Best Sawtooth Valley Trails - Alturas Lake Cross Country Skiing

The 2nd most popular XC Ski in Idaho.

  Stanley, Idaho, US


  August 1, 2016

North of Ketchum near Stanley in the Sawtooth National Forest, the Sawtooth Valley Trail System consists of two areas, Park Creek and Alturas Lake. The Alturas Lake Ski Trails are a 14km network of cross country skiing trails. The trailhead is located north of Ketchum and south of Stanley.

To reach the Alturas Lake trailhead from Ketchum, head north on SR75 for 34 miles. The trailhead is on the west side of the road.

Trail distances:

South Loop 1 km

Sheep Thrills 2.5 km

North Cabin Creek 2.5 km

Over the Hill 2.5 km

Wapiti 2 km

Alturas Lake Trail 6.5 km (from highway to lake)

Overall, Sawtooth Valley Trails - Alturas Lake is the 2nd most popular cross country ski area of all 41 Nordic ski destinations in Idaho. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Sawtooth Valley Trails - Alturas Lake including Galena Lodge, Sawtooth Valley Trails - Park Creek and Redfish Lake.

Local Contacts:  SVT (208) 727-5013; SNF (208) 774-3681; Idaho Tourism (800) 635-7820; Sawtooth Avalanche Info (208) 765-7323.

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Galena Lodge Yurts (208) 726-4010; Sawtooth Motel, Stanley

Luxury Loding:  Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch (208) 774-3544

Breakfast Restaurant:  Sawtooth Restaurant, Stanley

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  43.9496, -114.8147

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  8/1/2016

ID:  12359

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Sawtooth Valley Trails - Alturas Lake Cross Country Skiing Map