Mountain biking south of Kimberly Idaho

March 29, 2010 at 8:49 am 2 comments

Jim and I ventured down to the Indian Springs area south of Kimberly for a little mountain biking on Sunday. It was a balmy 66 degrees, a big change from my road bike ride from Hailey on Saturday in about 50 chilly degrees.

We parked 1-1/4 miles east of the Indian Springs parking lot. From there we took the Skull Trail up to Sweet ‘n Low.  Skull Trail is a fun short uphill trail from the trailhead.

aptly names Skull Trail

We took Sweet ‘n Low east to Dry Gulch.  Dry Gulch is a long slow uphill with some single track and some double track.

Dry Gulch

had to put my foot down going through these rocks on Dry Gulch trail

Dry Gulch had some really fun portions.  It is an easy trail, mostly dirt.  From Dry Gulch we went up (we think) Matts trail which goes up the hillside to the top of the ridge and crosses Indian Springs road.  On top the wind was howling and Jim took some shelter while he waited for me.

looking north from the top of the ridge

From this spot we came down Swami (we think that’s what it was called).  It is a trail mostly on slabs of rocks.  Some places you need to look for the white dots to find the trail.  This is much more technical and Jim loved it, I was a more nervous and walked a few spots.  It was challenging but fun.  There is one spot where the trail goes under/around an overhanging rock and then switchbacks up to some more rocks.

overhanging rock

sharp turn

almost made it

From this point it is a fun ride downhill to Indian Springs trailhead.  We ended up riding part of the way back to our car on the road.  We met a couple from Hailey at the top.  They were riding the trails the opposite way.  They told us there is a Yahoo group  “Magic Valley Chain Gang” who have built the trails and have information and maps.  You can find it easily with an internet search.  Overall it was a fun first mt. bike ride of the season.  It took us about 3 hours.

Note:  you can also see information about these trails at Wood River Bike Coalition.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dave  |  May 1, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for the nice writeup. Kudos to the trail builders.

    We rode there on April 29 when it was cold and super windy.

    Reply
  • 2. Greg  |  May 16, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Great post & pics, I really enjoyed it.

    We are getting organized down here in Twin, having just started an official chapter of IMBA, named SIMBA (Southern Idaho Mountain Biking Association) and have some maps put together online that might make visiting Indian Spring Trails easier. Check them out!

    Reply

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