Recommended Stay: 3 to 7 days
Distance from Boise 154 miles/Drive Time: 3 hours
Trip Cost Estimate: $375 to $675
Sun Valley is a world famous destination for mountain bike trails the only hard part is deciding which trails to ride and how to get there. At Wandervans we can help you both of those items. We have some great trail suggestions and great campervans to take on your trip.
There are a lot of trails in Sun Valley that are also open to motorcycles so if you are an E-bike rider this might be a great destination to explore. Check out the trip suggestions below and you will see which rides are E-bike friendly. Are you flying into Boise and need to rent an E-Bike? Then you should call Elephants Perch in Sun Valley at 208-726-3497. The Elephants Perch rents Specialized Turbo Levo in full suspension or a hardtail for $80/day.
There is ample camping in the Sun Valley area. In Hailey you can drive up Deer Creek Rd. and find numerable camp spots for campervans along the road along with vault toilets. North of Ketchum you can stay just north of the SNRA headquarters or find a more primitive spot along East Fork of Baker Creek Rd which are perfect for fitting a campervan.
We recommend you spend at least 4 days in the Sun Valley area and ride this trails:
1) Greenhorn to Imperial Gulch (E-Bikes allowed)(Intermediate 10.8 miles) - The Greenhorn to Imperial Gulch loop is a classic ride in the Sun Valley area and has been completely rehabbed since the 2013 Beaver Creek fire. You will have an easy climb up Greenhorn gulch and then hit Imperial Gulch which is a twisting roller coaster down the mountain with some rocks strewn here and there to keep you on your toes. If you click on the link above you will find maps and directions.
2) Osberg Ridge to Upper Oregon Gulch/Lower Oregon Gulch (E-Bikes allowed)(Difficult 22 miles) - If you are looking for a similar epic experience that you get on the Whole Enchilada trail down in Moab then Oberg Ridge to Oregon Gulch is equally epic. With a shuttle to the end of the East Fork of Baker Creek you will have about 22 miles of riding with 95% of it being singletrack. You will descend almost 3500 feet in those 22 miles and top out at 9600ft. The views are endless up on top of the ridge and the descent seems endless. To complete this ride you will want to follow the Osberg Ridge all the way to the end until you hit FS168 and then you will take a right onto FS168 and ride the road a little ways until you hit the Oregon Gulch Trail. A shuttle can be arranged with SVMG Shuttle. If you click on the link above you will find maps and directions.
3) Osberg Ridge to Adams Rib (Difficult 22 miles) - If you are looking for a similar epic experience that you get on the Whole Enchilada trail down in Moab then Oberg Ridge to Adams Rib is equally epic. With a shuttle to the end of the East Fork of Baker Creek you will have about 24 miles of riding with 100% of it being singletrack. You will descend almost 3600 feet in those 24 miles and top out at 9600ft. The views are endless up on top of the ridge and the descent seems endless. To complete this ride you will want to follow the Osberg Ridge almost to the end. About 0.8 miles from the end you will come to the Adams Rib junction. From here follow Adams Rib. A shuttle can be arranged with SVMG Shuttle. If you click on the link above you will find maps and directions.
4) Prairie Lakes to Miner Lakes (E-Bikes allow only on Prairie Lakes) (Difficult 10 miles) - Do you need to get in your alpine lakes fix? Then the Prairie to Miner Lakes loop will have you taking in two amazing lakes tucked high up into the alpine. You will want to climb up the Prairie Lakes trail to the first lakes and then take in a breather after climbing 1200ft to check out the lake and decided if you want to take a quick dip. Then you will traverse on the Miner Lakes trail to Miner Lake. Once at Miner Lake you will need be decide if you want to go back the way you came or continue on the Miner Lakes trail. If you continue on the Miner Lakes trail you will have a raging descent down with steep sections and very chunky rocks. You will defiantly need to be a skilled rider to manage all of the rocks. If your rock skills are a little weak or you want more flow then simply turn around and head back to Prairie Lake. You will not be disappointed with this descent. If you click on the link above you will find maps and directions.
5) Wolftone to Curran Gulch (E-Bikes allowed) (Intermediate 10 miles)- This ride was a classic before the 2013 Beaver Creek fire and was damaged in that fire and required closure for a couple of years. Now the trail has reopened better than ever and it is a classic once again. This ride is off Deer Creek Rd. and starts with a ride up Wolftone Rd to its end. From the end of the road the trail begins and goes up and down along the ridge to Curran Gulch. Once in Curran Gulch you will have a fun and flowing ride down the drainage. You will then turn right on Deer Creek and descend back down to Deer Creek Rd and take the road back to where you parked. The views a spectacular all along this route and the majority of the climbing is done on a road with mellow grades. If you click on the link above you will find maps and directions. As mentioned earlier there is ample camping along Deer Creek Rd. for a campervan.
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