Friday, September 12, 2014

Boulder bike tour set for Sunday

BCRD completes 7 miles of new trails at Galena

Express Staff Writer

    The Boulder Mountain Bicycle Tour will take place Sunday, Sept. 14, with a road bike rally from Ketchum to Galena Lodge and a mountain bike rally beginning at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters.
    The lodge will offer a special lunch menu and live music.
    Mountain bikers should meet at the SNRA building at 9 a.m. and road bikers at Ketchum Town Square at 10 a.m. A sag wagon will cruise the road for repairs if needed, and a shuttle van will be available at Galena for rides back to town.
    Participants will be able to check out more than seven miles of newly constructed trails around the lodge. The Summer Trails Project is a partnership among the lodge, the Blaine County Recreation District and the U.S. Forest Service. The recently built trails are the first phase of a three-year project.
    Work on the trail system commenced in fall 2013. Completion is targeted for fall 2016. The Galena Summer Trails Project will include 30 miles of newly constructed trails connecting to 17 miles of existing trails in a stacked loop system of beginner, intermediate and advanced single-track trails with Galena Lodge at the core of the system.
    The system will include 18 bridges. Signs will provide direction and describe historical and ecological points within the area.
    The new trails are designed for all users, including hikers, runners and equestrians.
    Visit to view a map of the newly opened trails.

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