7.4 miles
665 ft
-656 ft
1 mile
High Point

The USFS has implemented the Big Wood Travel Plan which includes decommissioning many old mining roads in the area.

Senate Meadows to Pioneer Cemetery loop is a popular beginner loop ridden right from Galena Lodge. It can be ridden both directions but is recommended to be ridden clockwise. This loop contains very smooth and buffed out singletrack with gentle grades. With that said, it is still a very fun loop for beginners and experienced bikers alike.

Too much singletrack? Climb the Senate Creek road to either upper or lower Senate Meadows loop. Too long? Take Cherry Connector back to Galena View Loop and skip Pioneer Cemetery Loop.

Hikers enjoy this loop as well. However, on Galena View loop it is recommended to stay on the northeast section of the loop both to and from Senate/Pioneer as there is less highway noise and better views on the northeast section of Galena View Loop.

Like all of the singletrack trails at Galena, these trails are open to two-way traffic and shared use by hikers, horseback riders, runners, and bicyclists. Watch for and yield to others - on this and all trails. All Galena singletrack trails are closed to E-Bikes.

Detailed Description
Senate Meadows to Pioneer Cemetery Loop is a 7 mile popular easy route located near Ketchum Idaho. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a easy overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 665 ft with a max elevation of 7,582 ft then descends -656 ft.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat, Adaptive MTB, CX, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Senate Meadows to Pioneer Cemetery Loop mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    5 hr 41 min
  • Altitude min
    7,273 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,317 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,326 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,094 ft


  1. Walk east on Galena View Loop.
  2. Continue for 100 meters.
  3. Walk southeast on Galena View Loop.
  4. Continue for 400 meters.
  5. Walk northeast on Galena View Loop.
  6. Continue for 800 meters.
  7. Walk south on Galena View Loop.
  8. Continue for 60 meters.
  9. Turn left onto Galena Senate Connect.
  10. Continue for 700 meters.
  11. Turn left onto Senate Meadows Loop.
  12. Continue for 600 meters.
  13. Walk northeast on Senate Meadows Loop.
  14. Continue for 2 kilometers.
  15. Walk northeast on Senate Meadows Loop.
  16. Continue for 400 meters.
  17. Walk south on Senate Meadows Loop.
  18. Continue for 500 meters.
  19. Keep right to stay on Senate Meadows Loop.
  20. Continue for 200 meters.
  21. Walk southwest on Senate Meadows Loop.
  22. Continue for 700 meters.
  23. Walk southwest on Senate Meadows Loop.
  24. Continue for 600 meters.
  25. Walk southeast on Pioneer Cemetery Loop.
  26. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
  27. Walk northwest on Pioneer Cemetery Loop.
  28. Continue for 300 meters.
  29. Walk northwest on Pioneer Cemetery Loop.
  30. Continue for 70 meters.
  31. Turn left onto Senate Meadows Loop.
  32. Continue for 100 meters.
  33. Walk north on Senate Meadows Loop.
  34. Continue for 800 meters.
  35. Walk north on Galena View Loop.
  36. Continue for 300 meters.
  37. Walk south on Galena View Loop.
  38. Continue for 400 meters.
  39. Turn left to stay on Galena View Loop.
  40. Continue for 1.5 kilometers.
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Senate Meadows Connector
Jan 3, 2024 @ 3:30pm
Jan 3, 2024
Pioneer Cemetery Loop
Jan 3, 2024 @ 3:30pm
Jan 3, 2024
Galena View Loop
Jan 3, 2024 @ 3:29pm
Jan 3, 2024
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