Bounded by numerous 10,000 foot peaks, wild rivers and creeks, the Sawtooth National Forest, and drool-worthy singletrack—Sun Valley mountain biking sets you right amongst all this raw and rugged beauty.
This exclusive 6‑day ride tells the story of the wild west. It wasn’t until gold was discovered in the 1870s that Sun Valley started to become populated by European settlers and prospectors. But it wasn’t just the gold that put this gem on the map, it was and still is famous for its healing hot springs.
Though it’s booming with history, we’re going for the rugged backcountry singletrack, mountainsides scattered with lodgepole pine and Douglas fir trees, sporadic groves of aspens, breweries, and the best post-ride après. With over 400 miles of trails that are all within a 30-minute shuttle ride, or a short pedal from your doorstep and a welcoming, tight-knit mountain biking community, it’s without question a destination we couldn’t pass up. From high alpine big mountain rides with 360 views of the 5 surrounding mountain ranges and long flowy descents, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. These epic views and descents are encompassed with long climbs along mountain ridges, creeks, and lush forests that will keep your heart pounding. You’ll earn those après drinks on these rides.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve joined forces with the local outdoor retailer, Sturtevants for on-the-ground gear support and supplies. Sturtevant’s history of supplying the North West outdoor adventures is a perfect addition for this Sacred Rides experience.
For accommodations we’ve partnered with a favorite amongst travelers, and it’s right on main street in Ketchum—The Limelight Hotel. It was once a rough-and-tumble bar in the middle of a rapidly expanding paradise and is now thriving as a luxury hotel in a town that continues to expand.
Get ready to fill your lungs with pristine air, your bellies with amazing food, and your camera with incredible memories. Plus, for those looking to fly in without the hassle of packing your bike, we’ve partnered with Giant Bicycles to offer you great trail bikes for the week. It’s time for you to let loose in the beautiful mountains of Idaho.
Is This Ride For You?
You love big mountain riding that includes long climbs and fast and flowy descents mixed in with some exposure and technical sections. You don’t mind jumping off the bike for an occasional push to get the best views, high elevation, and more fun descents. You can handle long days in the saddle.
Day 1. Your Introduction to Sun Valley Mountain Biking: Creeks and Gulches
Welcome to Sun Valley, Idaho! Grab some breakfast and get ready to hop in the shuttle. We’ll be doing local pick-ups and then heading to the trailhead. Here we’ll get bikes set up if you shipped your own or get fitted on one of our Giant Trances.
Today’s ride is one of the valley’s favorite for not only mountain biking but all forms of recreating. We will encounter wide open views of the surrounding mountains, green meadows, and if we’re lucky we might catch stands of aspens turning gold. From steady climbs amongst pine and aspen forests to fast and flowy descents this will be a great introduction to the days ahead.
After recapping a great first day on our shuttle ride back to town, we will then check into our rooms at the beautiful Limelight Hotel. We will give you some time to clean up and then head out for dinner, drinks, and an in-depth look at the epic week that lies ahead.
Dinner will be a taste of Northwest Rocky Mountain influenced with a variety of American and European classics.
Day 2. Greenhorn Trail Network
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, we’ll head over to the popular Greenhorn trail network.
These trails cross through a variety of riparian vegetation from sagebrush to aspen trees before climbing through dense pine and fir forests to the top of a ridgeline. Once you reach the high point, you will be greeted with outstanding views of the Pioneer Mountains. From here we will drop into a short flowy descent before climbing back up through an exposed burn area. From there its all pure goodness. The trail winds through grin-inducing bermed turns, rollers, and fast flow.
We will return to an ice cold cooler full of beer and refreshing spritzers—cheers to an epic ride before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.
Dinner will be in a cozy historic cabin, where they serve New American Cuisine and offer an extensive wine list.
Day 3. Galena Lodge and Ketchum
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before taking a scenic drive north to the old mining town of Galena, which boasted the biggest community in the Wood River Valley back in 1879. Now it’s known as Galena Lodge and a place for locals and visitors to enjoy fun, flowy singletrack, epic views, and phenomenal food.
Here we have 40+ miles of trails that wind through old mining sites, cabins, forests of pine trees, and big views of the Boulder and Smokey mountains. We’ll ride a fun mix of trails where the climbs will be gradual, and the descents will be fast and full of massive flow.
We’ll enjoy lunch at the lodge, and if you’re feeling up for it, we can take a few more laps before heading back down to the valley.
Day 4. Osberg Ridge Singletrack
Today we’ll enjoy a nice breakfast before heading out on a short shuttle ride up Baker Creek road—this is where the fun begins. We’ll be riding superb, high alpine singletrack all the way back into town, and we’ll end with après at the local brewery.
We’ll start on Osberg ridge with a nice steady climb, which will be one of three—mostly gradual through pine forest and open meadows. Be sure to look around as you are surrounded by the rugged Boulder and Smokey mountains. As the trail continues to twist and turn with views around every corner, we’ll eventually get to one of the best descent in the valley. This will bring us right to the edge of town, and from there we’ll pedal down to the local brewery for a much deserved cold one.
Day 5. Deer Creek
After another tasty breakfast, we’ll head out towards Warm Springs Road to start today’s epic ride.
Bring your legs and lungs! Right out of the gate we’ll be pedaling up through forests of pine, fir, and aspen trees. When we hit the ridgeline it opens up to 360 views of the surrounding mountain tops. We’ll have a few more climbs mixed in with some fun descents that are sure to put a smile on your face. The last section of this ride is a fast and flowy descent with big sweeping turns and wide open meadows. Even better, it pops out right at one of the area’s popular hot springs—time for a soak!
Tonight, you’ll get a taste of magic at a rustic restaurant that focuses on local produce and the best of what Idaho has to offer.
Day 6. Cold Springs to Warm Springs
Grab some breakfast, and get your bags packed and loaded. For our last ride, we’ll start from town and do a big loop across Sun Valley Resort.
We’ll jump on the bike path and head towards the Cold Springs trailhead. From there, it’s a consistent gradual climb through forests of pines and Douglas fir, eventually opening up to an exposed traverse on the back side of Bald Mountain. Once we hit Warm Springs trail, be ready for a rollercoaster ride all the way back to the base of Bald Mountain, and be sure to save some legs for the short climb to Little America Point.
When we’re done, it’ll be time for a big round of hugs and high fives. Then we’ll shuttle you to your hotel of choice or the airport. It’s been a slice!