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Elevation Gain
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
2.60 mi (4.18 km)
Warming hut
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Stunning scenery. Not difficult terrain. Dogs allowed.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

6,893.00 ft (2,100.99 m)

Highest point

6,972.00 ft (2,125.07 m)

Features

Family friendly
Near lake or river
Big vistas
Big Game Watching
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Groomed trail

Yes

Snowmobiles allowed

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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