Each year for the past 20 years, Sun Valley has kicked off summer with a focus on health, wellness, and fun at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Spanning the long Memorial Day weekend, this year from May 26 to 29, it is the perfect start to the season, inviting participants to think deeply and breathe deeply during a wide range of programming. There truly is something for everyone. The Sun Valley Wellness Festival was started in 1997 with the mission of inspiring people to live healthier lives. To that end, they bring to Sun Valley each year the best of the best across a mind boggling...
They don’t call Idaho the Wilderness State for nothing! With four million acres of designated wilderness, ours is the wildest state in the Lower 48. Miles of hiking and mountain biking trails promise innumerable ways to enjoy the unbelievable vistas, mountain wildflowers, peace and serenity that is often hard to find. But all these choices can also be a bit overwhelming. Where do you start? The best place is Pete Lane’s Outdoor Adventure Center in the Sun Valley Village. With daily guided hikes and bike rides during the summer months, the pros at Pete Lane’s will show you that adventures need not be far flung to be big fun.
Experts at the Outdoor Adventure Center will work with your group to make your Sun Valley experience the best and most authentic one ever. There are so many ways to enjoy a day outside whether you are a seasoned hiker or biker or a complete novice. Local-in-the-know Greg Bearce is your go-to person to book your unique experience. Check in with him to discuss your interests, fitness level and bucket list and he will get you on the right track in no time. Greg and his top notch staff offer insight, instruction and help guests understand all the options that are available. It takes a lot of the mystery out of planning a day of recreation and helps keep everyone safe.
Pete Lane’s in the Sun Valley Village is adventure HQ. Stop in to book a guided hike or mountain bike ride to get your vacation on track
If hiking is your thing, or you’d like it to be, some excellent local hikes await. Experienced guides will lead you on one of three tempting trails or you can design your own adventure. The first is Proctor Mountain, a favorite with locals, and the site of North America’s first chairlift. Trails wend through Aspen groves, evergreen glades and fields of wildflowers on the way to a jaw-dropping view out over Baldy, Sun Valley and the surrounding mountains. This is rated a moderate to advanced hike lasting 2.5 to 3 hours and is a great way to prepare for additional hiking you may be planning.
For those ready for a challenge and up for some great cardio, the Baldy Blast Climb awaits. This thigh burner takes you up 3,000 feet of elevation all the way to the summit of Bald Mountain and is a truly scenic way to see the entire valley below. Enjoy a ride back down the mountain on the chairlift and gondola or stop at the bottom of the Christmas lift to treat yourself to a delicious lunch at Roundhouse. You’ve earned it! This excursion (not including lunch!) takes approximately four hours.
Biking, whether on the road or on single track in the mountains, is one of the best ways to enjoy Sun Valley. Let the pros at Pete Lane’s outfit you and introduce you to sport and to the area
If the will to see the summit of Baldy is there but the fitness level is trailing a bit, consider Averell’s Hike. Participants will ride the gondola to Roundhouse before hiking the last one-third of the mountain to the peak at 9,150 feet. The view is spectacular and the hike lasts approximately two hours. Again, hike or ride back down to Roundhouse for a burger or a fabulous salad. Lift tickets and lunch are not included in the cost of the hike.
Custom hikes into all of our wonderful wilderness area are also available. Guides will help plan what works best for your group and can even help arrange a picnic lunch from the Short Line Deli. Custom hikes generally go into the Dollar Mountain, White Clouds and Corral Creek areas. Pricing is per hiker, per hour.
If you dream of zooming around single track on a mountain bike but aren’t sure where to start, again, pop in to Pete Lane’s. Sun Valley is mountain bike Nirvana drawing some of the most accomplished and avid mountain bikers from around the country and the world to our trails. But even if you have never pedaled further than the corner store, this sport is within reach.
The pros at Pete Lane’s break down their biking instruction according to experience level. For the “never ever rider” they instruct in bike basics: breaking, shifting, safety and keeping in control. For the beginner, guides will help riders master biking skills and start working on small features and learning to ride in the dirt. For intermediate athletes, lessons help riders navigate terrain on single track with natural and bigger features.
Pete Lane’s has the gear and guides you need to enjoy what many call single track Nirvana and some of the best hiking anywhere.
Rides go out in three regions. The first is just east of Sun Valley in the Corral Creek, Trail Creek and Proctor trail systems. These are great for navigating beginner single track, last about three hours and offer an introduction to technical riding. For those who are comfortable on their mountain bikes, a trip into the White Clouds offers switchbacks, single track and moderate technical climbing. These rides last about two hours. For those with sound skills, the Baldy Downhill guided tour is a must-do. Whether you long for the freedom of downhill, enjoy cross country riding or want to experience the epic flow trails, Baldy is calling. The price for Baldy rides includes a lift ticket to get you up the hill so you can get after getting down it! Participants on Baldy rides must have proper riding skills including knowledge of navigating terrain on single track, switchbacks and appropriately riding thru natural features.
Greg also emphasized that Pete Lane’s is a great place to learn how to bike, period. “The thing we have the most fun with is when a guest is here on vacation who doesn’t know how to ride a bike,” he said. “Many people who live in cities, especially children, may not have that opportunity and we love to get them riding. We do a learn-to-ride for almost every age, for both mountain biking and road biking. Here, we have a great ability here to spend time with new riders and get them going in a safe, supportive environment. It puts a good taste in their mouth for this terrific sport.”
And if all of this sounds like an awful lot of work, there is yet another way to enjoy a two-wheeled adventure in Sun Valley. The Wheels & Wine Guided Bike Tour offers a leisurely tour of Sun Valley, offering the lay of the land and insight into the Resort’s rich history. Pedal your way to the start of a lovely evening (or afternoon) with a glass of wine. Cheers! “This is a favorite experience of Sun Valley guests,” Greg said, “people learn a lot and have a great time.”
Hiking or mountain biking around the Sun Valley area is big fun for the whole family and it’s kind of beautiful to boot!
No matter how you choose to enjoy Sun Valley’s bountiful natural resources, be sure to do so with an experienced guide. You will gain confidence and skills while enjoying some of the wonderful local trails many of us who live here call our “gym.”
All of the fun starts soon. Guided hikes and bike rides will be offered this spring, depending on trail conditions, but will be in full swing by Memorial Day weekend. Lift service on Baldy opens for the summer in early July. Please call Pete Lane’s at 208-622-2281 to learn more and to reserve your adventure. No visit to Sun Valley is complete without a trip on the trails.
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