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 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. These pathways link up with existing and future pathways in the Town of Jackson, all the way out to us here in Teton Village. An incredible bridge spanning the Snake River is dedicated solely as a pathway.
For the earnest road biker looking to gain some serious vertical and put in big mileage, try going “Around the Block.” This route which takes riders on a 100-plus 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.
Pathway and road bike rentals can include a complimentary one-way bus pass for the START bus and bike rentals can be returned to the town of Jackson at Hoback Sports or in Teton Village at TVS, depending on where you start your ride. This complimentary bus pass will provide you the opportunity to ride wherever you'd like along the pathways and return at your leisure. Inquire more with Hoback Sports or Teton Village Sports.
Cross Country Mountain Biking
Jackson Hole's cross-country biking trail system extends all across the valley, allowing for all-day adventure rides or easy short ones. The greater Snow King area trails, including the Cache Creek drainage, is home to many great mountain bike trails that conveniently start right in town. Test your legs and lungs as you ascend the Ferrin's Trail (more than 1,200 vertical feet in a shady switchback 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, also easily accessed from town. For an extended ride, head up the Cache Creek Road and onto the Game Creek Trail. This popular ride, called appropriately "Cache to Game," completes a fantastic 20-some-mile loop that can start and finish in town.
Arrow Trail on Teton Pass
Head to Teton Pass and explore newer trails accessed from the Phillips trailhead, such as Snowtel, Arrow and Philips Ridge trails. 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, gaining more than 2,200 feet in elevation. The drive south from Wilson to Munger Mountain is also worth the trip, with more than 15 rolling miles of new trails, breathtaking scenery and usually more wildlife on the trails than other bikers.
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.
Fuzzy Bunny Downhill Trail on Teton Pass
Last year alone, more than 2,000 volunteer man hours went into refining the trails across the valley. These new downhill trails boast gap jumps, log features, step downs and hip jumps with more than 2,000 vertical feet 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 bike 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. Transitions on terrain are 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 more than 56 miles of paved pathways that link the town of Jackson to Teton Village and Grand Teton National Park.
- The valley has more than 115 miles of mountain bike trails.
Resource for Maps: https://friendsofpathways.org/