Why stop once you’ve ridden out to the start of the Black Canyon Trail from the parking lot at the top of Teton Pass? Yes, that is a beautiful stretch of singletrack, but you can make the ride longer by descending the Black Canyon Trail. That will equal make for a total of 6 miles of downhill riding.
What Makes It Great
From the top of Teton Pass, you follow an open ridgeline, ducking into and out of small stretches of pine trees, for about 2 miles. In early to mid July the wildflowers in the open meadows here might blow your mind. The trail crosses a fairly steep hill though, so don’t let the flowers distract you too much.
About two miles from the parking lot, the trail splits: one option is the freeride Lithium trail. Black Canyon is the other. That’s the one this entry is about.
The top half is not our favorite part of this trail. It’s an old school mountain bike trail—steep and switchbacking so that you can never really let off your brakes. You’d never use “flow-y” to describe it.
BUT, once you’re through the switchbacks—we can’t promise your hands won’t cramp from crushing your brakes—and into the drainage, it gets much more fun. It’s also more shaded in there. Up top, it’s south facing and can be hot all summer long and dusty later in the summer.
Not only is the lower half more shaded, but there area couple of stream crossings before you’re back at the Old Pass Road parking lot.
That will add 60-90 minutes to your ride and 2,200 vertical feet of climbing. Most people don’t do this though. Most ride out to Highway 22 and hitch back up to their car, leaving their bike with their partner down at the base.
Who is Going to Love It
If you want to be really bad-ass, you can park your car at this parking lot, and first ride up Old Pass Road to the top parking lot and then out to the trail’s start.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
About two miles from the parking lot at the top of Teton Pass, the trail splits: one option is the freeride Lithium trail. Black Canyon is the other. That’s the one this entry is about.