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    Trail beta/recommendations between Jackson and Boise

    Moving back to California from Chicago, and doing a nice little road trip on my way out there. Going to be in Ft. Laramie for the eclipse, then plan to start riding around Jackson/Victor and then on to Boise. Never ridden in these areas, I'm curious if there are any favorite trails you'd recommend. My partner and I are both experienced riders (she raced bikes in Santa Cruz, I have quite a bit of experience around Tahoe, Downieville, up and down Oregon, etc), will be on trail bikes.

    Looking for fun trail rides of varying lengths (shuttles are less ideal, as we're driving by ourselves), and we love a good pedal. For added detail, we'll be staying with a friend in Wilson, WY, so best to do day trips from there around Jackson, and then we haven't decided where to camp outside of Boise. Bonus points for good camping recommendations.

    All of this is taking place in late August, so heat is a factor. Thanks in advance.

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    If you aren't pressed for time, take Route 20 through Arco and then to Sun Valley. Plenty of riding there, and lots of threads talking about it. 50 miles north in the Sawtooths is rockier, then you could take hwy. 21 back to Boise. If you are used to Tahoe, the Sawtooths are almost all granite, so that would be familiar. If you go easy into the White Clouds its more marble and limestone. Wood River Valley is a mix of sedimentary rock and volcanic rock. If you make it to Boise, you can pay for a shuttle to Bogus Basin (Joyride Cycles does) and loop Around The Mountain and drop down Eastside to Sweet Connie or Mahalo to Dry Creek or Hard Guy. Boise trails mostly granite, with lakebed sediments and granite below about 3,500 feet, and some clay, sandstone, and volcanic rock at Table Rock.

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    Thanks! This is very useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by travis.bott View Post
    ...day trips from there around Jackson.
    Right out of Wilson are several loop options, namely centered off of Black Canyon or around Phillips. https://www.trailforks.com/region/teton-pass/
    Also Wilson Backcountry Sports right in Wilson for beta.

    Just over the border from Wilson at the bottom of the Pass is Mail Cabin-Mikesell. https://www.trailforks.com/trails/mikesell-203/ Great back-country-esque ride.

    Several good loops off of Cache Creek/Snow King right in Jackson. There is a great pathway system there, so you can ride from Wilson if you don't mind the extra miles. https://www.trailforks.com/region/snow-king-mountain/

    I always try to ride Ditch Creek-Horsetail when in the area. Some shuttle out the pavement. Again, if you don't mind the extra paved miles, the scenery is worth it. (https://www.trailforks.com/trails/horsetail-creek/)

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    In the Stanley area are many great rides.

    Popular is Fisher-Williams. While Williams is super fun, it is a 17 mile loop w/ 8 miles of fast, fairly easy singletrack.

    Here are some other Stanley Loops:
    Potato Mtn https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7011749
    Casinos Loop https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7011749
    Redfish Lake https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7003177

    Good camping at Redfish or Little Redfish Lakes if you get there early or it is not a weekend. I personally like Lola Creek CG at the north end of the valley. There are scattered campgrounds all along ID21 and many quiet forest roads to set up on.

    Idaho just went to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions so watch your sparks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chukt View Post
    In the Stanley area are many great rides.

    Popular is Fisher-Williams. While Williams is super fun, it is a 17 mile loop w/ 8 miles of fast, fairly easy singletrack.

    Here are some other Stanley Loops:
    Potato Mtn https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7011749
    Casinos Loop https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7011749
    Redfish Lake https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7003177

    Good camping at Redfish or Little Redfish Lakes if you get there early or it is not a weekend. I personally like Lola Creek CG at the north end of the valley. There are scattered campgrounds all along ID21 and many quiet forest roads to set up on.

    Idaho just went to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions so watch your sparks.
    Thanks for both of the above! We will likely check a lot of that out.

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    You're probably in the middle of your trip but here's more beta. Reference Trailforks and mtbrproject for the following areas.

    If you skip interior Idaho and stay on the interstate, Pocatello has a few days worth of riding and the high country stuff there is prime right now I would guess. As for Jackson, the cache creek trail system has some gems, good loops, etc - the snow king race course and climbs/descents on snow king. And like mentioned, blacks canyon and Phillips ridge off Teton pass are noteworthy. From Wilson, up Phillips and down blacks is good. Then hit the stagecoach bar for drinks and surprisingly good food. There's also good jump lines coming down from the pass and shuttling is as easy as sticking out your thumb in front of the stagecoach.

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    Thanks for all the contributions. For the record, we started in Jackson and rode on the pass, up Phillips ridge and down Phillips canyon. Then we went to the Horseshoe canyon system outside of Driggs, Idaho, which was pretty good, if not mind blowing. We then made it to Boise, and did the Hard Guy to Dry Creek loop (which is quite a climb). That's it for that region. Then we did a handful of days based in White Salmon, WA, and I'm currently in southern Oregon about to head south to CA.

    Thanks again for all the beta.

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