Trail difficulty
Green
Elevation Gain
25.00 ft (7.62 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
20.00 mi (32.19 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Beautiful scenery. Multi-use trail. Lots of options and destinations. Dogs allowed.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

5,783.00 ft (1,762.66 m)

Highest point

5,608.00 ft (1,709.32 m)

Features

Family friendly
Near lake or river
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Hiking

Route Characteristics

Trail

Location

Field Guide

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