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The Ashton-Tetonia Trail officially opened in 2010 and extends nearly 30 miles between the towns of Ashton and Tetonia, Idaho. The trail occupies a former rail spur once operated by Union Pacific (the...
The Idaho Falls Greenbelt is exactly what its name brings to mind: a green north-south connector through the city along both sides of the Snake River. On its north end, the trail runs adjacent...
The Portneuf Greenway is a collection of paved trails, currently totaling nearly 17 miles throughout Pocatello, connecting residential and commercial neighborhoods with natural areas. Trail advocates...
The Victor to Driggs Rail-Trail is nestled in a valley of eastern Idaho, surrounded by the beautiful Tetons. The paved north-south route follows a former Union Pacific right-of-way and parallels the...
We started our ride at Freeman Park on Science Center Drive and did an out-and-back ride for the entire trail.
The greenbelt guide that is available online is broken down into sections and is somewhat confusing. The trail is paved but the trail surface is a mixed bag. Some parts are narrow with tree roots protruding on the trail. Other sections, such as the east side of Memorial Loop, are wide and recently re-paved.
There is no signage at all. At some points, the trail crosses some major intersections such as the Pancheri Bridge and there was little thought given to how the cyclist might safely cross the busy street. The trail along the Sunnyside Extension passes through an industrial area. You can continue along the west side of the trail and cycle through the Snake River Landing Trails but, again, no signage as to how to get there.
This city is not cyclist friendly so you’ll have to watch out for motorists who don’t know how to behave around cyclists.
The section of the trail near downtown called Temple Loop and Memorial Loops are pretty and take you through parks along the Snake River. There is some nice artwork in the parks with plenty of green grass and places to sit and have a picnic.
Overall, I feel that this path is geared more for walkers. However, it is an interesting way to see a slice of downtown Idaho Falls that is quicker than walking.
My dad and I rode this trail starting at Ashton. He rides a comfort bike and I'm on a hybrid. I loved the views, but I pretty much hated the trail surface. I'm not a fan of mountain biking and that was part of my problem! It was widely variable with lots of softs spots, rocks, ruts, and other things I wasn't a fan of riding over! Also, there is no shade!
Went with my wife and 14yr son from Tetonia to Ashton. Took about 5 hours. Started about 130p and finished before 7p. It was fun and will do it again. We choose the Tetonia to Ashton direction because it's had a net downhill grade. Glad we did because this is the first bike ride for my wife and 30 miles is a long way to go for a beginner. She was a real trooper and finished in first place.
Overall it was a great ride. Beautiful scenery, easy ride and no one else on the trail.
I rode this trail from Ashton towards Tetonia on a HOT July day. Although I started before 9am the temperature was near triple digits by noon. Despite the heat, which necessitated turning around about halfway, this was a lovely ride. You can't beat the views as you bike up to Tetonia. The rivers and streams, the various crops in full bloom, the trestles and not one other person on the trail! I'm not antisocial but I do like having a trail to myself! ¿¿ A couple things to take into consideration if riding this trail: there's no water so pack plenty; use the potties when you see them as they ate few and far between; take a mountain bike as parts of the trail are rough; start in Ashton if you're planning an out and back as then on your way back when you're tired it's a downhill coast.
we rode from Tetonia to Ashton and back on a hot afternoon. The trail is wonderful and the bridges spectacular. The views of the Tetons on the way back are indeed well worth it. We did not find too many soft spots (except in the detour) and rode on our cross bikes, which worked fine for us.
This ride is definitely worth doing from Ashton to Tetonia so the Tetons are always in your view. Trestle bridges are cool too.
Over the length of the 30 miles, there's variation in the trail bed with some places being smoother/rougher than others. Our family of 5 (youngest was 8 years old) rode it in 6 hours with long lunch break on a hot day (85 degrees+). We didn't have any flat tires. We felt the "detour" section was the most difficult simply because of the hilly roads you had to travel.
I had heard rumors that the AT trail was OK for cross bikes, so I tried my Trek Crossrip Elite with 700x32 tires out this morning. The verdict: Take your mountain bike, preferably with decent suspension. Most betweener-type-bike riders would find the AT a disappointingly slow, bone-jarring slog. And at the 20-mile mark (from Ashton), you cross a tricky rocky causeway with a long drop off on both sides.
The trail was fine, well-marked and in generally good condition, and there's great scenery (only the iconic Teton Mountains in the distance!). Surfaces are wildly variable, ranging from packed dirt to loose rock to gravel to gritty sand to bumpy tufts or widely spread grass. Passing over the bridges is a blast, but make sure you slow for the cattle-gate-type funnel at one end of each. You pass through mostly open country with only occasional stands of trees. Grades are gentle and you won't often find yourself needing to shift. One exception is the diversion south of Drummond, where you (if you start from Ashton) are first sent on a county two-track road between farm fields. There are a few steep pitches, and if the farmers are irrigating, the track can be pretty muddy. Careful there.
Most riders will find a 30-mile, one-way trek (I suggest starting from Tetonia most days) plenty of work. (I took the AT trail from Ashton to Tetonia and then Highway 32 back to Ashton. Just couldn't run my ill-suited bike back again.) There are nice opportunities for out-and-back trips covering part of the trail from both trail heads, but Ashton gets you to the longer bridges sooner, and the Tetons are in front of you.
Nice trail, the trestles were impressive. Just past Drumond some serious erosion is taking place that needs attending and the detour sucks. Otherwise, it was fun.
Started late in evening from Victor. Wind SW 25-30 knots. It just blew me north on my Tri-Cruiser with very little effort on my part. Just out of Driggs is a spur off the trail through woods along Creekside Meadows Dr, in .43 mile comes to end at the Creek. Then back to enter Driggs. Return to Victor at Sundown into wind using power to help with Head wind. Pictures will show the scenes along the straight trail. 10Jun 2014
One of our dogs just had cruciate ligament surgery give weeks ago. We took him for maybe 1 1/2 miles north put of Victor. Nice scenery all around, fields and mountains nearby. But no shade on this part of the trail.
We did the full ride from Ashton-Tetonia. Totally worth the saddle sores. Mountain poo included.
Took the family out for a fun ride from Drummond to Ashtonm (got ice-cream). The grade is overall downhill heading North from Drummond to Ashton. I felt the burn more on the return ride--I'm not in shape!
Late afternoon-early evening is a fabulous time for great light and photos.
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