Howard's Trail

Total Miles
3.6

Elevation

2,349.10 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Fall, Summer, Spring

Trail Overview

Howard's Trail is a top-tier single track in the Greenhorn Trail System near Ketchum Idaho that has incredible mountain views. Most of the route is a really narrow trail that side-hills across an exposed grassy hillside with moderate exposure. In the middle of the summer, these hillsides are full of beautiful wildflowers. There aren't many rocks throughout this trail, so it's less difficult, but since it's extremely narrow with exposure that adds a challenge. It has a couple of tight switchbacks as it drops into a gulch with a stream. There are three creek crossings that are easy, but one has the trail half washed out so you have to exit the stream on the narrow high side of the trail. It's a very beautiful gulch as it comes to an intersection with North Fork Deer Creek. This is a really epic trail with endless views.

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Howard's Trail
Howard's Trail
Howard's Trail

Difficulty

Intermediate single track with 5 level difficulty due to major exposure on a very narrow trail.

Technical Rating

5

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Access Description

The Greenhorn trails are an extensive trail system south of Ketchum Idaho that get a high amount of use from various recreational users including mountain bikers and horses and hiking in addition to dirt biking. There's a decent sized parking lot at the staging area for Greenhorn Trails, that can accommodate trailers, but doesn't allow camping, and gets full even on weekdays. The trails can also be accessed off of Warm Springs Road to the north and Deer Creek Road to the south, which both have places to camp. It's an extensive system with trails of varying difficulty from easy to advanced. This area can get really hot in the summer and doesn't have much shade. This area is very well signed and maintained, but most of the area doesn't have cell service, so download your maps ahead of time.

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