SHOSHONE, Id. --The Croy Creek Trail Network near Hailey is officially open following several weeks of reconstruction this spring. Many of the trails within the Network had been severely damaged following the 2013 Beaver Creek Fire. The BLM Shoshone Field Office would like to thank all those involved with the reconstruction efforts: International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD), Great Basin Institute, Blaine County, Wood River Bicycle Coalition, Rotarun Ski Area, Sage Springs Homeowners, Sawtooth Backcountry Horsemen, Wise Guy Pizza and all the individual volunteers who put sweat equity into the project.
According to John Kurtz, Shoshone Outdoor Recreation Planner, “We had a lot of variable conditions to work under as we reconstructed the trails, from extreme moisture to extreme heat; but were able to finish the project on time. We are thankful to those who respected the recreation and trail closure -- this is the type of cooperation that helps BLM manage the public lands for current and future generations.”
The trails were reconstructed to beginner/intermediate mountain bicycling trail standards and are open to all non-motorized users. The Bullion Connector and Hidden Valley trails are open to motorcycles. As the trails were built for mountain bikers, they have banked turns that are very soft due to the dry soil conditions. Moisture and compaction are needed before the trails are set up, so they are not recommended for equestrians at this time.
The main access point to the trails is the Croy Creek Trailhead, approximately three miles west of Hailey. Two other access locations are available, Bullion Gulch road and Rotarun Ski Area. Access to the trails is not available from Democrat Gulch. All updates are available at the BCRD website: summertraillink.org.
The BLM will plan some additional work on the trails within the next year. It is important to get out and ride the trails now to help determine where best to focus our efforts to make the trails more sustainable and enjoyable. Please provide feedback to: BLM Shoshone Field Office, Outdoor Recreation Planner John Kurtz at 208-732-7296.
Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, several BLM park rangers and fire prevention crews will provide outreach and educational materials at recreation sites across the Twin Falls District. If you see a ranger or a firefighter, be sure to visit with them!