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    5 Days in Sun Valley

    I'll be in Sun Valley the week after Labor Day meeting my brother to mountain bike. I'll be there for 5 days. What are the "must-do" rides while I'm there? I'm from Colorado, so I can handle the high country. Thanks!
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    Hey, since you haven't gotten any responses I'll throw this in here - I haven't spent a bunch of time up there, but mostly you're not going to find 'high country' type experiences. It's not that chunky, but if you know what to expect it will still be a lot of fun.

    Right from downtown you can cycle over to the resort and ride the trails at Baldy. I wouldn't call one out as a 'must do' but you can ride loops for days there. I'd hit that at least once. Just north of town is a trail system with a couple trailheads: one is Fox Creek, one is Lake Creek. It's a little more wild and I like it a bit better. I'd recommend something similar here, just ride around and see where the day takes you. Adams Gulch is a favorite, and I like the Fox Creek loop as well. That is a directional trail, so keep an eye open.

    Finally, if you can get up north toward Stanley, you'll find a but more 'wilderness' type riding. Just check the pinned thread here for ideas. It's a drive, but worth it. Hope that helps!

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    Adam and Eve Gulch and Forbidden Fruit is fun. I think Croy Canyon area is riding well, but isn't really scenic. I've heard good stuff about the Galena trails.
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    So it sounds like Sun Valley isn't popular here for riding because there isn't much tech riding? With 400+ miles of trail, I've been wanting to visit sometime. I like variety, so i would be fine with smooth trails if the views are great. I also wonder if the locals are just keeping a hidden jem a bit more on the dl?

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    Sun Valley definitely isnt techy for the most part, there are some spots that are, but not as a whole. The trails were definitely built by more XC minded riders. They are lots of fun, and definitely worth riding, they don't fit my style well and I still go there a couple times a year.

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    Hey Brandon-

    We rode together a few times back when I lived in Denver (name is really Andrew). I spent a weekend in Sun Valley last year. The resort is meh, but worth spending a few hours at. Bring a half-shell, full face not needed. The trails I liked most were the Galena area. Several loops to do, and you can do a cool shuttle above that. Look for the trail that goes to Titus Lake, and park near that trailhead. Ride up to Titus Lake, then all the way down to Galena lodge. There is a cool cafe/bike shop there.

    We only tried one other trail, so I can't speak for much of the other area. Have fun!
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    Cow Creek to mahoney to greenhorn to imperial was a fun one.
    Fox Creek/chocolate gulch.
    If you don't mind heading north... Things get better.

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    Curlys. It's a pretty short but fast and steep ride.

    Broadway-Warm Springs. Long cross country riding. About half is in the trees, including some burned areas. Great trail to climb as well on a weekday with no crowds.

    Adams Gulch and Forbidden Fruit. Fun flow trail. Kinda short but you can session it.

    Chocolate-Fox. Actually has a couple of rocks on it which is cool. Scenic. Couple of easy hours in the saddle.

    Greenhorn-Imperial. Fast single-track. You could also make a much bigger ride by doing another loop on Mahoney/lodgepole. You could also ride all the way up to Mars Ridge but the rock is super shitty up there. It's volcanic, and in places there isn't a dirt surface, just several inches deep of marble size rocks that give no traction. It's weird.

    The whole Croy Canyon network. Fun loops, great flow trail, fun little basalt rock rollovers.

    Over Galena you have Fisher Creek which is awesome fast and fun cross country riding.

    You so have the redfish Lake loop which is an absolute blast. Rocks everywhere, bit all rideable and they are granite and bolted into the ground, not some loose shale like you find all over Sun Valley.

    The only "all day" kind of ride I've ever done there was Osberg Ridge. I parked at the highway and pedalled up the Baker Creek road which added a lot more climbing and quite a few miles to that ride. Most people shuttle it. Its billed as an epic ride. It was pretty, but I can't say I really enjoyed it. Lots of climbing, most of it without shade, and it came with very little payoff in downhill fun. The downhill fun was mostly on other trails. Osberg kind of just keeps climbing, and when it isn't climbing, it's traversing. Then you get a 90 second downhill and it's back to traversing.

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    Fisher Creek.... Not sure why everyone talks about this one lol. Ride the highway, ride the gravel, no views until you are back in the parking lot. /Confused

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    Fisher Creek.... Not sure why everyone talks about this one lol. Ride the highway, ride the gravel, no views until you are back in the parking lot. /Confused
    Did you ever stop at the top of that last climb before the big downhill and look behind you at the high peaks of the White Clouds? Rode it three times before I noticed.

    But beyond that, I like the backcountry feel, and I love that downhill in the trees.

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