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Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

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  • On our way to have some serious fun in the mountains at Galena Lodge.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Heading toward the yurts on the Rip and Tear Trail and starting on the hill right behind the lodge. - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Looking southwest toward the Titus Creek area. - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Wind blowing the new snow off of the trees.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Looking east toward 11,153-foot Galena Peak.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Looking west toward the Psycho Adventure Trail area. Notice how steep that cross-country track is. There is terrain for all skill levels here.  - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing from Galena Lodge.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Enjoying the freshly fallen snow with Galena Peak in the background. - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • The wind can make for some beautiful snow-blown scenery. - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • An open view of the canyon.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • The track is easy to follow.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Snowshoeing from Galena Lodge toward the yurts.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • A couple enjoying their weekend staying at the Senate View Yurt. - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Senate View Yurt.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Yup, they even have a sauna!- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • The Star's Perch Yurt just a bit further up trail. - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Soon you enter a tight forest of pine trees. - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • The beauty and the variety of the terrain and scenery is stunning.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • The Honeymoon Yurt is the third and final one in this area. The fourth is called the Miner's Yurt and is along Tilt-A-Whirl Trail.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Snow-covered moss growing on a tree in winter. - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • This area is a fantastic place to snowshoe.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Looking west toward Galena Pass.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • A small snow storm quickly sweeps in.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • There are endless trails to explore here.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Snowshoers on Tilt-A-Whirl Trail near the Senate Loop Cross Country Track.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • Stop in the lodge for some really tasty food at reasonable prices. - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • The restaurant is your only nearby option for food and drink; fortunately the food is delicious! Be sure to try the chili.- Galena Lodge Snowshoe
  • The rental shop in the lodge, where the location is very convenient and the staff is helpful. - Galena Lodge Snowshoe
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Absolutely beautiful scenery. Tons of trails. Large variety of terrain. Yurts available. Restaurant and rentals on site.
Cons: 
No cell service.
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Region:
Sun Valley + Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Groomed trail: 
Yes
Highest point: 
7,590.00 ft (2,313.43 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
16.50 mi (26.55 km)
Total elevation gain: 
276.00 ft (84.12 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,314.00 ft (2,229.31 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Snowshoeing the trails of the Galena Lodge is truly a privilege for winter enthusiasts. Normally it can be tough to find a safe place to enjoy long treks with such a wide variety of terrain, and that is what makes this place so special. You won't need to drag the family out into the middle of nowhere to finally get some solitude and some serious miles underfoot. Whether you are cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, staying overnight in their yurts, or simply enjoying a great meal in a beautiful mountain setting, Galena won't disapppoint you. With over 16 miles (27 kilometers) of hikeable terrain, it's one place you won't get to see all in one day. Locals and tourists come back again and again to recreate in the dry Idaho snow surrounded by several iconic peaks.

Located about 30 minutes north of Ketchum, it's just far enough from town to give you a true sense of isolation without forcing you to spend too much time on the road. An on-site rental shop ensures you will not be forced to acquire your gear in town before making the journey up, and it is great if you happen to leave a critical piece of gear at home. There are hikes for all skill levels so nobody is left out of the fun, and you can even bring your dogs on all 12 of the snowshoe trails. Plan ahead and reserve one of the four yurts to take your trip to the next level and take the time to really soak up the natural beauty and solitude. There is even a sauna for the yurt guests to warm their chilled bones after a long hike. This place is honestly amazing.

Starting out from the lodge is the Rip and Tear Trail, which takes you along three of the Yurts. The hike is fairly steep right from the beginning, but it levels out and provides some of the best views from anywhere in Galena. It also gives you great access to several other trails including Lodge Loop and Tilt-A-Whirl. If you are looking for flat terrain, consider the Valley Trail and the Cowboy Cabin Loop, which are located across Highway 75 to the west of the lodge. If you want more steep and challenging terrain, look no further than the Psycho Adventure and Northwood Trail. The variety here is remarkable, and the size of the overall system is almost daunting; there is plenty of terrain here to keep you busy for several return trips. As part of the greater Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD), you can purchase an annual pass online or get a day pass at the lodge. The larger trail system extends from the Galena Pass all the way down through Ketchum to the town of Hailey, offering literally a lifetime of winter adventure on your snowshoes, fat bikes or cross-country skis.

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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