Galena Lodge opens today for the summer season. Most trails are available for use, but some are closed until June 26 to protect wildlife.
Galena Trails on east side of highway/lodge side
All east side trails have been cut-out and are open, except for the following, which are closed for wildlife:
The western leg of Outhouse Loop Trail is closed.
The section of Crosscut Trail that is on the east side of the highway is closed.
Galena Trails on west side of highway
The Big Wood Loop Trail is closed. All other trails on the east side of the highway are partially-open. They have not seen maintenance yet and may be holding snow or contain downed-trees.
This week, the Ketchum Ranger District Trail Crew cut-out downed trees and performed other maintenance on:
Adams Rib Trail (from its intersection with Griffin Butte Connector and down Pork Chop section of #142)
Oregon Gulch Trail (from TH to intersection with Oregon-Fox Connector Trail)
The crew also installed a new double-vault toilet at the Adams Gulch Trailhead and repurposed the existing toilet to Wilson Creek.
Lake Creek and Fox Creek trailheads
The BLM Lake Creek and FS Fox Creek trailheads are open for use, but please be aware that water is still flowing over the trails on the opposite sides of the footbridges. Exercise caution if you choose to use the trailheads, as crossing through the flowing water can be unstable.
Greenhorn and Red Warrior
The Mahoney Lodgepole loop in Greenhorn is cut-out and open (portion of Mahoney, Mahoney-Lodgepole Connector, and Lodgepole trails are cut-out and open). Red Warrior is cut-out down to Warm Springs Creek. The Red Warrior-Warfield Connector is partially-open and cut-out to near the high point of the trail.
John Reagle, Alison Kinsler, Jeff Mintz, Bishe and other motorcyclist volunteers with the Wood River Trails Coalition have been cutting-out trails in Greenhorn and over into Red Warrior.
The WRTC, PUG, and the BCRD teamed up for a volunteer trail work session with over 40 volunteers last Saturday on the BLM Bullion Connector and Two Dog trails. The next WRTC volunteer work party is Thursday, June 15 on Sunnyside Trail in Adams Gulch. Visit the WRTC events calendar page for more info at: https://woodrivertrailscoalition.org/calendar
Check out today’s article in the Idaho Mountain Express by reporter Greg Foley, discussing the arrival of sheep bands in the valley. The article provides advice on how to handle encounters with sheep bands and guard dogs. Here’s the link: Sheep moving north in annual migration
To learn more about the recommended best practices when interacting with sheep bands and guard dogs, visit the Trail Alerts section of the BCRD Summer TraiLink site. There, you’ll find several links to videos and articles providing additional information on the subject.
SNRA trail report
Here is a link to the latest Sawtooth National Recreation Area Trail report: