By Jim Stanford on July 19, 2013
One of the perks of the Widespread Panic weekend at Grand Targhee — redeeming the festival from just total hedonism — was trying out some of the new mountain biking trails at the resort.
Targhee has been improving its trail network in recent years, adding signage for the Quakie Ridge Loop in Rick’s Basin and Lightning Loop to the south. The Mill Creek downhill into Teton Canyon also has seen a substantial upgrade.
Now there are a couple of well-marked routes going up and down Peaked Mountain. Accessed from Lightning Ridge, the Peaked trail climbs in gradual switchbacks to the top of the Peaked chairlift before linking up with 38 Special, a long downhill full of banked turns. 38 Special descends into Mill Creek, and riders can continue all the way to Teton Canyon or climb back to the resort.
There’s also plenty of lift-served downhill biking on the front of Fred’s Mountain, for those who prefer to do their climbing via a chairlift ride.
Whereas a good part of the Widespread crowd wasn’t exactly health conscious, attendees at this weekend’s Targhee Fest are more likely to be charging the single track. The smooth rides set the stage for musical performances by Los Lobos, Anders Osborne and John Hiatt tonight, Allen Toussaint and Bruce Hornsby on Saturday, and Wood Brothers, J.J. Grey and Alabama Shakes on Sunday.
For the full lineup, click here. Tickets are available at the gate for $55 or $65 per day, or $169 for the weekend. Free shuttles will depart about every 20 minutes from Driggs.
A little sweat helps earn the good times. On the trail and on stage, it’s time to roll.