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Billy's Bridge Snowshoe

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Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

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  • The trailhead at the southern parking area.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Viewing deck, interpretive signs and spotting scopes near the trailhead. - Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • What a beautiful setting.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Head south (right) from here to reach the bridge and the loop. Head left to the north parking area to see the views of the mountains along the Big Wood River.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • North of the split has some amazing views.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • The Big Wood River.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • These are views you only get walking toward the loop from the northern parking area. - Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • A cross-country skier on the adjoining track.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Billy's Bridge.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • The fork in the loop.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Looking west from atop the main loop.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing to Billy's Bridge. - Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • This is a charming little trail through the woods.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Great views at the end of the loop.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Enjoying the sunset before heading back to the trailhead.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Enjoying the evening light on a snowshoe to Billy's Bridge.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Pretty sunset on the way back.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • The Big Wood River.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Beautiful scenery is everywhere along this trail.- Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
  • Thanks to the short and trail and easy terrain, you can do this trail safely at sunset. - Billy's Bridge Snowshoe
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Stunning scenery. Not difficult terrain. Dogs allowed.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Groomed trail: 
Yes
Highest point: 
6,972.00 ft (2,125.07 m)
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
2.60 mi (4.18 km)
Total elevation gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,893.00 ft (2,100.99 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Billy's Bridge is a beautiful snowshoe and cross-country ski trail system between Ketchum and the Galena Pass. The two parking areas give people plenty of room to spread out, and the easy terrain allows the whole family to join. Bring your dogs along for the journey over the Big Wood River and up into the mountains. The small bridge leads to an open meadow and connects to a loop trail that leads toward the small peaks and valleys of the lower steppes. The trail is very well-marked, just like all other trails in the Blaine County Recreation District. There are plenty of recreational opportunities around Ketchum, but Billy's Bridge stands out in terms of sheer beauty. The nearby river really adds to the experience, providing a soothing soundtrack to the trek.

The journey is a bit longer if you start off at the northern parking area because the loop around the meadow is southeast of both lots. The views along this section are quite spectacular with the river sitting just below the peaks, so it is worth checking out regardless of where you start. Keep your eyes peeled for a possible moose, elk or deer sighting. Day passes are $5 per person an can be purchased at the Sawtooth National Recreation Visitor Center along the way, or you can purchase an annual pass online.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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