Big Wood River Trail

Type: Backcountry
Snow Trail
Length: 2.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Sawtooth National Forest, Ketchum Road, 3 mi. north of Ketchum, west side of State Route 75 and Big Wood River (extended 1981).
States: Idaho
Counties: Blaine
Latitude: 43.71844   Longitude: -114.37838

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The Big Wood National Recreation Trail follows the Big Wood River from Lake Creek Trailhead upstream to the new Fox Creek Trailhead. The BWNRT feeds the very popular Fox Creek trail system, that sees over 20,000 visitors annually. It is popular with hikers, runners, mountain bikers and horsemen. It is also popular with fishermen, as the adjacent Big Wood River is a blue ribbon trout stream. The BWNRT is in the Smoky Mountains of Idaho, just outside the resort town of Ketchum, home to the Sun Valley Ski Area.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 4%
Elevation Low Point: 6,050
Elevation High Point: 6,125
Year Designated: 1979

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
David Gordon
Sawtooth National Forest
P.O. Box 2356
Ketchum , ID 83340
(208) 622-5371



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