Jackson Hole’s single track is world-class. Mountain biking in Jackson is a guaranteed adrenaline rush, enhanced only by the stunning scenery that surrounds you as you go. Jackson Hole Bike Park and Grand Targhee Bike Park have some of the best downhill and cross-country trails out there. Resort riding is perfect for beginner riders, but there are plenty of trails for intermediate and advanced riders too. Experienced downhill riders should check out the impressive network of downhill trails on Teton Pass. For intermediate riders staying close to town, the trail network at Cache Creek is immense and the views are stunning.
There’s no shortage of bike shops ready to help get you out there. Just don’t forget your helmet.
Wherever you go, remember to brush up on trail etiquette. Help prevent erosion and overuse by staying on the trails. If you see wildlife on your ride, give it plenty of space.
The year was 2004, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest got a grant to build a “user-specific” trail system. They had the money. They needed the labor. A dedicated group of locals was up to the task. Teton FreeRiders spent thousands of hours building trails in the Bridger-Teton.
But building trails was just the first hurdle. As more and more people used the trails, conflicts increased. Trails began to erode. Teton FreeRiders had more work on their hands than they realized. The group incorporated in 2004, and has spent nearly two decades improving trail access in the greater Jackson area.
If you want a true local riding experience and to leave the trail better than you found it, this is your group. Teton FreeRiders hosts a Pass Bash for riders ready to take on Teton Pass’s world-class trails. Meet at the bottom, get a ride in their shuttle, and take as many laps as you can before meeting at the Stagecoach for drinks and delicious Street Food bites. Pass Bashes help raise money to keep the trails in-tact. Follow them on Facebook to stay current on their trail advocacy and events.
When to go
Around here, snow arrives early and sticks around late. It’s hard to predict exactly when trails will dry out, but it’s important to wait until they do before riding them. Riding on wet or muddy trails causes rutting and erosion that leaves the trails in bad shape. Check trail conditions at any one of our local bike shops.
How to do it
There’s a trail for every rider around here if you know where to look. Our local bike shops can help you choose which trails are right for your experience level. If you’re looking for lift access and immediate aprés, head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or drive over to Grand Targhee. There’s a vast network of cross-country trails right in town, starting from Cache Creek or the base of Snow King. For downhill adrenaline, head to Teton Pass. Bring a day pack that can hold water, an extra layer, snacks, and some basic first aid. Finally, and most importantly, have fun!
Know before you go
Friends of the Bridger-Teton has done a stellar job installing trail signs at major junctions to help keep you on track, but it’s always a good idea to bring a trail map and make a plan. Assess current trail conditions and make sure trails are dry before you ride them.
Stay on the trail at all times. If you have to move aside to yield to other users, try to step on durable surfaces like rocks, dirt, or pine needles.
You’re bound to interact with other trail users while you’re out there. Brush up on trail etiquette and remember, we’re all out there to have a good time.