Fall Creek / Swan Valley Cross Country Skiing

The 14th most popular XC Ski in Idaho.

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Located in the Palisades Ranger District, the Fall Creek area contains a network of cross country skiing trails. These trails provide numerous opportunities for both loop, point to point, or out and back treks. The treks generally follow stream drainages up to the ridgetops. From the top, one can ride the ridges for many miles with views of the Wyomings Teton Mountain Range. Elevation ranges from 5500 feet along Fall Creek to 7000-8500 along the ridges. Access is off U.S. 26 approx. 40 miles south of Idaho Falls. One should take the Snake River Road (FS058) approx. 2 miles to Fall Creek Rd. (FS077). Trails start from numerous locations both north and south of the road. The trailhead for the Echo Canyon to Deadhorse Ridge Route is 1.6 miles down Fall Creek Road.

Highlights include Echo Canyon trail to Deadhorse Ridge, South Fork Fall Creek, Horse Creek, Porcupine Creek, Rash Canyon, Red Ridge and Fourth of July Ridge. These trails connect with the Bear Creek trail system which provides for over 100 miles of skiing.

Overall, Fall Creek / Swan Valley is the 14th most popular cross country ski area of all 43 Nordic ski destinations in Idaho. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Fall Creek / Swan Valley including Harriman State Park, Bear Gulch / Mesa Falls, Bear Creek/Palisades and Trail Canyon Trail.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  TNF (208) 624-3151; Idaho Tourism (800) 635-7820; Rendezvous Ski Tours (208) 787-2906.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Last Chance Lodge (208) 558-7068

Luxury Loding:  Teton Ridge Ranch (208) 456-2650

Breakfast Restaurant:  Chalet Restaurant, Last Chance

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/ctnf/

GPS:  43.43139, -111.40618

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  8/18/2016

ID:  7241