Biking in Jackson Hole
Jackson Hole is quickly becoming a summer and fall biking Mecca. The valley of Jackson Hole has over 56 miles of paved pathways that link the town of Jackson to Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park, and over 115 miles of mountain bike trails. Whatever style of riding – it is available – and often on un-crowded trails with breathtakingly scenic views. From flat, paved pathways to steep single track, the valley has an astonishing variety in the trail system. With the same type of variety in lodging options, dining, après bike activities and free outdoor concerts, Jackson Hole is truly the perfect biking destination.
Road Bike in the shadows of the Tetons
The Jackson Hole Community Pathway system allows visitors and locals alike to travel around the valley car free linking the town of Jackson, town of Wilson, Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park. GTNP has the more miles of separated pathways for cycling and walking than any other national park in the United States.
The multi-use pathway in Grand Teton National Park opened to the public in 2009, and now has been expanded from Jenny Lake 30-some miles south back to the town of Jackson. The newest section of completed pathway, which borders the National Elk Refuge, opened just last summer and is already a favorite with beautiful opportunities for wildlife sightings and public art installations.
For the earnest road biker looking to gain some serious vertical and put in big mileage, then try going “Around the Block.” This route which takes riders on over 100 mile loop west over Teton Pass, south on Pine Creek Pass and back around north through the Snake River Canyon. This grueling, yet beautiful ride is definitely a bucket list ride for any serious rider.
Cross Country Mountain Biking
With cross country biking trails all over the valley, the trail system allows for all day adventure rides or an easy short ride. The greater Snow King Area trails, including the Cache Creek drainage is home to many great mountain bike trails with the convenience of starting right in town. Test your legs and lungs as you ascend the Ferrin’s Trail (over 1,200 vertical feet in a shady switch back trail) to the summit of the ridge overlooking town and the entire Teton Range. Trails like Putt Putt, Hagen’s, and the Sidewalk are great rides, with less elevation change, that are easily accessed from town. For an extended ride – head up the Cache Creek road and onto the Game Creek trail. This popular ride “Cache to Game” completes a fantastic 20 some mile loop that can start and finish in town.
Head to Teton Pass and explore newer trails accessed from the Phillips trailhead, such as Snowtel, Arrow and Philips Ridge trail. If you feel like working hard, start from the bottom of Teton Pass, and peddle up Old Pass Road to the top of Teton Pass (over 2,200 elevation gain). Also, the drive south from Wilson to Munger Mountain is worth the trip, with over 15 rolling miles of new trails, you’ll be sure to enjoy breathtaking scenery and more wildlife than other bikers on the trails on most days.
Downhill Mountain Biking
Bridger-Teton National Forest, the local bike shops, clubs, and associations have been hard at work building and buffing out some stellar downhill runs on the epic terrain accessed from Teton Pass. Last year alone over 2,000 volunteer man hours went into the trails across the valley. These new downhill trails boast gap jumps, log features, step downs and hip jumps with over 2,000 vertical to explore. With names such as Jimmy’s Mom, Fuzzy Bunny and Lithium, you know you will have as much fun riding these trails as the riders who named them.
The new Jackson Hole Bike Park located at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village offers the only lift serviced riding in the valley. The Park features six impeccably designed downhill trails with features to suit every level of courage and skill. Absent are jaw-jarring rocky trails, replaced with smooth trail beds, banked corners, and buffed take offs and transitions on terrain ranked green to black for every level of rider—including total beginners. After you have exhausted yourself on the many trails offered in the park – try a taco and a beer from the Tin Can Cantina or take the free Gondola ride up to the Couloir and the Deck restaurants to relax, refuel and enjoy the scenery.
Biking by the numbers in Jackson Hole:
- The valley of Jackson Hole has over 56 miles of paved pathways that link the town of Jackson to Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park
- The valley has over 115 miles of mountain bike trails
- In 2012 over 2,000 volunteer man hours were put into the trail systems in the greater Snow King and Teton Pass
Resource for Maps: http://www.friendsofpathways.org/resources