The 18-mile Harriman Trail follows the Wood River, north of Ketchum, Idaho, and winds through mountain meadows, offering dynamic views of the Boulder Mountains. It's open to hiking and mountain biking. Although it's an easy ride — mostly downhill — from Galena Summit to the Sawtooth National Recreation headquarters, there are a few uphill spots to be on the lookout for.
HARRIMAN TRAIL
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Watch kids by the river
Expert hikeKid-friendly Pet-friendly Refreshments Bike trails Water feature
A winding river trail with great views
OVERVIEW
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• Lots — and lots — of wildflowers.• Galena Lodge, which is a great place for beer and lunch. • Mountain goats living way up high in the Boulder Mountains.
Drive 7 miles north of Ketchum on Idaho 75 to Galena Lodge and start your ride. It's a good idea to set up a shuttle vehicle at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters on the way. Otherwise, park anywhere along Idaho 75 and do short rides.
The hiking at Bruneau Dunes State Park near Mountain Home, Idaho, is wide open. Hikers will find a 5-mile trek around the backside of the dunes and into the state park's backcountry, or just simple hikes over and around the dunes. The ideal season is winter, spring and fall, as summer gets quite hot. You'll also want to pay a visit to the observatory after the sun goes down.
Swimmers' itch
A hike on the beach — in the middle of Idaho
BRUNEAU DUNES
• At sunrise and sunset, there are beautiful photo ops of rippling sands.• Many waterfowl make this their home in late winter and spring, and you may even see fast-running jackrabbits (look quickly!)• Be sure to poke around the state park's gift shop on your way out.
Drive east from Boise on Interstate 84 to Mountain Home. Take the first Mountain Home exit. Drive through town and head out Idaho 51 south from Mountain Home. Just after crossing the Snake River, turn east (left) on Idaho 78. The park's entrance is 2 miles away.
Steepareas
TItus Lake at Galena Summit, north of Ketchum, Idaho, is a classic hike to an alpine lake.It's a fairly easy jaunt at about 5 miles round trip, which makes it a suitable first hike for children. You'll also see beautiful country in the surrounding Boulder and Smoky mountains.
TITUS LAKE
Pristine alpine lake centerpiece of 5-mile hike
• Incredible views of the surrounding mountains, and many photo opportunities. • Early summer is prime wildflower season. • The lake so you can soak your feet after the hike. It's also a great picnic spot.
Drive north from Sun Valley on Idaho 75 to Galena Summit, about 27 miles. Traveling north, the trail parking area is on the right side of the road, and the trailhead is on the left.
The Fisher Creek/Williams Creek Trail, south of Stanley, Idaho, is a classic single-track mountain ride. It's a loop with the trailhead located along Idaho 75. The trail runs about 17 miles and winds through the foothills of the White Cloud Mountains, as well as timbered country.This is an intermediate bike ride with a lot of uphill climbing. But after summiting the track, the ride downhill through the trees is fast -- and furious. Parts of the trail are also hike-friendly.
17 miles of single-track on this loop
FISHER CREEK TRAIL
• Deer along the trail route, and lots of wildflowers in early summer. • Some sharp curves in the downhill stretch. • Breathtaking views of the Sawtooth Mountains on the tail end of the trail.
Drive Idaho 75 about 11 miles south of Stanley, and watch for the trailhead on the east side of the highway.
Accessible by boat shuttle across mountain lake
BARON LAKES/REDFISH LAKE CREEK TRAIL
This trail in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains is a classic setting for an alpine lakes adventure. It's also a quick way to see the Sawtooth Wilderness, just outside of Redfish Lake Lodge, near Stanley. It offers a variety of hikes to lakes in high altitudes. Plan for a moderate hike — unless you're planning to traverse the entire Sawtooth Mountain Range, which a lot of backpackers do in the summer.
• Elephant's Perch, a classic mountain • Redfish Lake Creek, a pristine mountain stream and a terrific place to cool off during your hike. • While at Mist Falls, look across the river toward the eastern canyon wall. One of the formations bears some resemblance to a man’s face. He’s nicknamed “The Man of the Mist.”
BY CAR AND BOAT: Head south on Idaho 75 from Stanley and turn off the Redfish Lake Road. You can always backpack the entire trail, but you can also cut the trip by 5.6 miles by doing the boat shuttle across Redfish Lake to the main trailhead. Make arrangements for the boat shuttle at the lodge.Take Idaho 21 from Boise to Stanley. About 5 miles before reaching Stanley, you will find the turnoff to Stanley Lake on the right.