Bike. Eat. Sleep. Wake up in the Sawtooth Valley and do it all over again!
Are you ready for a biking adventure?
Bike Travel Weekend is June 2 – 4. It was established by Adventure Cycling Association in 2016 to “inspire people from all over the world to go on a bike overnight on the same weekend to promote bicycling as a healthy, sustainable way to travel and recreate with a positive economic impact on the area.”
All you have to do is plan your bicycling trip to include an overnight at your favorite campground, hotel, cabin, B&B or a friend’s backyard. You can stay for one or two nights or incorporate it into a longer trip. Recruit your family and friends or go solo. The possibilities are endless!
Hardcore cyclists and toddlers riding with training wheels are all welcome. Tag-along, strider, bike trailers or tandem bikes are all fair game. You can ride for one mile or one hundred miles. Design it anyway you like, it’s your bike trip!
Why not make Stanley your Bike Travel Weekend destination? Although the snow pack in the higher elevations may keep you grounded to the more accessible trails around town, you’re still guaranteed natural beauty and fresh mountain air.
Here are a few biking options in the Sawtooth Valley.
Fishhook Creek Trail
Explore Fishhook Creek Trail on your mountain bike. This relatively flat trail parallels the creek into a lodgepole pine and Douglas fir forest. It’s an ideal starter trail to kick off your mountain biking season.
Fun for families with little ones! Bike through the campgrounds at Redfish, Stanley, Petit and Alturas Lakes. Why not make some new friends? Wave to all the campers along your route.
Pedal on Redfish Lake Road to Little Redfish Lake. Extend your bike trip to include the Redfish Rock Shelter (4 miles total RT from lodge). Remember you only have to bike a mile to be a part of Bike Travel Weekend.
Nip & Tuck Road
This is a fun dirt road that begins in Lower Stanley. This ride offers expansive views of the Sawtooth valley and mountains. The gentle rolling hills eases you back into the groove of mountain biking.
Bike the streets of Stanley and visit all the shops. Yes, there really are places to shop in Stanley! After working up an appetite, refuel at any one of Stanley’s eclectic eateries. After a full belly, pedal your way up to the Stanley playground for a birds-eye view of the town and an impressive view of the Sawtooth Mountains. Did you know Stanley (population 63) has a school for grades K – 8? How lucky are these kids!
Here’s an idea….include the Stanley Historic Walking Tour into your bike ride and learn about Stanley’s history along the way.
For a list of biking options in the Sawtooth Valley, please contact the Stanley-Sawtooth Chamber of Commerce. Or better yet, stop in while you’re biking around town. The chamber is located in the Community Building on Highway 21 right under the flagpole.
Do you have your team and destination in mind?
Register your bike trip (for free!) at Bike Travel Weekend by May 22 to be entered into a drawing to win a Seldom Seen Bikepacking Bike from Advocate Cycles or a trip for two, with bikes, to Glacier National Park on Amtrak’s Empire Builder.
Tune up your bike and join thousands of bicyclists during Bike Travel Weekend. Experience the joy and simplicity of traveling by bicycle and staying overnight in your favorite town of Stanley. Share the bike travel love!
Blog written by Erica Cole