Sun Valley, ID

Best Road/Multi-Use Path Running Options

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As an alternative to Sun Valley’s multitude of trails, here are our recommendations for the best running among the area’s 30 miles of paved, multi-use paths and quieter roads. Much help here from the fab BCRD site.

Wood River Trails. The signature multi-use path in Sun Valley. It is ~20 miles, much of it paralleling State Highway 75. There are numerous tributary trails off the main trail. See our separate post.

Sun Valley Trail. 4.4 mile multi-use path running adjacent to Elkhorn Rd., starting near the base of Dollar Mountain. We’ve mapped the entire trail. See also our loop incorporating the Wood River Trail heading back north. ROUTE MAP

Warm Springs Rd. Starting at Rotary Park in Ketchum and heading west, a good sidewalk/multi-use path runs alongside Warm Springs Rd. for 2 miles to Gates Rd. For a longer run, you can connect to the Wood River Trail at Rotary Park, heading north or south.

Broadford Rd. This road connects Hailey and Bellevue (south of Ketchum), and is a great option in the area for those who want a long, relatively flat road run. The terrain is open and there are good views. The north end starts at the Post Office in Hailey, and runs for 4.3 miles to Bellevue. Can continue for another 1.5 miles south on Lower Broadford Rd. Note: no shoulder, but a fairly quiet road. Run opposite traffic. ROUTE MAP.

Lake Creek Rd. 4 miles north of Ketchum, Rt. 142 is a fairly quiet road off Highway 75. It’s a steady climb of 1,000 feet over 3.8 miles.