Big Smoky Trail
ElevationAscent: 241' 73 m
Descent: -2,922' -891 m
High: 8,298' 2,529 m
Low: 5,608' 1,709 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A big backcountry trail with amazing views and singletrack.”— Chris Wandervans
After passing through the meadow, the trail descends steeply on switchbacks and over rough terrain. There will be some occasional muddy areas, watch out for those since they tend to hide in the grass. The trail then mellows out and you'll begin a series of stream crossings. From here, the trail alternates from short ups and downs to smooth singletrack, followed by rocky sections and talus. A number of trails connect with Big Smoky, so it's easy to track your progress. After about 6 miles, the trail will cross to the west side of the river and remain on that side of the river for the remaining run.
Signage is great along the trail and you'll have no problem navigating. Towards the end of the trail, there is signage that mentions a low and high trail. Unless you are doing this trail in late fall, you'll want to take the high trail. The river can be very dangerous otherwise.
Towards the end of the trail there are hot springs for those interested in a soak, enjoy!
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Land Manager: USFS - Sawtooth National Forest Office