of the trail do take awhile to melt from the snow so this isn't a first of the year ride.  After your done climbing your descent takes you fast downhill with tight turns. Once you're down the first mile you get to cross the stream multiple times unless you ride a 29er and can ride them all except maybe one.  Nothing major just plan on getting your feet wet.  You get some nice tight rocky sections to give you a technical feel of the trail.  Nothing too major just enough to keep you on your toes and make it interesting.  You get some jumps on the small section that is double track.  Almost entire trail is singletrack.  Small mile climb back up to Spooky then rip back to the car!

I got to do this ride on a Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er and LOVED every minute of it.
Trail is recommended just know you do have an hour long climb with some hike a bike.  About 9 miles total.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rush Hour mountain bike trail Victor, ID

Here is a google earth shot of Nemo (on the left) and Rush Hour (right).

Rush Hour is 2 miles long and done as an out n back or you could loop it by going on the hwy.  I'd just do it as an out n back since it is funner that way.  The trail heads up to the Stateline (WY/ID) and stops.  There is a parking lot there or on the bottom on the old Jackson hwy.  From the old Jackson hwy is probably the nicer out n back.  Trail has short uphill stretches either way you go.  Some nice banked turns and bridge crossings.  I'd rate it as another beginner trail along with Nemo for the lack of drops or jumps.  It does make for a nice after or before work ride.

Nemo mountain bike trail, base of teton pass Idaho side

Nemo bike trail is a hidden little gem by the Mike Harris campground outside of Victor.  Rumor has it that this is an illegally built trail.  So I haven't found it on any of our local maps or bike guide books but it is on the internet.  There aren't any signs saying you can't ride it either.  It has a short mile long climb up a powerline road.  Then it takes some nice flowy turns through the forest back to the car for about another 2 miles.  This is more of a beginners trail for our area in my opinion.  There aren't any real root drops or rocky sections.  Just nice clean trail through the forest.  It does provide fun and takes about 30 minutes to do the whole thing.  I recommend adding the Rush Hour trail with it so you get more bang for the buck.  Rush Hour is just across the highway and you don't even have to move your car

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shadow Mountian Bike Trail North of Jackson Wy.

Took a trip over to Jackson to try this trail out the other day.  I've been wanting to ride it for quite some time now but never had the pieces all fall together.  Reviews and some youtube videos on it all looked to good to pass up.  I was right.  Way to fun of a downhill to pass up.  It is out of the way but well worth the trip.  Starts out with a long ridable climb up a forest service road.  Lasts for a little over 3 miles.  The trail then cuts off to the left for some of the best singletrack descents around.  You start out in some Aspens move through pine trees break out into the open hillside then back into aspen dropping you out into the sagebrush.  Trail changes just as much.  Smooth flowy track mixed it with some nice root drops, tight S turns, and some rock for good measure.
Take a right on Antelope Flats road just north of the Moose WY exit.  When you come to the end of the road take a left.  Follow it until you pass a large house on your right.  Then look for a large camping/parking area.  There is a forest service trail marker there.  Ride the forest service road about 3 miles to the top, trail is on the left.  When you get to the bottom of the single track you run into double track.  Ride it out towards the power lines then turn left and head back to your vehicle.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sharks Belly and Bovine mountain bike trail --Big hole mountains -- teton valley ID

Here is a little video I shot of the Sharks Belly and Bovine trail located in the Big Hole mountains west of Driggs.  The trail system lets you combine multiple trails in the area for however long a ride you want to do.  I just did this trail as an out and back yesterday to try out my new camera.  Bovine takes 15-20 minutes to climb than another 15-20 to get to the end of Sharks Belly.  There is a 4 way trail junction at the end.  Video starts at the trail junction heading back to the truck.  Sharks Belly is more enjoyable going this direction.  Out n back is 5.67 miles elevation gain of about 777 ft roughly an hour.  Bovine trail takes you out in the open, Sharks Belly is complete opposite with you riding in solid trees.