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Wood River Trail

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Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

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  • Starting off at the River Bottom Trailhead near Sun Valley Ski Resort. There are several parking spots here.- Wood River Trail
  • Fat biking on the Wood River Trail.- Wood River Trail
  • An informational sign here at the trailhead lets you know all the many options you have ahead of you. - Wood River Trail
  • The Wood River Trail.- Wood River Trail
  • Crossing one of the many bridges on the western route. - Wood River Trail
  • There is so much beautiful terrain along your ride. - Wood River Trail
  • All major junctions are very well-marked.- Wood River Trail
  • One of the artistic touches of Ketchum along the trail. - Wood River Trail
  • Open meadows and vistas along the route. - Wood River Trail
  • Heading south on the way toward Hailey.- Wood River Trail
  • The trail passes by some residential areas.- Wood River Trail
  • You can walk, bike, and cross-country ski on this multi-use trail. - Wood River Trail
  • A fly-fisherman at the river access point south of the ski resort along the trail. - Wood River Trail
  • A slice of heaven along the river.- Wood River Trail
  • Heading north from the River Run Trailhead. - Wood River Trail
  • Biking the Wood River Trail.- Wood River Trail
  • Everything in the Blaine County Recreation District is so well-marked. - Wood River Trail
  • Head north from here to reach Hulen Meadows or west toward the Warm Springs area. - Wood River Trail
  • You can reach the trail from just about any hotel in town.- Wood River Trail
  • The Boundary Trail extends all the way to the Sun Valley Nordic Center. - Wood River Trail
  • One of the bridges along the trail leading down to Hailey.- Wood River Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful scenery. Multi-use trail. Lots of options and destinations. Dogs allowed.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
5,608.00 ft (1,709.32 m)
Route Characteristics: Mountain biking: 
Trail
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Suitable for:
Hiking
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
20.00 mi (32.19 km)
Total elevation gain: 
25.00 ft (7.62 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,783.00 ft (1,762.66 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

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The Wood River Trail is a long biking, walking, and cross-country trail that loops around the mountain town of Ketchum but also can take you to the neighboring communities of Hailey, Bellevue and Sun Valley. The year-round trail has over 20 miles to explore, and there are many alternate routes and choices along your way. Only a few of the trails in the greater Blaine County Recreation District allow bikes, so the Wood River Trail is one of the best places to get a ride in. The trail hugs the river on the western side of town near the Sun Valley Ski Resort, and there are several river access points along the way if you have your fishing rod. The path is paved, but in the winter the path is a groomed snow trail that also has cross-country tracks cut into it. A fat bike is neccessary in winter, and there are plenty for rent in town if you don't have your own.

The trail can take you to the Warm Springs section of town as well as Hulen Meadows to the east. The Boundary Trail near the Sun Valley Nordic Center is also accessible from the Wood River Trail. Head south from Ketchum past the hospital over the large and beautiful bridges toward Hailey if you are looking for its longest possible ride. While you can reach the trail from basically anywhere in Ketchum, there are several trailheads with parking to give you additional access. Dogs are allowed, but they must remain under close control because of the multiple street crossings and intersections, so they aren't recomended for bikers. Unlike other trails in the BCRD, there is no charge to use this trail, so you can enjoy it for free.

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