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Page Type: Trail

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 43.73358°N / 114.30189°W

Trail Type: Cross Country

County: Blain

Technical Difficulty: Easy

Aerobic Difficulty: Easy

Layout: Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 1500 ft / 457 m

Length: 8.2 Mi / 13.2 Km

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Page By: Steady Grind

Created/Edited: Oct 17, 2007 / Oct 17, 2007

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Help!!!

Once again, it turns out that I've always been more concerned with riding than taking pictures! If you have any pictures of this area, please attach them to this page and I will incorporate them in! Otherwise, I'll get some pictures next summer.

Overview

A very easy ride within riding distance from the town of Ketchum and the Sun Valley Resort, Corral Creek offers fairly flat terrain with quick climbs, fast and winding downhills and some great views of the area.

The trail is very smooth and not very technical at all. Once you get into the trees, the trail has a fun undulating up and down feel. On the way out, there is obviously more uphill so the ride back is a blast.

There are a couple options to riding this trail depending on where you're starting from.

Trail Description

Mileage to come...eventually...sorry, be patient!

The trail starts at the Hemmingway Memorial. The trail is flat and sandy all the way to Corral Creek Road - A.K.A: RD 137. This first stretch of the trail parallels Trail Creek Road.

Just before Corral Creek Road, the trail bends to the right and enters into the timber for the remainder of the trail. This is where the trail gets fun! From here it is up and down on a very nice and smooth singletrack trail.

Ride this singletrack that parallels Corral Creek Road all the way to the end of the trail. The trail ends at Uncle John's Gulch. There are some coralls at this point so you know that you're at the end.

The ride back down is a lot of fun...you can make it as fast or slow as you want, and the technical level is low so you don't need to hold back if you want to haul...you know what.

Getting There

From Ketchum, drive east on Sun Valley/Trail Creek Road for 2.6 miles and turn into the Hemingway Memorial parking lot on the right. The trail starts here at the footbridge just to the right of the statue. OR you can just ride the 2.6 miles from Ketchum!

From the Sun Valley Resort, ride up Fairway Road to just before the very end and look for a very steep, short trail going up a small bald hill. Once on top, you'll find a doubletrack road...follow it downhill. Not far from the bottom of the doubletrack, you'll see a singletrack veer off to the right. Jump on this single track and follow it all the way to where it ends up merging with the actual trail.

If this doesn't make sense...send me a message and I can explain further.


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When to Bike

Early summer to fall. As with any mountainous region, spring and fall can bring in a wide variety of weather from snow to rain or heat. The areas highest level of precipitation is in the middle of winter, but during the riding season, May and June are by far the wettest months.

Temperature highs will vary from an average of about 63F in May to about 81F in July and back down to 59F in October. Lows for each of these months average about 32F, 43F, and 25F respectively.

If you're going for an evening ride, you'll want to leave early enough as to not get stuck in the dark! Sunsets are as follows:

May: 2056
June: 2121
July: 2117
August: 2041
September: 1947
October: 1854