The Galena lodge trail system makes up approximately 30 miles of dedicated mountain bike trails.
We combined five segments of trials to make up a seven mile loop.
Starting from the main parking lot of the lodge. Begin riding to the north on the old Gladiator jeep trail #189. This is a fairly steady/scenic climb for about two miles to a fork in the trail (adaptive level 5). At this intersection take a right turn onto trail NF-182. Trail NF-182 is an old logging road with some steep/loose sections that will definitely test your lungs! (adaptive level 6).
Ride roughly a mile up the NF-182 trail and there is a left turn which is the start of the Rip & Tear trail. This trail is fairly narrow tree lined one mile segment of single track with a lot of fast twitchy snake like turns. Use a some caution the first time through. Mistakes will be painful! The trail is primarily downhill and will take you a small plateau near a yurt (adaptive level 7). We took a left at the yurt and doubled back for quarter mile on service road NF-182 to the start of Spring creek.
Spring Creek connector is a one mile segment single track cross country trail that winds through forested area. There are two uphill switchbacks that pretty much required a little assistance to climb. They have a lot of loose gravel in them and all you seem to be able to do is spin and dig a trench! Shortly after crossing a bridge the trail will cross the old NF-182 jeep trail again. At that point you can see the sign for the start of the Senate meadows loop trail.
This segment is the start of the back half of the loop. Again, it’s a single track trail that works it’s way back a mile and a half northwest towards the lodge parking lot (adaptive level 7). At the end of Senate meadows loop you hit an intersection with Pioneer cemetery loop trail.
Linking the Pioneer cemetery and the Galena view loop together for a half mile return you to the lodge parking lot the complete the loop. The route is probably a little confusing for a first time visit to the area and would be helpful to have someone along familiar with the area.
Trail Name: Galena Lodge Loop
Location: Ketchum, Idaho | Map
Type: Narrow trail (< 30"), Start and end at the same point (Loop)
Rating: Adaptive Level 7
Length: 7 miles
Steepest Section: Moderate – between 10-30º
Most Off-Camber Section: Mild – under 10º
Terrain: Mostly hardpack, minimal loose sections
Obstacles: Root exposure, Brush and/or other growth, Baby heads and/or rock gardens, Drops, ledges, jumps, Water crossings
Help Needed? Yes, a little
Even more info: Blaine County Rec.
Directions to Trailhead
Drive twenty-five miles north of Ketchum ID. on highway 75 to the Galena lodge parking lot.
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