BLM State Director to Mark Completion of Mountain Bike Trail System
Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Director Steve Ellis will join representatives of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), area residents, and Federal and local government officials to mark completion of the Croy Creek system of trails in the Wood River Valley.
Riders are invited to gather at the Croy Creek trailhead in Hailey, just off Bullion Road, at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8th. The late-afternoon start time accommodates the school schedules of young people and their families.
“This trail system demonstrates perfectly that BLM public lands are great places for being in the outdoors, and getting and staying healthy,” Ellis said. “In fact, we built it in response to requests from local residents for more trails on public lands, closer to town. I’m looking forward to riding out with some of those who are already enjoying the rewards and challenges these trails offer.”
The BLM began working with local residents and Blaine County officials in 1998 to develop a system of singletrack, scenic recreational trails on public lands in the Wood River Valley. The county and BLM worked together to design trails that would fit the terrain. IMBA then helped construct the trails under a BLM assistance agreement.
Chris Leman, an IMBA trail specialist who lives in Sun Valley, coordinated the trail work. “Collaboration among various agencies, groups and individuals is what brought this trail system into being,” he said. “The BLM Field Office in Shoshone has really led the way in this front-loaded approach to recreation planning. I hope riders of all ages will join us on the 8th to celebrate the hard work and dedication these trails represent.”
Riders should assemble at the trailhead by 4:00 p.m. After brief remarks, Ellis and Leman will proceed onto the trail with other riders who wish to join. (See directions to the trailhead, below.) Riders may also choose to continue their ride further along the trail system.
The Croy Creek system is a network of 22 miles of trail on BLM-managed public lands west of Hailey. Construction was completed in June with the opening of the Punchline trail, a one-way downhill flow trail with rock features, berms, jumps and step-ups that was built by Trail Solutions' Tony Boone and Randy Spangler, with assistance from Progressive Trail Designs. In 2010, the BLM completed a one-mile segment behind Rotarun Hill using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This trail offers riders rollers and table tops to jump end-to-end or roll through without tires leaving the ground.