Sawtooth National Recreation Area

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276 mi 444 km of trail 18 Featured Rides

Easy Trails 12 Trails Intermediate Trails 25 Trails Hard Trails 29 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.

Areas Within Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Featured Rides in Sawtooth National Recreation Area - 17

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Trails in Sawtooth National Recreation Area - 48

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6.6 mi 10.6 km
#1 Little Boulder Creek
Sun Valley, ID
6.6 mi 10.6 km Sun Valley, ID
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11.5 mi 18.4 km
#2 Germania Creek Trail
Sun Valley, ID
11.5 mi 18.4 km Sun Valley, ID
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3.8 mi 6.1 km
#3 Elk Mountain Trail
Challis, ID
3.8 mi 6.1 km Challis, ID
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13.0 mi 20.9 km
#4 Grand Prize
Sun Valley, ID
13.0 mi 20.9 km Sun Valley, ID
Minor Issues
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Snowy, Mostly Dry, Some Mud, Fallen Trees: Trail Crew has not come through Grand Prize Trail yet. Downed trees, water damage to grand prize trail from heavy snow year.
90 days ago
Sun Valley, ID
8.9 mi 14.3 km Sun Valley, ID
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14.0 mi 22.6 km
#6 Martin-Big Casino
Sun Valley, ID
14.0 mi 22.6 km Sun Valley, ID
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5.5 mi 8.8 km
#7 Alturas Creek
Sun Valley, ID
5.5 mi 8.8 km Sun Valley, ID
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9.6 mi 15.4 km
#8 Sunny Gulch
Challis, ID
9.6 mi 15.4 km Challis, ID
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6.4 mi 10.2 km
#9 Spring Creek Trail
Sun Valley, ID
6.4 mi 10.2 km Sun Valley, ID
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Sun Valley, ID
4.1 mi 6.6 km Sun Valley, ID
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Muddy - just two log crossings, a little muddy but still awesome riding
10 days ago
7.3 mi 11.8 km
#11 Washington Lake
Sun Valley, ID
7.3 mi 11.8 km Sun Valley, ID
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2.2 mi 3.5 km
#12 Rip and Tear
Sun Valley, ID
2.2 mi 3.5 km Sun Valley, ID
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Dry
51 days ago
6.7 mi 10.8 km
#13 Williams Creek
Sun Valley, ID
6.7 mi 10.8 km Sun Valley, ID
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2.8 mi 4.5 km
#14 Boundary Creek
Challis, ID
2.8 mi 4.5 km Challis, ID
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Challis, ID
4.8 mi 7.7 km Challis, ID
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Sun Valley, ID
1.7 mi 2.7 km Sun Valley, ID
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5.9 mi 9.5 km
#17 The Grinder
Sun Valley, ID
5.9 mi 9.5 km Sun Valley, ID
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6.2 mi 9.9 km
#18 Little Casino
Challis, ID
6.2 mi 9.9 km Challis, ID
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Dry
76 days ago
5.0 mi 8.0 km
#19 Galena Gulch
Sun Valley, ID
5.0 mi 8.0 km Sun Valley, ID
Bad / Closed
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Fallen Trees - So many down trees seems like cyclocross training
41 days ago
6.2 mi 10.0 km
#20 Rough Creek Trail
Challis, ID
6.2 mi 10.0 km Challis, ID
Unknown
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