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Hey guys and gals !
Mat here, I need some local info on the best single track to hit during our trip !

So, here is a quick background on our level.
We are experience riders, in our forties, 20 + years of riding at a good fitness level.
We did trips in Utah, Arizona, Oregon and Colorado.
Our riding preference is more enduro incline, but still love an epic 35 + miles of scenic, out there, back country ride.

We land in Salt Lake City on September 5, 2 pickup truck and 10 days ahead of us.
We want to hit the area around Salt Lake, Idaho and Wyoming
We try to keep the driving under 3 hours per day.

Shuttle ride ?
Hell yeah, with the 2 trucks we can.

We want to ride 9 out of the 10 days.
Last 2 days will probably be at Park City, close to the airport.

The stoke is on !
What are you suggestion ?
Thanks !
 

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Sounds like an awesome time. If you want to keep the driving reasonable each day, I wouldn't go much further than a loop from SLC to Ketchum & Stanley, then Driggs & Targhee, the trails on the pass at Jackson, and back down to Park City. Great riding in all the locations. Stanley & Redfish Lake are beautiful if you can get that far. Look at Granite Hot Springs outside Jackson for a worthy detour. Buy your beer in Idaho or Wyoming.
 

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September is *usually* pretty damn good here in the Tetons, but monitor the weather. You can’t really ride wet trails here (high clay content). All that being said, there is no end to what you seek here, but Grand Targhee And JH will be closed.
 

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Targhee will most likely be closed (my last ride there last year was September 11th), but the weather can be highly unpredictable and close it earlier than that. Lower elevation stuff around Pocatello and Kelly Canyon was rideable well into November last year, then the snow hit hard.

The Mink Creek area S of Pocatello has some nice options. The Pedalfest Enduro routes would be a challenge, and the East Fork/Crestline loop is a gem of a ride with nearly 2,800' of continuous downhill to earn. Both are on Trailforks if you want a preview.

I'd check back in around a week before your trip just to get a report on current conditions.

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Allright, thanks a lot for the feedback !

- Any trail in particular in Ketchum & Stanley?
- What about Boise, worth it ?
- What are the must trail in Park City in the SLC area
- Driggs, Targhee and Jackson hole will be closed when we get there ?

We arrive in SLC on september 5 and leave on september 15 !
 

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-Fischer-Williams creek is the classic ride in Stanley. Galena Lodge has built a lot of new trails that are supposed to be incredible, but I haven't ridden those yet.
-Boise is great, but is probably a little out of the way.
-Park City is always building more trails and my info is old there- I've had fun all over- bike parks and Mid Mtn trail.
-In SLC, I like Corner Canyon. My friends ride Snow Basin a lot.
-It seems crazy, but Targhee and JH could get snow that early- You just never know.
 

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Allright, thanks a lot for the feedback !

- Any trail in particular in Ketchum & Stanley?
- What about Boise, worth it ?
- What are the must trail in Park City in the SLC area
- Driggs, Targhee and Jackson hole will be closed when we get there ?

We arrive in SLC on september 5 and leave on september 15 !
As far as JH and Targhee, you're fighting how far north we are and the elevation. Grand Targhee ranges from around 7,600' to a hair short of 10,000', same for JH and Teton Pass. Winter comes early that far up. The towns don't close, but your riding options may or may not be very limited. A lot of my favorite trails are still snow covered in spots, and it's mid May.

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Wayndar is being gracious in regards to Boise :)

I live there, and there is tons of sandy non-technical trails. If you make it around here, go check out Jug Mtn. It's about 90 minutes north.

I like Wayndar's suggested route.
 

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With the trip being that short, I would not try to get to Boise. Spend the time in Stanley.

Also, don't bother with Fisher Creek (sorry to anyone that likes it), seemed very overrated and I would not ride it again. 1/2 the ride is gravel.

Little casino-sunny gulch-big casino was an awesome day and a fantastic chunky but ridable downhill. Entire ride is singletrack.
 

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Man, I hate to be the boor here, but September in the N.W. is fire season and with it comes the infernal smoke that pretty much has become the norm now days. Ugh...it's everywhere.
That said, I will say one thing for Fisher-Williams in Stanley: if you ride in from Williams 8 1/2 miles to the sign in, and turn around there, it's 17 miles of singletrack in and out. Most people don't do that, however, but it's not carved in stone that you have to ride it as a loop, at least not yet anyway.
For some other riding in the same area, check this out...
https://forums.mtbr.com/idaho-monta...-please-where-filmed-934957.html#post11516538
 

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I got yelled at several times for riding F-W 'backwards' and ultimately gave in and turned around. I know I posted Fischer-Williams as the classic, but personally prefer Potato Mtn. The main point was to get Korivo up to Stanley. The riding is great and the views are one of a kind. Add in the new trails at Galena, something down around Ketchum, and maybe a hot springs for a great couple of days. After that head over toward Driggs and Jackson area.
 

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Targhee may close the lifts on 9/15, but you can usually ride there into October. You can shuttle Mill Creek if that's your thing, or ride up Peaked a ways and then all the way down, probably a 2500' descent.

Lots of rides in the all day epic category in the region. The Lionhead loop (Mile to Sheep) or Lionhead CDT traverse (Raynolds Pass to Targhee Pass) are must do in my book. The Warm Springs rides off Lost Trail Pass are great, you could do two laps with a shuttle truck. In Teton Valley Mail Cabin to Tie Canyon traverses the south end of the valley and the Big Hole Crest the west side.

My favorite ride in the Stanley area is Big Boulder/Little Boulder, far up the remote E. fork of the Salmon. Down by Hailey Greenhorn Gulch area has lots of loops you can link up in a cool burned area.
 

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Do the Redfish Lake loop and then hit the lunch for some good grub. Outstanding views too. Depends on where you're from and your fitness level (and the number of trees down on the trail), it maybe the longest 14 miles you've ever done.
 

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My favorite ride in the Stanley area is Big Boulder/Little Boulder, far up the remote E. fork of the Salmon. Down by Hailey Greenhorn Gulch area has lots of loops you can link up in a cool burned area.
Sounds Awesome !
But I cant find thos trails (Big Boulder) on trail fork
Can you give me a bit more details ?

GreenHorn Gulch, I assume its this area ?
https://www.trailforks.com/region/greenhorn-14048/
Any loop you could suggest ?

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Do the Redfish Lake loop and then hit the lunch for some good grub. Outstanding views too. Depends on where you're from and your fitness level (and the number of trees down on the trail), it maybe the longest 14 miles you've ever done.
This trail usually problematic for fallen trees ?
 

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That was a great loop, except the very end with a lot of horse damage.b but otherwise amazing.
Agreed. Great 22 mile loop and now one of the best that are left to ride in the White Clouds, and big bad wolf country.
I don't think the trail still includes Castle divide either (at least for bikes,) but is actually up and over the Big Boulder / Little Boulder creeks divide.
It used to be called the Frog lake loop, but now usually associated with either Livingston Mill or Big Boulder creek.
You can get to it 16 paved miles up the East fork of the Salmon river, about an hour out of Stanley. Good info at bike shop in Stanley. Go early and park at the bottom, in the shade. Not much shade at Livingston Mill trailhead.
My 2 cents.
 
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