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Ketchum to Smiley Creek
Sun Valley Region
Status: Closed
Regions: North of Ketchum, Ketchum / Sun Valley
Difficulty: Advanced
Uses: Mt Biking, Motorcycle, Road Biking
Length: 37.3 miles
Start: 5,862'
End: 7,194'
Min: 5,841'
Max: 8,720'


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The ride from Ketchum to Smiley Creek on Highway 75 is one of the most popular road bike routes in the area.  Riders will enjoy incredible views of the Boulder, Smoky, Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains, go by historic Galena Lodge, and ascend Galena pass!  The entire route is over 3000 feet of elevation gain but can also be divided into many more manageable smaller sections.

The route starts in downtown Ketchum and heads due north past Griffin Butte.  Riders will pass the Sawtooth National Recreation Headquarters marking their official entry into this beatiful forest service area roughly 15 miles north of Ketchum.  Phantom Hill looms ahead as riders pass the many incredible drainages along the way:  Baker Creek, Prairie Creek, Titus Creek etc.  Riders can also stop off at Galena lodge for a rest or wonderful lunch before they start the climb up and over Galena Pass.  Get your "granny gear" ready as riders make their way up the pass and then enjoy a stunning view of the Sawtooths just on the north side of the pass.  After a quick descent into the Sawtooth Valley, the welcoming Smiley Creek lodge looms ahead right off the road.  For those that want to keep going, Alturas Lake is not far down Highway 75. 

The BCRD Sawtooth Century utilizes all of this route with some key additions (like a second pass climb) usually in August of every summer season.
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