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Big Smoky Trail

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A big backcountry trail with amazing views and singletrack.


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Map Key

18.7

Miles

30.2

KM

Point to Point

8,298' 2,529 m

High

5,608' 1,709 m

Low

241' 73 m

Up

2,922' 891 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The pass is snow bound until July and trees are usually cut out by mid-July.

Description

Big Smoky starts at the Mule Creek Trail on the pass. You'll enter an expansive meadow and pass the headwaters of mighty Salmon River! From this point, the trail is all very narrow singletrack. Users will need to understand that there are no bailout options, come prepared.

After passing through the meadow, the trail descends steeply on switchbacks and over rough terrain. There will be some occasional muddy areas, watch out for those since they tend to hide in the grass. The trail then mellows out and you'll begin a series of stream crossings. From here, the trail alternates from short ups and downs to smooth singletrack, followed by rocky sections and talus. A number of trails connect with Big Smoky, so it's easy to track your progress. After about 6 miles, the trail will cross to the west side of the river and remain on that side of the river for the remaining hike.

Signage is great along the trail and you'll have no problem navigating. Towards the end of the trail, there is signage that mentions a low and high trail. Unless you are doing this trail in late fall, you'll want to take the high trail. The river can be very dangerous otherwise.

Towards the end of the trail there are hot springs for those interested in a soak, enjoy!

History & Background

This is a historical motorcycle trail and they pay for maintenance, so please respect them if you see them on the trail!

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Wandervans

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#107

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An awesome valley!  From the Big Smoky Trail
Apr 13, 2015 near Sun Valley, ID

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