With the warmer side of Spring showing up for this weekend, we wanted to give you a quick recap of what’s open and available for your two wheeled enjoyment here in the Wood River Valley. At this time, the Wood River Trail and Sun Valley Trail (a.k.a. the bike path) are open top to bottom. There are a couple patches of ice just to the east and west of the entrance to Lane Ranch, so watch out for those if you’re in the area. The highway north is dry and we’ve inquired with ITD as to when they might be able to come and sweep the shoulder clean from the winter’s debris, but we’ve not gotten a response yet. Either way, just be aware that the spring roadways are often covered with a layer of sand from the winter that can certainly wreak havoc on your traction. The BCRD Pump Park is opening up today @ noon and looks to be in great shape. The Ketchum Pump park is almost ready to go, but not quite there yet.
On the mountain bike side of the action, your options here are pretty limited at this time. The bottom line is that:
All Forest Service Trails and BLM trails are closed at this time.
A couple of small exceptions to that are Carbonate, Shelter Trail (along the bottom of Carbonate) and the Toe of the Hill Trail. These three trails are open and dry.
With the winter we’ve had, it won’t take too long for things to melt out if the weather stays sunny & warm. Please be patient! The spring trail closures are the most important tool we have for minimizing trail damage. Ignoring the signs and causing damage to the trails can cause the trail to stay closed for a longer period while the damage is repaired. It can also get you a citation, so think about it!
If you are out and approach a muddy section, please go through the mud. Do not go around the mud as doing so results in “braiding” of the trail and in the end we go from having a singletrack trail to a more “path-like” corridor that is super wide and environmentally damaging. Not to mention, it’s the singletrack we want, so don’t destroy it!
If you’re a mountain biker and you’re looking for some longer options, we would still urge you to head down to Kimberly and knock yourself out on the beautiful trails they have built. With the higher stuff opening up down there, you can ride until your heart is content and your legs are blown and you still won’t cover it all.
These trails have been beautifully and carefully hand-crafted by a few locals down in the Twin Falls and Kimberly area. These trails have been around for a couple of years and are now starting to hit the “radar” and become more popular. The crew down there doesn’t mind the word getting out about their secret stash of local sweetness that they’ve devoted so much time and effort to. Feel free to go down and check out what they have to offer and say “thanks” if you run into any of the locals out there who made this goodness a reality. Attached are 3 files. One shows you how to get from Kimberly to the trailhead. The next one is a close-up of the trail network right around the parking area, and the third one shows the trails from a wider perspective.