New mountain bike trail packs a punch (line)
By :EXPRESS STAFF
The BLM's Shoshone Field Office recently finished two trail projects in the Croy Creek area west of Hailey built specifically for mountain bikers.
"The trail is called Punchline and is like no other trail in the valley, and possibly the region," said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner John Kurtz. "Punchline is a 1.3-mile flow trail offering a unique experience where each turn links into the next; each jump has a durable, safe and confidence-inspiring landing; and each raised feature is placed in a location that 'flows' with the trail leading into it."
The trail allows for a variety of skill levels but is designed for more intermediate to advanced riders. As Tony Boone from the International Mountain Bicycling Association said, "Punchline is a fantastic all-mountain trail incorporating some cross-country trail leading to technical rock features that transition into two flow sections that command your attention." It is a one-way trail that is best accessed from the Croy Creek trailhead.
The other trail project consisted of rerouting 0.5 miles of the Two Dog trail. "The reroute provides a more sustainable and user-friendly trail from Democrat gulch to the Croy trail network," Kurtz said.
"We are very fortunate to be working with the BLM to help put the finishing touches on the Croy trail network," said IMBA's Chris Bernhardt. "The BLM continues to set the standard for bike-specific trails on federal lands, and the Croy trail network is a national model for other communities where wildlands interface with heavy recreation use. We are proud of our partnership with the BLM."
The construction project was paid for by revenue generated from Special Recreation Permit fees. See the new Blaine County Recreation District Trails and Pathways website for maps and detailed information regarding these trails: http://trails.bcrd.org/index.php. The new website provides a clearinghouse of information regarding all trails in the Wood River Valley.
For more information, contact Kurtz at (208) 732-7296.