(Teton Valley, Idaho) - Many people in Jackson Hole stay close to hit the trails, but if you are looking for some new challenges, you may want to consider heading over Teton Pass. According to Mountain Bike the Tetons Executive Director Amanda Carey, Teton Valley trails offer some great rides for beginners to experts, along with some outstanding views. Here are 6 of Carey's recommended Teton Valley rides: *1. Mail Cabin to Mikesell*
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"This has to be one of my favorite rides in Teton County. It's not for
beginners. It's really hard," said Carey.
Mail Cabin to Mikesell is described as "a rugged, four and a half mile,
backcountry connector trail between the top of the Mail Cabin and the top
of Mikesell Canyon. It Has a couple of hike-a-bikes but offers some great
views into the Snake River Range at the southern end of Teton Valley."
"It is the one of most stunning rides. After riding for an hour and a half
you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere," Carey added.
*2. Sheep Bridge
and Mill Creek
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According to Carey, if you park at Teton Canyon, you can access Sheep
Bridge and the Mill Creek rides.
"Sheep bridge is a very beginner trail, great for kids, that many will warm
up on before Mill Creek," said Carey. "And Mill creek is a CLASSIC Teton
Valley ride! I'd definitely include that one as it is the way you climb up
from Teton Canyon to access 38 special and all the resort riding if you
want to park in Teton Canyon."
*3. Horseshoe Canyon
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"This is our Cache Creek where you can hit a bunch of loops and trails in
one concentrated area," said Carey. "If you ride this one trail southbound,
you ride up anywhere up on the trail networks, it is the most stunning view
of the Tetons."
*4. Anything at Grand Targhee
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According to Ride the Tetons, Grand Targhee offers trails for every kind of
rider. At this time in the season, some trails are good to go, while others
are still snowpacked.
"Grand Targhee has put $500,000 of trail work into their trails in the last
three years," said Carey. "The network up there is unbelievable."
*5. Pole Canyon to Mikesell
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Described as having great views, the Pole Canyon to Mikesell ride in Teton
Canyon is accessible from Victor. You may need to wait until mid-summer for
this ride, as the map shows that it is still snow covered.
*6. Grove Creek *
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Grove Creek sounds like a good early season ride as the trail status is
described as "excellent." Also, according to Carey, there was a massive
reroute of this trail last year.
According to the Mountain Bike the Tetons Website, "After getting past the
initial, very steep doubletrack climb, you’ll be rewarded with a perfect,
swooping climbing grade."
*Feature Photo: Amanda Carey on Grand Targhee last summer. **All Photos:
h/t Mountain Bike the Tetons / Pitchengine Communities*