Fox Peak – Adams Gulch/Ridge to Sun Valley/ Ketchum – Idaho- July 31, 2009F

Words by Lee Lau. Photos by Lee Lau and Tyler Wilkes unless otherwise noted.

Day 1 – History Rock – Bozeman, Montana
Day 2 – 3 – Trespass/Sypes; Emerald; A big peak|
Day 4 – Somewhere
Day 5 – 6 – Corral Creek, Fox Peak – Ketchum, Idaho
Day 7 – Warm Springs Creek;
Pioneer – Long Gulch
Day 8 – Corral Creek, Fisher Creek – Stanley, Idaho
Day 9 – Bull Trout to Bonneville

Sharon and I regretfully left Montana on July 30th and spent a relaxing languid day driving to Sun Valley. We found a nice forest service campsite NE outside of town and the buzz of Cadillac Escalade’s on the Corral Creek turnoff just off the Trail Creek road. That night I managed to squeeze in a late night (and I mean late) 9pm ride of the Corral Creek trails with Lenny. Tyler drove in from Vancouver and got in at 3 in the morning after some border hassles – (applause for that dedication)

The next day we went to Giacobbi Square in downtown Ketchum to get a ride from a shuttle service (the Mountain Fairy). For $ 15bucks per head we got dropped off about 12 miles west of Sun Valley/Ketchum at about 8500 ft (SV/Ketchum is about 5,800ft) and we saved the hassle of a big long retrieval of vehicles.

Our route took us for a short out-and-back exploratary ride W of Fox Peak along the Warm Springs Ridge. Then we doubled back to Fox Peak and took the Adams Gulch route taking the N ridge variation which climbs and sidehills on ridgeline back to town; taking Tr 142, Sunnyside and Shadyside. No-one seemed too interested in checking out the Lane’s and Citizen

Trails variations so we headed back into town. This was a great way to check out the local trails. We got to see the Fox Peak/Warm Springs area; which is usually a bit far for most people to ride too – then we got to ride trails closer to town and get a taste of what Sun Valley had to offer.

The very recognizeable Mountain Fairy van; first at the Giacobbi Square pickup then closer to our drop-off with a view of the Boulder’s at 10k to 11k vertical to the N of us.

Sharon on the Warm Springs trail

Lee coming back along Warm Springs back to Fox Peak. Lupins love this hot, dry climate and the sandy soil

Tyler playing on a burnt out log trying to not get too dirty

Lilies on the Adams Gulch trail E of Fox Peak

Tyler on the Adam’s Gulch trail on the ridgeline N variation of the loop. Over 60K acres of forest burned here not long ago

Sharon on the start of our ridgeline ride

Lee flower skipping

Adams Gulch trail – N Ridge loop variation. Fox Pk from whence we came is in picture centre

Sharon railing turns off the ridge

Tyler blasting down the Adams Loop. A large group was pushing uphill – an unconventional direction since this loop is typically ridden the way we were going

Sharon making her way down Tr 142 looping around Griffin Butte – a rock massif just N of town

The Norco Fluid seems to pick up a lot of flowers – nice harvest off Sunnyside

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