North Fork of the Big Wood River

MODERATE 6 reviews
#32 of 56 trails in

North Fork of the Big Wood River is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ketchum, Idaho that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,643 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
15 days ago

This is a lovely hike! We did it in late-July and there were still loads of wildflowers blooming. There are many birds by the river, offering great birding opportunities. The trail is easy, with just some rolling steeps at the beginning; well maintained! I'd suggest leaving to hike early in the morning during the summer months as it can get hot in the alpine sun.
The drive in is long and bumpy requiring a medium, to high-clearance vehicle due to large rocks embedded in the road. There are numerous beautiful camping spots on the way in, no need to pay at the early campgrounds.
From the main trail you can access numerous big mountain ascents, so plan to backpack in and day pack up!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

You need a four wheel drive to get to the trailhead.

hiking
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This was a great moderate hike with fantastic scenery and a well maintained trail!

hiking
11 months ago

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Saturday, August 02, 2014