Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Sun Valley’s Lift-Accessed Biking Nixed but Bike Coalition Holds Brush and Beer Bash
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The Alden Trail, which will be the focus of a workday on July 18, was remade into a friendlier trail following the 2013 Beaver Creek Fire.
   
Saturday, June 6, 2020
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

If you want to ride your bike on Baldy this summer, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way—pedaling all the way.

While the lifts are expected to reopen June 26 for hiking and sightseeing, Sun Valley Resort will not offer lift-accessed bicycling on Baldy this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Furthermore, the resort will close the popular Saddle Up, Lupine and Mindbender trails due to safety concerns related to the construction of the new Cold Springs lift and ongoing projects to clear out diseased trees.

The resort will take this time to make improvements to the trail.

Many of the remaining 400-plus miles of mountain bike trails around Sun Valley will be open, however.

Crews from the Ketchum Ranger District and the Wood River Trails Coalition spent this week cutting out trees downed by wind last weekend on trails south of Warm Springs Road and west of Highway 75. The Fisher-Williams loop has been cutout again, as well.

And BCRD Trails Ranger Chris Leman says several trails at Galena Lodge are now open ahead of the lodge’s reopening on June 13.

The Wood River Trails Coalition Is hosting its first volunteer trail work event of the 2020 season—the Brush and Beer Bash--from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today—Saturday June 6. Volunteers should meet at the Greenhorn Trailhead to cut back choke cherry saplings and other plants that are encroaching on the trails.

Volunteers will be rewarded with a free beer.

Bring your own loppers and folding handsaws if you have them. The Coalition has tools but don’t want to run out.

The Coalition hopes to do 600 hours of volunteer trail work this summer—a hundred more than the summer of 2019. And it hopes to recruit 50 new volunteers. Volunteer work adds up, as one mile of professional maintenance costs about $200.

Other volunteer work nights:

Thursday, June 18, 6-8 p.m. Adam’s Gulch Trailhead

Tuesday, June 23, 6-8:30 p.m. Croy Trailhead

Tuesday, June 30, 6-8 p.m. Cow Creek Trail at Greenhorn

Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Alden Gulch Workday off Baker Creek Road

Thursday, July 23, 6-8 p.m. Chocolate Gulch

Friday, July 24-Sunday July 26, 6:30 p.m. Friday to 2;30 p.m. Sunday, Women’s Only Weekend with Idaho Trails Association on the Prairie Miner loop. Register at https//www.idahotrailsassociation.org/category/projects-2/

Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rooks Trail out Warm Springs Road

Thursday, Sept. 17, 6-8 p.m. Greenhorn Trailhead

For more information, visit https://woodrivertrailscoalition.org/events. Or email the coalition’s Volunteer Coordinator Kya Goldschlager at kgold@woodrivertrails.org.

 

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