The Sun Valley Company has identified opportunities for expanding its novice, intermediate and advanced mountain bike terrain below Bald Mountain’s Roundhouse Restaurant utilizing sustainable “flow” design and construction techniques that link banked turns, sections of uphill gradients, and other natural and man-made features to manage downhill bike speeds. Examples of "flow" design and construction within the Wood River Valley include the Punchline Trail in the Croy Creek Trail network and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Forbidden Fruit Trail #159 in Eve’s Gulch.
If approved, trail construction could begin during the summer of 2014. Sun Valley Company would patrol and maintain the new trails. The Bald Mountain Trail will continue to be the primary hiking route from River Run to the Roundhouse Restaurant and the top of Baldy. No changes are proposed in existing use or layout of the Bald Mountain Perimeter Trail.
The USFS Ketchum Ranger District on June 10, 2013 authorized 11.2 miles of trail on the USFS portion of the Bald Mountain Ski Area, connecting the Roundhouse Restaurant to the top of Bald Mountain. This project on the BLM portion of Bald Mountain connects the River Run base area to the Roundhouse Restaurant.
The proposal along with tables and images of the proposed trails are available at: https://www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do (search Idaho, Shoshone FO, EA, 2013) or by contacting the BLM Shoshone Field Office. The 30-day comment period for this proposal begins October 30, 2013 and ends December 6, 2013. Comments should be mailed to: 400 West F Street, Shoshone, ID, 83352, Attn: Bald Mountain Summer Trail Proposal. Comments may also be e-mailed to: email@example.com. For more information, please contact BLM Shoshone Outdoor Recreation Planner John Kurtz at (208) 732-7296.