By Apres Noon | May 24th, 2021
The last real mountain town knows a thing or two about a great ride. Whether carving up a mountain on a trail or cruising through town, there are few feelings more freeing than a bike ride. Not only is our single track world-class; Jackson Hole has seemingly endless miles of paved pathways that take you anywhere you want to go. Biking is also an easy alternative to driving around town during the peak summer season when traffic is at its peak. Read on for the local’s take on how to make the most a two-wheeled, human powered adventure.
The first step (or, pedal) in your two-wheeled adventure is finding the wheels. Luckily, there’s no shortage of them around here. If you’re just trying to get around town on a budget, START Bus and Friends of Pathways have teamed up to offer 55 bikes across 17 stations in Teton County. The bike share program is easy to use. Just download the app, check out a bike, and ride!
There are also plenty of options for more serious bike rentals. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort rents road bikes, mountain bikes, and kid’s bikes at three retail locations in town and Teton Village. Snow King Resort also offers bike rentals at the base of the “town hill.” At the base of Teton Pass in Wilson, Wilson Backcountry Sports offers full-suspension mountain bikes, gravel bikes, e-bikes, and cruiser pathway bikes
Ready to give mountain biking a try? Plenty of apps like MTB Project and AllTrails can tell you where to go. But for the best beta, strike up a conversation with a local bike shop employee. They’ll have the latest trail conditions and can direct you to the best trails based on skill level and trail conditions. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee have some of the best downhill and cross-country trails out there. Resort riding is perfect for beginner riders, but there are also plenty of intermediate and advanced downhill trails for anyone looking for more of a challenge.
For experienced riders looking for speed and adrenaline, Teton Pass boasts an impressive network of downhill trails. For intermediate riders looking for something close to town, the trail network at Cache Creek is immense and the views are stunning. Wherever you go, remember to brush up on trail etiquette and pack plenty of water.
Teton County has more than 53 miles of paved bike paths stretching from town to Teton Village and beyond, plus an additional 16 miles in Grand Teton National Park. Pathways wind through family neighborhoods and popular recreation areas, so remember to mind your speed and be considerate of other pathway users. You’ll almost certainly cross paths with runners, dogs, kids, and maybe even some wildlife. Remember to mind your speed and be considerate of other pathway users. Etiquette is to keep right and pass left. Make sure you warn other users as you approach them. Learn more about Teton County’s pathway system on Friends of Pathways.
E-bikes are explosively popular, and for good reason. They’re an energy-efficient and fun way to get around. Just make sure you know the rules of the road. E-bikes are allowed on all paved pathways in Teton County and Grand Teton National Park as long as they’re less powerful than 750w. Rental shops will know the rules and equip you with a safe, legal bike. E-bikes are prohibited on mountain bike trails. Pathway etiquette is especially important on an e-bike! Be courteous of other users and stay safe.
Second to walking, biking is one of the best ways to get to know a place. Whether you’re on a paved pathway at the base of the Tetons or banking turns on a single-track trail, the right preparation will guarantee a good time. Strap on your helmet and get out there. Just remember, the Wild Rules. Stay safe and see you in the saddle.
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May 24th, 2021
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