West of Jackson and just east of Teton Pass, this mountain bike ride involves approximately three miles of lung-melting uphill followed by nearly eight miles of steep downhill, switchbacking down the eastern side of the Teton Range before meeting up with Black Canyon Creek. Unlike the downhill of the Cache Creek/Game Creek Trail, youll need brakes in excellent condition, plus your best bike-handling skills.
Two cars are needed for this adventure. From the town of Wilson (about 10 miles west of Jackson), take SR. 22 west up Teton Pass. Watch carefully for Old Pass Road. Park one vehicle where Old Pass Road and SR 22 split, then drive to the summit of Teton Pass (8,431 feet) and the trailhead at the parking area on the south side of the road. Before embarking, take a deep breath. The next few miles are a relentless uphill climb. Soon, however, the trail levels out and follows a rolling ridge, entering the forest before reaching a crest which begins the downhill portion of the trail.
From this spot, the wide Snake River Valley stretches invitingly below. The beginning of the trail as it starts its descent is rather tricky, but negotiable. The trail then quickly mellows a bit as it winds back and forth across the mountain through shoulder-high brush. Slicing in and out of the forest, the trail meets Black Canyon Creek. One quickly discovers this creek is well-named -- the dense canopy makes darkness out of daylight. The trail crossed the creek several times, before turning north and meeting up with Old Pass Road.