June 11, 2015
Dubois has a new bike trail, “The Overlook Trail”, and it officially opened May 30. The single-track trail begins on the north side peak of the Overlook and has a highpoint of 7,505 feet above sea level and ends at an elevation of 7,061 feet above sea level. A total of 639 vertical feet of downhill and 315 vertical feet of climbing cover the 3.2 miles to the bottom of McKinley Drive, the overlook road. Despite one 400+ foot climb, the trail is primarily a downhill cruise. Designed and built by an expert mountain bike trail builder from the Jackson area, the path is rife with banks, plunges, and jumps.
Not overtly technical, the Dubois Overlook Trail features options lending itself to both novice and expert mountain bikers alike. Riders will generally want to shuttle the trail or challenge themselves to pedal to the top before (or after) their screaming descent. Crafted not too intimidate, but delight hikers and riders alike, this trail is fun for all levels and all ages.
On the edge of the Shoshone National Forest, nestled between the Wind River Range and rugged Absaroka Mountains, sits the rustic and tiny rustic Town of Dubois. At the crossroads of the Continental Divide Hiking Trail and the Transamerica Bike Trail, Dubois is a pristine setting for backcountry skiing, picturesque hiking, remote climbing, and now, mountain biking. The landscape surrounding Dubois – the multi-hued crimson layers of badlands, forested peaks, tranquil lakes, and the meandering Wind River – inspired a handful of outdoor recreation enthusiasts to conceive Dubois Association for Recreation and Trails (D.A.R.T.), a non-profit dedicated to maintaining and improving access to local outdoor recreation opportunities. See complete trail maps at http://www.duboistrails.org/