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    Stanley riding labour day weekend - still do-able with the fires in sun valley ?

    Hi

    Me and wife are currently on Holiday in states having flown over from the UK on saturday

    One the main reasons for the trip was I'd always wanted to ride in was the sunvalley / stanley areas - hence our wierd route of Washington -> oregon -> Idaho -> Utah ->Colorado which let us sandwich in sunvalley on our scheudle for a long weekend over labour day

    But having read the threads here it seems that my plans are now out

    we were going to stay in Hailey

    Should we completly write off our planned trip up there ? - or will riding up at Stanley still be an option - what route would be best to get to Stanley avoiding the fires ?

    Alteratively would riding around Boise ? be a good alternative - as we were going to stay a night there anyway on the way to SV which i could extend out

    Thanks in advance
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    if you're coming from oregon to idaho. then, just go from boise to stanley on hwy. 21.

    or, take hwy 55 to banks...hang a right (east) on banks-lowman road. (33 miles or so). at the intersection of hwy. 21 and banks-lowman road...go north (left).

    there are places to stay in stanley and lower stanley if you're doing the hotel thing.

    another option would be to head over to the teton valley area (driggs) and/or jackson, wy.

    they've asked for people to stay out of the wood river valley area (ketchum, sun valley, hailey).

    so, if you head to stanley...and you are heading down to utah afterwards...then, i guess you'd have to go to challis, then south on 93 through mackay and to arco...

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    Hang out in Boise

    Looks like your best option is to hang around Boise. I wish I were going to be around to host a ride or two for you but I'll be out of town. I hope some one else will step up and show you around. There is lots of buff single and double track around the Foothills and up at Bogus Basin, if you ask on the board here you may get someone to show you the places with rocks and such. Do a search for the Ridges to Rivers map on this forum and you will find out how and where to get one. Have a great trip. I will be back Tuesday afternoon if your still going to be around and would like me to show you my loop on Table Rock send me a PM ahead of time.
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    No smoke in stanley

    We were up there over the weekend and it was perfectly clear and it is definatly worth the stop and there is plenty of riding to be had. Then just drive throught challis and down 93 on your way to utah.

    Try and pic up the adventure map for stanley, it is the best map available..

    On the way from stanley to challis do the ride off the east fork that is from little boulder to big boulder and goes by frog lake. It is a killer ride!
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    boise is not a destination for mtn. biking...imo. especially since you're over here in the states for vacation. treat yourself to the stanley area. try to find somewhere to stay quick...that area is the only area not on fire, it seems. so, the crowds will be up there this holiday weekend.

    plenty of places to camp. campgrounds and dispersed. fire restrictions, of course. you can use your stove...but no campfires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilycook
    On the way from stanley to challis do the ride off the east fork that is from little boulder to big boulder and goes by frog lake. It is a killer ride!
    we might try to do that one this weekend, but i usually prefer to moto that trail during the week to avoid some of the crowd. we're going up to stanley to ride sat and sun. no pedal bikes yet tho.

    hopefully the smoke will continue blowing the other way.
    mark weaver
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    Saw your post

    I to was on holiday to the US from N.Ireland and hooked up with friends who live in Ketchum. We were there during the fire all the trails around SV where closed at that time but are probably opening up now. We rode mainly up around Stanley and there is some stellar riding to be had, we got in

    Fisher creek (a must do) and
    Potato mountain

    some of the trails north of ketchum where also open and not effected by authority enforced closurers. We where able to also do

    Priary lake to Miner

    no issues with air quality

    have fun and stay fast

    Mark

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    don't forget all the hot springs on the banks-lowman rd.....

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