Sun Valley locals comprise a key component to this very special scene. Many times we found ourselves at a junction in the trail with map in hand, only to be steered to bigger and better descents from someone on a mid-day work break. This trend continued off the trail while seeking shelter from a massive thundershower. While ensuring the Sawtooth Brewing Co. was firmly in the black, we gained valuable recos from our bartender (and acclaimed documentarist), JR. On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have him join us for a guided tour of a Sun Valley classic, Greenhorn Gulch. Located just a few miles south of Ketchum, Greenhorn Gulch road peels off to the West and leads to a network of dozens of miles of linkable singletrack. We began with a flowy, gradual climb up a shaded creekbed. Eventually we peeled out of the drainage and hooked South, following a ridge and topping out with dramatic views of the Pioneer Mountains and Ketchum basin. After a requisiste photography stop we dropped into Imperial Gulch for miles of exposed, high-alpine singletrack. Back at the start, JR decided to split for work, but first set Langone and I up for lap 2. This loop consisted of a long grind up the other side of Greenhorn Creek to Lodgepole Canyon, which eventually peaked at 7,600 ft. After much gasping and wheezing, we dropped back down Greenhorn Creek for over 6 miles of uninterrupted, FAST and flowy goodness, just beating the rain back to the car.
Thanks again, JR!