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Osberg Ridge Trail

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Rank: #3 in Galena
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“Amazing traverse on high alpine singletrack. A new but Classic Sun Valley Ride.”
Jordan Carr on May 1, 2014
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11.5 Miles 100% Singletrack 2,266’ Ascent -1,798’ Descent 7,946’ Low 9,566’ High
Overview
This 12-mile trail traverses the 9,000-plus-foot divide between Baker and Warm Springs Creek. Eight miles of it has been recently reconstructed to reduce the grade. The trail follows the ridge on the south side of the Baker Creek drainage north of Ketchum. It begins at the Baker Lake Trailhead, eight miles up Baker Creek Road, and connects to the Castle Creek, Fox Creek and Adams Gulch trails.
Description
Begin this amazing alpine trail by shuttling a vehicle or catching a ride to the end of Baker Creek Road FS162. Climb up from the trailhead about 1-2 miles and watch as the views open up in all directions. You'll begin what seems like the never ending descent back down towards Ketchum as you traverse the extremely well-designed new ridge trail. Continue to follow signs for Osberg ridge as you make your way eastward on the trail. There are very few intersections, but all are signed.

"Despite being in the middle of pristine nothingness, the new Osberg trail rides like a loopy little excursion next to town. Uniquely, the trail does not torture you with a climb that lasts for hours before sending you down the other side like most trails in Sun Valley. It follows a ridge system, popping in and out on each side slapping you with show stopping views which make riding at anything other than a stop and go pace almost impossible. As it rolls along, Kodak moments inhibit progress, but we are not in a hurry. Each stop results in another telling of some tale from the road or reminiscing over our many rides past. Despite the mellow terrain, nearly everyone takes a soil sample resulting in arm or leg jerky, but no one seems to care. It is a perfect day for the perfect ride. Whoops can be heard in the woods, and at each stop high fives are thrown all the way around."

- From an article on the trail by Greg Randolph, Sun Valley Tourism
History & Background
Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and called the Warm Springs Ridge trail, it was renamed the Osberg Ridge Trail after Gloria Osberg, a longtime conservationist and author of “Day Hiking Near Sun Valley.” The trail was officially renamed during a dedication ceremony on July 3, 2013. Under the direction of the Ketchum Ranger District trails staff, four 12-person Northwest Youth Corps crews spent about two and a half months camping in the backcountry and provided the bulk of hand labor to reconstruct the trail. The nonprofit Northwest Youth Corps was created in 1984 to offer teenagers an education-based work experience modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and the Forest Service also provided two small trail “trackhoes” and operators to complete sections of the trail that could be accessed with machinery. Volunteers fromfrom the Idaho Trails Association helped to complete the work on work on June 22-23
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