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Durrance Loop Fat Bike

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Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

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  • The visitor center.- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Prepping for a fat bike ride Durrance Loop.- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Everything is very well-marked in the Blaine County Recreation District. - Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • The trail starts off lined with trees but soon opens up to a wide meadow. - Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Riding the Durrance Loop.- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • The Durrance Loop.- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Dogs love it here, but they are still getting used to seeing fat bikes!- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • This trail is mainly used for cross-country skiing. - Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Dogs are welcome on the Durrance Loop.- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Looking north toward the Galena area. - Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Looking south toward Ketchum. - Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • The course is wide open and easy to navigate. - Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • There are both serious and casual skiers on this course. - Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Ski tracks on the Durrance Loop.- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Skiing the Durrance Loop.- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Ski tracks on the Durrance Loop.- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Approaching the end of the Durrance Loop.- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • At the end of the loop. - Durrance Loop Fat Bike
  • Beautiful views from the Durrance Loop.- Durrance Loop Fat Bike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy terrain. Beautiful scenery. Dogs allowed. Restrooms.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
6,278.00 ft (1,913.53 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
4.30 mi (6.92 km)
Total elevation gain: 
15.00 ft (4.57 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,263.00 ft (1,908.96 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Durrance Loop is a great place to jump on your fat bike and take a winter ride just north of Ketchum, Idaho. Most of the trails in the Blaine County Recreation District's massive system do not allow bikes on their courses, so finding a place to ride can be tricky this time of year. The trail is mainly frequented by cross-country skiers and their lucky dogs; there is no snowshoeing here, and fat biking is still catching on, so you won't see many other bikers. Dogs can safely run alongside through the wide open and flat terrain, which is a great perk of this particular trail.

One of the few other nearby winter bike options is the Wood River Trail in town. The Durrance Loop is much better suited for an athletic and uninterrupted ride, however. The ride is not challenging overall, but it is a pretty area and it has a mellow vibe. A few quick laps could be an easy way to stay in biking shape throughout the year if you are looking for a workout, but casual riders can also enjoy a slower single lap. The Wood River Trail is more dynamic and has more options, but the Durrance Loop allows you to throw on your headphones and avoid the cars at multiple crossings and intersections that come with rides in town.

There is a large parking lot that also serves the North Fork trails (cross-country and snowshoe only) and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Visitor Center. This is a popular spot thanks to its proximity to Ketchum, multiple trails, and facilities. You will need a day pass, which you can get at the visitor center, or an annual pass, which you can purchase online.

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