Sawtooth National Recreation Area

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276 mi 444 km of trail 18 Featured Rides

Easy Trails 12 Trails Intermediate Trails 24 Trails Hard Trails 30 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.

Local Info

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.

Food & Drink

After the Ride: Local Favorites

Mountain Village Restaurant & Saloon Cod fish & chips are excellent here
Stanley Baking Company Sundays = breakfast all day. Enjoy!
Trail Creek Cabin Dine where Hemingway and the Hollywood elite did!
Sun Valley Club & Golf Course Home of the Trail Creek & White Clouds Courses, great spot for lunch or a cocktail on the patio. Enjoy the views!
Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta A family friendly restaurant featuring hand-tossed pizza, pasta bowls and salads. Very casual and fun fare for kids. A full take-out menu for parties and picnics is available.
Grumpy's Here's a tip...the burgers are the bomb-diggity!
Lefty's Bar & Grill The fries are awesome
231 6th St E, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-2744
Ketchum Grill i love this place
520 East Ave N, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-4660
La Cabanita Loooovvvveeeed it!! Seriously excellent food. And we are a bit of Mexican food enthusiasts!
160 W 5th St, Ketchum ID — (208) 725-5001
Rickshaw No reservations so it a gamble. They fo have soy free and gluten free menus
Perry's Restaurant Waffle fries r delightful.
Despo's The Chimichanga is amazing, and also the Taco's.
211 4th St E, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-3068
Bigwood Bread Cafe when they first opened the kitchen was too small - slow service. now they've expanded the kitchen and seating and it's much faster!
380 N East Ave, Ketchum ID — (208) 928-7868
Johnny G's Sub Shack Best subs in town
Town Square Tavern Tunis Chicken and Crispy Onions
360 N East Ave, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-6969
Enoteca get a table in the window, order a glass of Prosecco and enjoy!
300 N Main St, Ketchum ID — (208) 928-6280
Velocio Chai Latte
601 Sun Valley Rd, Ketchum ID — (208) 928-7825
Wiseguy Pizza Pie Add a side of ranch!
460 Sun Valley Rd, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-0737
KB's Great food and great service! I highly recommend!
260 N Main Street, Ketchum ID — (208) 928-6955
Kneadery Best breakfast in Ketchum. Mike will always be missed.

Areas Within Sawtooth National Recreation Area

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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
Unknown
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3.8 mi 6.1 km
#3 Elk Mountain Trail
Challis, ID
3.8 mi 6.1 km Challis, ID
Bad / Closed
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Fallen Trees - Still tons of downed trees on the rock garden section of the elk mtn loop. Counter clock wise would work as an out and back.
56 days ago
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.
23 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
Unknown
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Sun Valley, ID
4.1 mi 6.6 km Sun Valley, ID
All Clear
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29 days ago
7.3 mi 11.8 km
#10 Washington Lake
Sun Valley, ID
7.3 mi 11.8 km Sun Valley, ID
Unknown
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6.7 mi 10.8 km
#11 Williams Creek
Sun Valley, ID
6.7 mi 10.8 km Sun Valley, ID
Unknown
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6.4 mi 10.2 km
#12 Spring Creek Trail
Sun Valley, ID
6.4 mi 10.2 km Sun Valley, ID
All Clear
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Mostly Dry: It was all cut out and lots of fun! Great trail
38 days ago
2.8 mi 4.5 km
#13 Boundary Creek
Challis, ID
2.8 mi 4.5 km Challis, ID
All Clear
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Dry - A few downed trees and snow right as you get to the junction with Sunny Gulch.
49 days ago
Challis, ID
4.8 mi 7.7 km Challis, ID
Minor Issues
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Mostly Dry - There's dozens of trees down on the trail.
42 days ago
2.2 mi 3.5 km
#15 Rip and Tear
Sun Valley, ID
2.2 mi 3.5 km Sun Valley, ID
Unknown
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Sun Valley, ID
1.7 mi 2.7 km Sun Valley, ID
Unknown
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6.2 mi 9.9 km
#17 Little Casino
Challis, ID
6.2 mi 9.9 km Challis, ID
All Clear
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Dry
9 days ago
5.9 mi 9.5 km
#18 The Grinder
Sun Valley, ID
5.9 mi 9.5 km Sun Valley, ID
Unknown
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Challis, ID
6.1 mi 9.8 km Challis, ID
Bad / Closed
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Fallen Trees - Dozens of fallen trees on the way to Lady Face falls
52 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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