There is something magical about long loop bile rides in the wilderness backcountry.
I’m not gonna lie – the 2,500ft climb nearly 14 miles to the 9,600ft summit today was harder than I was expecting.
That said, propelled by stunning views, a solid Spotify playlist, and the promise of a killer descent, it wasn’t too hard making peace with mountains on their terms, in their turf.
We have such a great spot for the summer located just outside of Ketchum.
A five minute spin to the trailhead provides a gateway to miles and miles of flow trail.
Ketchum is a bikers paradise. Hit me up if you pass through the area and we will ride.
We are officially in the potato state, our “Idahome” for the summer.
Joining me for the initial ride, my brother-in-law leads the way towards Stripe Rock.
City Of Rocks National Reserve is a popular destination for climbers, but cyclists will find some nice flow trails.
With our time in Ketchum (Idaho) winding down, I’m scrambling to find (new-to-me) high alpine riding areas that are open for the season; many locations remain buried in snow/mud or are temporarily off-limits due to seasonal closures aimed at protecting mothering elks and their newly born calves.
Hmm … now what?
Enter the #galenatrails, or more specifically the #galenagrinder mountain bike course, to the rescue.
One of Idaho’s longest running races, the course is steeped in history and hits most of the trail network over a 25 mile effort.
Checking off multiple boxes (mixed terrain, hills, beautiful scenery, etc.), it was a no-brainer to download the course to my GPS, drive 30 minutes to the trailhead, and under deep blue skies get lost in the backcountry for a few a hours.
While places like Moab and Sedona routinely get all the MTB love (and deservingly so) these big mountain trails will always be my preferred scene.