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Ride Report: Melissa grabs some Pocatello Dirt!


Melissa Riding Singletrack in Pocatello

Melissa Riding Singletrack in Pocatello

This just in:  Pocatello: A great shoulder season biking spot from Fitzy Team Rider Melissa Davidson.  Thanks for sharing!

I know some locals hate it when other locals complain about the weather in April. Yes, a typical Spring in the Rockies includes occasional snow storms accompanied by cold blasts, and we know to expect this every year. Squeezing in long bike rides proves to be a challenge. Wah, wah, wah.

So, it’s fun to get away if you can! Every weekend in April this year, I’ve managed to travel to warmer climates to get in some road and mountain bike miles: once in Salt Lake City and twice in Pocatello. Pokey is only a 2-hour drive from Teton Valley and it’s usually at least 10-15 degrees warmer over there.

Scout Mtn Road Ride

Scout Mtn Road Ride

On the road bike, you’ll find yourself climbing up decent-sized mountains and pedaling long stretches of quiet farm roads. On the mountain bike, you’re treated to fun and new singletrack.

Here are a few road/mtn ride ideas, both starting and finishing at Centennial Park, next to the City Creek trailhead:

Melissa on the Half Pipe

Melissa on the Half Pipe

*Some of the enjoyable mtn bike trails Rick and I rode were City Creek, Sullivan’s, and Over-The-Top; a couple of hours and a couple thousand fun vertical feet on flowy singletrack. We noticed trails jetting off in every direction at City Creek. If you are Fiddee, you ride for 4 hours up there and climb 6,000 verts all by the time most people are barely drinking their first cup of coffee.

It was a hoot to finish the ride with a long loopty-loop of half pipe, poignantly named 9-1-1. Pocatello trails have got it going on!

* On the road bike, we headed along the foothills and up Mink Creek, down into Arbon Valley for 12 miles or so before heading back to Mink Creek and up a ways to Scout Mountain and back down to the car. The wind into Arbon Valley rattled my brain and left hollow voices in my ears…but that’s probably from something else, entirely. I think I saw one car during our miles in Arbon Valley. Our ride was only 50 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing, but you could probably ride into the sunset on those roads.

* There’s also the Pocatello-Inkom-Buckskin Loop – it’s about 32 miles if you don’t take a wrong turn; and if you do take a wrong turn then it’s about 42. On a really rainy, cold day, don’t take the wrong turn.

Riding from City Creek

Riding from City Creek

Pocatello is a great escape if you want a quick weekend getaway to renew your biking spirit, wear fewer layers, and enjoy new restaurants.



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