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.
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.