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    Please help! Need destinations for 2 month MTB road-trip (going through ID, MT,WY)...

    The wife and I have been saving for over a year for this trip and just recently purchased an RV to traverse a loop around all the best MTB states for 2 months. We live in Northern California, and are planning to go from here to Utah, then Colorado, to Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and finally to BC. We're leaving May 1st, so I'm trying to dial in our route. We have some obvious places already, such as Moab, Whistler, etc. But I'm also looking for lesser known but epic trails in each state. We just trail-ride on XC hardtails so not really looking for anything northshore, just long beautiful trails. Hoping you guys can offer some suggestions in your ID/WY/MT...don't forget to mention the city too...Also, any route suggestions from Colorado through these states up to Canada would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks so much for any help!

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    In Idaho you won't wanna miss the Stanley/Sun Valley area, and there are lots of guide books to the area. Pocatello has some great riding as well as the Boise area if you are around either of the two. Have fun

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    No riding in Teton Valley, none at all!!!

    Oh, except for the 200 miles or so of singletrack.

    Sorry, I forgot about that!
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    In sun valley, wolftone creek plus many others. Stanley, classics include fisher creek/William's creek. elk meadows..... The Sawtooth National Recreation area outside of Sun Valley has some RV camping and some non no-hookup camping behind it.

    There is loon lake and others in McCall area.

    IMHO there is nothing destination in Boise area.

    Check out the IMBA epic rides list. It covers loon Lake. Also, I think the Umpqua river trail in sw Oregon is worth going to.
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    Really good singletrack at the rest area on I-80 between Laramie and Cheyenne WY. The have a race up there every year.

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    If you pass through Bozeman, MT it would be worth your time to check out the Bangtail Divide and Emerald Lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BridgerSkier
    If you pass through Bozeman, MT it would be worth your time to check out the Bangtail Divide and Emerald Lake.
    2nd that motion. Both are great rides. Emerald Lake is the epitome of a perfect high mountain lake....absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and the ride is a blast too.

    History rock loop is also a pretty fun quick ride while you're up Hyalite (Emerald lake is up Hyalite).

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    Sundance Area, Sundance Wy... RV park below my place, and TH in town and more TH with 3-5 miles of that area. 60 + miles of singletrack, and then also the SD Black Hills, Centennial, Deer Lake and other numerous trial, in the Rapid City, Spearfish Area.. All with in driving distance from Sundance...
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    N to BC? You could hit Silver Mt for some lift serve,then onto Spokane or N Idaho.... Farragut, Priest Lake, and then onto Rossland and Nelson....

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    Helena has the most underated xc butter I know of.

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    Where at in Helena? I get close to there now and again. Will the local shops give up directions easily? Maps?
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    Yeah, There are 3 shops and a local map. All the goods can be reached from the Gulch area in old downtown. It's basically 3 ridgelines with 3 gulches all connected and loopable with great singletrack.

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    Hyalite Camping

    So if you hit those bozone trails up hyalite that those guys were talking about you can camp up Hyalite with the RV to access all that riding, its really nice camping around hylite lake with riding going off in every direction

    have a nice trip!

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    Hey thanks fellas! Sorry for the late reply, have been busy getting the RV tuned-up/outfitted and trying to prepare the rest of our life (bills while were gone, getting rid of aquarium, etc). I had Sun Valley on our list (bet you can guess why), I'm checking out the others now. Thanks also to the guys who PM'd me and offered to guide/ride...I will get back to you guys when I have the dates more polished...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit
    No riding in Teton Valley, none at all!!!

    Oh, except for the 200 miles or so of singletrack.

    Sorry, I forgot about that!
    Tell us more please or where can one find details? I'll be in jackson in June.

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    Make sure your RV tires are aired properly. Check at every fuel stop.
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    Davidarnott is right, Hyalite area south of Bozeman has a great proliferation and variety of trails, and with 3 campgrounds, you could spend 4 or 5 days there and maybe hit half of the trails. The Bangtail Divide Trail is a superb example of a long, non-technical ride. Just north of Bozeman, it is about 26 miles long. One of the best rides anywhere is the Curly Lake Loop in the Tobacco Root Mtns. near Whitehall, MT. It opens July 15. One more note, the fledgling forum, www.bozemanbiketalk.com; should be checked before you come through S.W. Montana.

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    Haven't tried Curley Lake (yet), but my favorite singletrack around Bozeman is Wapiti Creek (off the Taylor Fork access, just south of Big Sky)

    If you'll be in BZN for long, get the "Bozeman Big Sky West Yellowstone Map" from any of the local bike shops...

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    More Bozeman Area Riding

    Folks visiting Bozeman may be interested to know that we have miles and miles of developed singletrack IN town. Lots of it is mellow and with excellent views. I personally dont know if there is an online map of this trail system but if someone else knows I hope they post it. For dang sure though if you just park at the Library you can head out in three directions. On the east side of the library there is a trail going into Lindley park that takes a Y and both sides go for miles and miles up sourdough ridge and past the hospital. A quarter mile south of the Library begins a sometimes confusing set of trail that goes past the museum of the rockies all the way to the Gallatin mountains. North on Wallace street takes you to a trail system that leaves at the intersection of Wallace and the railroad tracks and leads to miles of developed trail especially nice stuff at the East Gallatin Recreation Center.

    Its an impressive trail system and it shows real committment on the part of the City and countless volunteers. Enjoy!

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    Agreed David.....
    I rode Story Hills for the first time today (north on Wallace) and was happy. It's all really non-technical riding...but fun, none-the-less. There really is a *lot* of it on this end of town. I live just east of town on Bozeman Trail and I'm finding that there is a ton of riding right from my house. I am anxious for the snow to melt up higher though.

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    Idahoe

    Seeing as Idahoe is somewhere between colorado and whistler, you will have to traverse through here at some point. If you do Bozeman, you will probably cross through north Idahoe, but if your route is more southern and you are able to come up out of utah, then I second the recommendations to swing through Sun Valley/Stanley.

    Both areas have beautiful scenery and many classic trails to choose from. SV has some volcanic rock mostly on the west side of the big wood river (adams gulch, greenhorn, chocolate, etc.) and can be hard on tires, but I wouldn't let that stop you. Most of the rest of the two areas are decomposed granite and much more tire friendly.

    SV also has bars and restaurants, motels and hotels, bike shops and espresso, and I'm sure there will be some good RV parking. Also parking and possible overnite at some of the trailheads.

    Stanley area and the Sawtooth mountains sixty miles to the north have incredible vistas and just as incredible riding. Big, wide open valley with Salmon river flowing through it, hemmed in by big mountains on both sides. Lots of camping areas and many, many RV parking/camping outside of designated sites.

    Good food and bars, espresso and laundry, bike shop and stores, and hot springs. The Bakery in Stanley is very good breakfast/coffee. The Casino Club used to be great dinner/salad bar-don't know if it still is, but recommend it.

    Quite a few lakes in Stanley area to visit/camp and even ride at. Both Redfish lake (showers and lodge/store/restaurant) and Stanley lake are good choices. Great day hiking into the Sawtooths and boat shuttle to far end of lake at Redfish that deposits you in the mountains at a remote campsite and trailhead.

    Lots of riding in Stanley area, but most of the trails are not in guidebook ("good dirt"-pick it and excellent waterproof bike trail map up in SV.) Those that are (Fisher creek, Little Basin creek) are good single track that you would like. Early season in the high country could present you with winter downfall across the trails, but we had a mild winter with minimal snow, so it should be gone.

    I recommend stopping in at both the bike shop in Stanley and the Stanley ranger office to find out about trail conditions in the Stanley area. Fisher creek is usually opened early as it is ridden hard by lots of people.

    Have a good trip, be safe and bring your bug spray.
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    Ah, tons more of good info - thanks guys, especially mudflap!

    Quick question - we are now thinking to spend limited time in Colorado due to the snow present on a lot of the trails when we'd be there (late May). How is the riding in places like Sun Valley and Bozeman in late May/early June???

    Thanks again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tag1
    How is the riding in places like Sun Valley and Bozeman in late May/early June???
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    In SV, it could be wet, slushy and muddy or it could be clear and excellent conditions. Spring weather (specially this year) can be finicky. Having said that, there maybe some trails that will be rideable by then. Check back here in a couple of weeks. If SV is still wet, you can always hit Pocatello, Boise, Owyhee trails...

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    Late May/Early June

    Typically, these months would be a little early for riding in the high country around SV and Stanley.

    Last year, in late June we encountered many dead trees across the trails and snow above 7500 feet. Snow at that elevation was mostly on N. aspects and in shaded areas, but the blowdown was on all aspects.

    This year we have had half the normal snowfall and I would "guess" that meltdown is a month sooner, especially with our milder spring so far. Stanley is at 6,300 feet and although it isn't really indicative of trail conditions, it has been snow free for weeks now. For an updated view of Stanley and Sawtooths, check out Sawtooth Camera @ http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~dpinney/fullsize.html

    Trees across the trail are a different matter. They don't get cleared until the usfs trail contractors get in and clean 'em up: usually mid summer at the earliest. But, having to stop for a tree now and then shouldn't stop you from a ride.

    SV should have riding sooner than Stanley, so you can always wile away an easy week of riding down there.

    Also, any areas (Whiteclouds) east/north-east of the Sawtooths should have even less snow, as the Sawtooths suck most of the moisture out of the storms, and there are some great rides at the N. end of the Whiteclouds (up the East Fork of the Salmon River.) Big Boulder Creek to Little Boulder Creek via Frog Lake and a 9,600 foot pass, which may be a little high for the time of year, but this year is anybodies guess. It is great non-technical single track, 22 mile loop including: 4 miles gravel and 1000 foot climb from pavement to trailhead, two miles of pavement at end of ride, and good options for in/out instead of loop.

    Given that all of the Stanley trails would be open, you could easily find a couple weeks worth of riding there.

    Even if you don't get many or any of the higher elevation rides in the Stanley area, you can find lots of lower elevation trails (Knapp crk, Valley crk, Elk Mountain @ Stanley lake, Decker Flat) and primitive roads to ride. This area is so beautiful that just being there will fullfill most of your outdoor requirements.
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    late May is early for Bozeman

    Most low trails have a little snow remaining. All the high trails are still snowy. One trail is good in the wet weather, the 401 trail. Fortunately it's 22 miles long. It will probably be open. Pipestone near Butte will be open. Helena will be good.

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    If you're coming east through CO to the Front Range, there are two great networks between Cheyenne and Laramie in WY called Happy Jack (30 miles of trail) and Vedauwoo (20 miles) that are adjacent to each other. Vedauwoo is open, and Happy Jack will be snow free hopefully in a couple of weeks. Check out the trail descriptions on: www.singletracks.com , as well as descriptions for other trails around Laramie. The trails in the Snowy Range (Medicine Bow Mountains) west of Laramie will take a while to melt and dry out (June or longer).

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    North Idaho Rides

    If you are on your way to BC I would recommend heading through Coeur d'Alene, ID and Sandpoint, ID. For two great buttery trails I would recommend Bernard Peak at the South end of Lake Pend Oreille and then the Gold Hill Trail just south of Sandpoint. Great riding and killer views!

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