3 miles
725 ft
-600 ft
2 miles
High Point

Big Wood Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Galena Lodge
    Ketchum, Idaho
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    June 25th - Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager

The Big Wood Loop is the most recently built trail at Galena. It's a challenging and fun singletrack on the west side of Highway 75. It is used mostly by mountain bikers looking to tack on something a bit more challenging. Much of the trail is not too steeply graded, but it is demanding and some sections pitch-up enough to really get your attention. The trail is often ridden in a counter-clockwise direction by bicyclists, as doing so allows riders to travel downhill through the trail's big south-side berms (big banked turns).

Like all of the trails at Galena, the Big Wood Loop Trail is 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.

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Access Info

From galena lodge head over to the west side of the highway, directly across from the lodge's sunny deck and bike shop. Drop down to follow the two-track road across the small footbridge crossing the Big Wood River (creek-like this far north) and quickly arrive at a road-like intersection near the proprietors' cabin and employee yurts. Turn right to head up Northwood Trail. Northwood parallels the highway. Stay right/straight on Northwood where several trails branch off to the left. After about 1.6 miles Northwood Trail intersects with a short spur trail that goes right to cross the creek-like Big Wood River. This little spur heads up to the Crosscut and Old Toll Road trails. Stay left/straight to get on the Big Wood Loop Trail.

Climb. Keep climbing. After you crest you will pass through some fun stuff where some options for getting some air exist - if all is clear ahead and below. Watch for others climbing up.

Descending, you will come to an intersection which is technically the end of the Big Wood Loop Trail. The trail is not a complete loop, but a variety of loops can be formed off of it, by utilizing the various options found at this intersection. To the left is the top/north side of Enid's Trail, which leads back to the Northwood Trail and connection to the lodge. To the right you can get on Enid's Cutoff, which also leads back to the Northwood Trail and the lodge. Also to the right is an option to get on the lower/south side of Enid's Trail, which drops to the south and down to the Titus Trail, which can be taken down to the lodge area.

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More Stats for Big Wood Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    124 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,488 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,488 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,612 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    719 ft
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Big Wood Loop Trail Reports

      Aug 30, 2020 @ 10:56am
      Aug 30, 2020
      Aug 12, 2020 @ 10:23am
      Aug 12, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 6 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 18 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      • 0 rides


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