Galena Lodge

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

By the 1970s, Galena had become a destination for cross country skiers seeking the beauty of the Boulder Mountains, open meadows, challenging hills and powder slopes. Described by Snow Country as "arguably the best cross country ski trail system in the United States," the North Valley Trails was created in 1992 by the Blaine County Recreation district with help from a dedicated group of volunteers committed to quality, affordable skiing in the northern Wood River Valley. The North Valley Trails system is 100 kilometers of groomed ski trails stretching for over 20 miles between Ketchum and Galena Lodge. Trails are groomed for both skating and classic skiing with 36 kilometers open to doggies with their owners. There are also several trails just for snowshoers.

Activities


Hiking

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Backpacking

Day Hiking

The Harriman trail begins eight miles north of Ketchum at the Sawtooth NRA Headquarters, and gains a gentle 1200 ft. in elevation as it winds its way north and west to Galena Lodge. It follows the course of the Big Wood river, alternating through spacious meadows, aspen stands and lodgepole forests, always with the majestic Boulder Mountain Range as a scenic backdrop. Activities include hiking, mountain biiking, fishing and observing birds and wildlife, and horseback riding from Baker Creek north. In winter, the trail is groomed for Nordic skiing, serving as a vital link in the North Valley Trails system. Other North Valley Trails include Grinder Loop, Psycho, Rip and Tear, Cherry Creek Loop, Titus lake, Old Toll Road, and Gladiator Pass Trails.

Picnicking

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Winter Sports

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