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Geraldine Mishev
October 31, 2014

There are around 1,000 miles of trails and roads to bike on in Jackson Hole. As a former road racer, I’ve ridden all of the roads in town. The good news is that both the road and mountain biking scenes in Jackson have changed dramatically for the better over the last decade. “Road” riding is more and more frequently done on pathways separated from car traffic, making it notably less dangerous. Additionally, mountain biking trails have gotten buffer. Even the crazy downhill biking trails—we’re talking10-foot drops and ride-over-a-log levels of intensity—on Teton Pass are meticulously maintained. I have picked five of my favorite places to ride, from beginner-friendly mountain biking to what has to be the most beautiful pathway in the country. There’s something for every ability level—I even threw in a mellow bike park where all the trails start at the top of a lift. Enjoy.

Cache Creek

Two miles from the Town Square, this area is popular with bikers, hikers, horsemen, and runners. An abandoned double-track road is the main route up the canyon while singletrack trails are found on both sides of the canyon. Trails here are among the easiest and least technical in the valley.

South Park Loop Pathway

Pick up this pathway behind Smith’s and follow it along Flat Creek and through ranch lands and riparian areas before looping back to town on a stretch paralleling U.S. Highway 26/89/191. Extend the 10-mile loop by jumping onto another pathway connecting to Highway 22 and Teton Village.

Snow King Mountain

You can ride 1.8 miles to the 1,500-feet to the summit of Snow King, but there are also trails here that aren’t quite so taxing. Cutting across the middle of the mountain, Sink or Swim can connect to Cache Creek trails or you can take it south towards Josie’s Ridge.

Grand Teton National Park Pathway

Ride all the way from downtown Jackson to Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park on this 20-mile pathway. En route, pass through the National Elk Refuge, past Sleeping Indian, and over the Gros Ventre River. Don’t be afraid to detour the half-mile to Dornan’s once you get to Moose, to stop for refreshments.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Bike Park

At Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, there are six luge-track-smooth downhill bike trails accessed via the Teewinot lift. You won’t be bunny hopping roots on these four-foot wide bermed beauties. You will be whipping out of banked corners and, on the Lucky Charm trail, rolling over a 377-foot long wooden bike bridge. 

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