Riding the Lupine Flow Trail on Bald Mountain
Words & Photos: Ray J. Gadd
While the notion of growing tired of the trails around Sun Valley may be hard to fathom, many of us find ourselves in a rut of revisiting the same go-to routes time and time again. We fall back on the comforts of familiarity to avoid thinking out of the box and enduing the slim possibility of a disappointing ride. It can be a daunting habit to ditch but one that most certainly should be abandoned for the greater good of your biking well-being.
Fortunately, there is a saving grace here in the Valley beckoning to pull you from your stagnant routine. The Sun Valley Resort spent some quality time sculpting out a delightful creation, the Lupine flow trail. This nearly pedal free traverse delivers momentum hungry banked turns, wheelie-friendly rollers and jaw-dropping views. Accessed via the upper Broadway trail, Lupine meanders effortlessly across the famed bowls where it eventually connects to the lower section of Saddle-Up. It’ll be the best slump buster you could fathom.
The summer may appear to be slowly waning, the Baldy mountain biking lift-access has plenty of time to spare. Rides to the top will continue to spin until September 13th. Give the climbing legs a break and enjoy some buttery smooth flow trail niceness. Don’t forget the rest of the trails after September 13th. Fall offers up some of the best riding conditions of the year. Fall colors, zero crowds and grippy tracks will be beckoning as late as early November. Get out here and #SOAKITUP!
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