Take on the Tetons

Black Canyon Creek
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Finally, what would a trip to the Hole be if you never once got up on the lip? For this off-road ride, you'll take on a physically and technically challenging route, approximately 11 miles one-way.

It's best if you set up a shuttle, leaving the bottom car where Old Pass Road and Wyoming 22 split west of Jackson. You're headed to the Teton Pass with the bikes. Make sure you've got plenty of brake pads and nerve before you unload at the trailhead on the south side of the road. You'll need plenty of wind, too, as you continue climbing—this time on the bike—for an additional three miles.

Once you reach the top, you will want to stop and take a few pictures (you did bring your camera, didn't you?) of the Snake River Valley stretching out below. If you brought along binoculars as well (yes, I know they may be heavy, but you'll be glad you did), you can pick out the spots where you've been riding the past few days.Eventually, though, you'll have to leave. Tighten your helmet and stay focused as you dive down toward Black Canyon Creek. Don't worry, the entire descent isn't as dramatic as the first part. You will gradually lose the remaining elevation as you drop off the ridges into the canyon that blinks in and out of a dense canopy of small trees and brush. In this area you'd be wise to control your speed—you don't want to turn the corner on some mama moose that thinks you're trying to come between her and her baby.

For More Information

These rides really only scratch the surface of biking available in the Hole. For more information, invest in the worthwhile Jackson-area mountain-biking map put out by Adventure Cycling Association when you stop by one of the local bike shops; you may even get lucky and get directions to one of the"private biking holes."

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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