Summer (or at least sunny skies) have arrived and the weather is perfect for being outside. We suggest you get out there and make the most of it. The temps are perfect, the sky is clear, the days are long, the shade is cool, and the flowers are starting to “pop”…..This is what summer in Idaho is all about!
As most of you probably know, all trails are now open. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- You can still expect to find patches of snow on higher elevation northerly aspects.
- Trail crews are working in the Greenhorn drainage and on the local trails just north of Ketchum.
- Sheep are moving through. You can expect to see a band in the Croy Canyon area possibly on the Hidden Valley Loop and/or Bull Dog Trail. This band will likely be in this area until the end of June.
- Sheep are also located on the east side of Hwy 75 in the Lake Creek drainage and will be moving northward from there over the next couple of weeks.
- Sheep are also located on the upper reaches of Cow Creek in the Greenhorn drainage.
Soldier Mountain XC
If you’re looking for some other fun things to do this weekend, there is an XC Mountain Bike Race at Soldier Mountain on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. You can find out more here.
If you’re out on your road bike this weekend, please be aware that visitors are arriving to the valley and the campers are heading north in full force. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re on the road:
- Traffic over Galena Summit will be increasing. We would advise riding early or late and riding single file once you get north of the SNRA Headquarters.
- Traffic in town is growing more congested and many visitors find our traffic patterns to be confusing. Please ride slowly, cautiously, and defensively. Assume the worst and be pleasantly surprised when/if they do stop at the stop sign!
- The bike path is being prepped for seal coating starting next week. From the hospital to the north, you can expect to find freshly sealed “cracks” and the full coating will start on Monday. The bike path will be closed on this section starting Monday and may remain closed for all of next. We’ll keep you posted with updates next week on the progress of the seal coating crews.
Elephant’s Perch Town to Summit Race
On Sunday, the Elephant’s Perch will hold the second annual Town to Summit Bike Race. This race is a mass start format in front of the Elephant’s Perch. There will be a neutral rollout all the way to the Sun Valley Gun Club. From there the race is on all the way to the top of Trail Creek Summit. You can find out more here.
Sun Valley Rhythm & Rides Festival
Next week through next weekend (June 23-27) will be the first annual Sun Valley Rhythm & Rides Festival. The festivities start with the Ketchum Cruiser Criterium in the Forest Service Park in Ketchum on Wednesday afternoon and continue with multiple cycling and music events through the weekend. On Saturday, there will be live music in the Festival Field (just east of Ketchum on Sun Valley Rd) consisting of 4-5 live bands. The music is scheduled from 3-9 p.m. and the Wood River Bicycle Coalition will be offering a free ‘bike valet’ service. With the number of bikes that have been stolen in the valley recently, we wanted to offer this service to the public in order to encourage people to leave their cars at home and ride their bikes to the event. If you’re available and interested in helping out, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCRD Hailey 4th of July Criterium
Also, the BCRD Hailey 4th of July Criterium is scheduled for, get this, July 4th!! This is a high speed, high excitement event that promises to be one of the highlights of the weekend. The BCRD is currently looking for volunteers to help out with the event. If you’re available and can help out, please contact Susie Quesnel at email@example.com.
Croy Canyon Trail Map
Last but not least, we now have an 8.5 x 11 printable map of the Croy Creek Trail System! Check it out: