September 6, 2020
French Fry- Sunday, September 6
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Mileage: 56 miles
Elevation gain: 4,386 feet
Type of terrain: A little bit of paved and mostly gravel roads
New and improved French Fry. This is the 2nd longest route of the day and offers all of the jawdropping views and remote landscape of the Baked Potato, just in a smaller package. We start and finish at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley with a neutral rollout. Trail Creek road is our gateway into the mountains. You’ll follow rolling hilly pavement for less than 10 miles, then the trail kicks up, pavement turns to gravel and you are truly earning your entry into Private Idaho. From the starting elevation, you’ll climb about 2,000 ft up to the top of Trail Creek Summit and rest stop #1. This is the biggest climb of the day and you get it out of the way early. From Trail Creek, you hit the fast, smooth gravel that drops you into the aptly named Big Lost River basin. To your right are the distinctive Pioneer Mountains, Idaho’s 2nd highest mountain range topping out over 12,000 ft. This high mountain valley is home to pronghorn, deer, elk and moose outnumbering humans. As you turn towards Wildhorse Canyon, the gravel is often full of washboards that keep you on your toes. When you reach the Wildhorse rest stop, you're not done yet! You'll continue on course with the Pioneers looking down on you, one of the most stunning views of your ride. Be sure to look up and soak in the beauty of this place. As you head further out Wildhorse Canyon to Fall Creek and the turnaround, BE AWARE THERE WILL BE TWO WAY RIDER TRAFFIC on Wildhorse Road. From there, retrace your route back to Sun Valley via Wildhorse and Trail Creek. CAUTION: there is course split at mile 37 for French Fry and Baked Potato courses. Pay attention to signs and be sure NOT to turn with the Baked Potato riders. Once back on Trail Creek Road, the road gets smooth again, but the return trip may include headwinds and more washboards. When you top out at Trail Creek Summit again, you’re almost done. Just a 2,000 foot harrowing descent before hitting the pavement once more and returning to civilization in Sun Valley. Your long journey into the remote landscape of Idaho will be celebrated during the Off-The-Wagon Days Celebration at Festival Meadows. We’ll be waiting for you there!