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Sawtooth National Recreation Area

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306 mi 492 km of trail 18 Featured Rides

Easy Trails 16 Trails Intermediate Trails 39 Trails Hard Trails 26 Trails

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Sawtooth NRA) consists of 756,000 acres of scenic mountain country. The Sawtooth NRA has over 700 miles of trails, 40 peaks rising over 10,000 feet and 300 plus high mountain lakes that add to the spectacular scenery and vistas. Recreational pursuits include outdoor activities of camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing, boating and canoeing, rafting, observing nature, photographing and bicycling.

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This area is also home to the Boulder-White Cloud mountains, some of the most stunningly beautiful mountains in the US. They were also home to some incredible mountain biking until a recently signed wilderness bill (August 7, 2015) permanently banned all forms of mechanized travel, including mountain bikes. Read about the experience of Brian Smith, an MTB Project Content Manager who embarked on a last-minute, 26 hour road trip to experience the Boulder-White Clouds by bike, literally moments before President Obama ended mountain biking in that area forever.

There are still ways to experience the area, however. One ride that's still legal is the Big-Little Boulder Loop. This big backcountry adventure gets you pretty high up in the Whitecloud mountains, with a great descent back down.

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Featured Rides in Sawtooth National Recreation Area - 17

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Favorite The big finale of Williams Creek.

Fisher Creek Loop

17.7 mi 28.5 km • Loop • 2,011 ft Ascent 612.91 m Ascent

Singletrack Sun Valley, ID

( 44 )
Favorite Great views of the Sawtooth Mountains

Elk Mountain Loop

11.4 mi 18.4 km • Loop • 1,063 ft Ascent 323.89 m Ascent

Singletrack Challis, ID

( 16 )
Favorite The last bit of the Castle Divide route is through open sage meadows.

Big-Little Boulder Loop

22.4 mi 36.0 km • Loop • 3,466 ft Ascent 1056.33 m Ascent

Singletrack Sun Valley, ID

( 9 )
Favorite Riding up the creek

Big Bowery Loop

36.4 mi 58.6 km • Loop • 4,382 ft Ascent 1335.59 m Ascent

Singletrack Sun Valley, ID

( 2 )
Favorite The last bit of the Castle Divide route is through open sage meadows.

Idaho Trail Segment 5

37.3 mi 60.0 km • Point to Point • 4,705 ft Ascent 1433.94 m Ascent

Singletrack Sun Valley, ID

( 1 )
Favorite The top of Little Casino with the Sawtooths in the background

Little Casino - Big Casino Loop

20.3 mi 32.7 km • Loop • 3,605 ft Ascent 1098.83 m Ascent

Singletrack Challis, ID

( 6 )
Favorite Such a mellow and relaxing ride.

Galena Grinder - IMBA EPIC

25.6 mi 41.1 km • Loop • 3,056 ft Ascent 931.47 m Ascent

Singletrack Sun Valley, ID

( 2 )
Favorite Sawtooth Range

Redfish Lake Loop

13.9 mi 22.3 km • Loop • 1,977 ft Ascent 602.58 m Ascent

Singletrack Challis, ID

( 9 )

Trails in Sawtooth National Recreation Area - 63

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6.4 mi 10.2 km #1 Spring Creek Trail
Sun Valley, ID
6.4 mi 10.2 km Sun Valley, ID
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6.6 mi 10.6 km #2 Little Boulder Creek
Sun Valley, ID
6.6 mi 10.6 km Sun Valley, ID
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8.9 mi 14.3 km #3 Livingston Mill - Castle Divide Trail (North Segment)
Sun Valley, ID
8.9 mi 14.3 km Sun Valley, ID
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11.5 mi 18.4 km #4 Germania Creek Trail
Sun Valley, ID
11.5 mi 18.4 km Sun Valley, ID
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13.0 mi 20.9 km #5 Grand Prize
Sun Valley, ID
13.0 mi 20.9 km Sun Valley, ID
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2.2 mi 3.5 km #6 Rip and Tear
Sun Valley, ID
2.2 mi 3.5 km Sun Valley, ID
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14.0 mi 22.6 km #7 Martin-Big Casino
Sun Valley, ID
14.0 mi 22.6 km Sun Valley, ID
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3.8 mi 6.1 km #8 Elk Mountain Trail
Challis, ID
3.8 mi 6.1 km Challis, ID
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9.6 mi 15.4 km #9 Sunny Gulch
Challis, ID
9.6 mi 15.4 km Challis, ID
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5.5 mi 8.8 km #10 Alturas Creek
Sun Valley, ID
5.5 mi 8.8 km Sun Valley, ID
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3.2 mi 5.1 km #11 Redfish Ridge Trail #400
Sun Valley, ID
3.2 mi 5.1 km Sun Valley, ID
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0.6 mi 0.9 km #12 Mine Shaft
Sun Valley, ID
0.6 mi 0.9 km Sun Valley, ID
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2.8 mi 4.4 km #13 Yellowbelly Trail #096
Sun Valley, ID
2.8 mi 4.4 km Sun Valley, ID
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0.8 mi 1.3 km #14 Bench Lakes Trail #155
Sun Valley, ID
0.8 mi 1.3 km Sun Valley, ID
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2.0 mi 3.2 km #15 Bull Moose Trail #399
Sun Valley, ID
2.0 mi 3.2 km Sun Valley, ID
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3.5 mi 5.7 km #16 Hell Roaring Trail #097
Sun Valley, ID
3.5 mi 5.7 km Sun Valley, ID
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1.1 mi 1.8 km #17 Pettit Creek Trail #095
Sun Valley, ID
1.1 mi 1.8 km Sun Valley, ID
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1.9 mi 3.1 km #18 Pettit Lake Cutoff Trail #041
Sun Valley, ID
1.9 mi 3.1 km Sun Valley, ID
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2.7 mi 4.4 km #19 Cabin Creek Trail #191
Sun Valley, ID
2.7 mi 4.4 km Sun Valley, ID
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2.3 mi 3.6 km #20 Mays Creek Trail #192
Sun Valley, ID
2.3 mi 3.6 km Sun Valley, ID
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