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5.4 miles

South Leigh Canyon

Teton Valley

Fee: $0.00


Drive from Jackson by taking Hwy 22 over Teton Pass and head north to Driggs on ID Hwy 33. Continue north beyond Driggs, then as the road veers left (west), proceed straight for 50 yards. Turn right (east) on W. 5750 N. toward the Tetons and follow the road, making a brief left turn onto E. 6000 N. before arriving at the South Leigh Winter Trailhead.


South Leigh Canyon ski trail is effectively a snowmobile groomed track on the summer forest service trail access road. In winter, Caribou-Targhee USFS grooms the trail, supplemented by snowmobile track packing, along the summer road, as far as the usual summer trailhead- approx 5.4 miles out and back. At 2.7 miles (summer trailhead parking) the USFS grooming ends, however, one can continue to ski further into the Canyon on the snowmobile packed trail, located to the left of the USFS Info Kiosk.

The trail is nearly flat, very tranquil, through forests of conifers, crossing creeks. A good choice on a snowy or windy day thanks to the surrounding forest.

Grooming: This trail is groomed once a week by USFS Caribou-Targhee, often on Tuesdays but without a regular schedule. Classic or BC Nordic skis recommended.

Multi-Use Trail: South Leigh Winter Trail welcomes a diverse range of winter recreational users, including cross country skiers, fat bikers, snowmobilers, walkers, and dogs. While encountering only a few snowmobiles on recent trips, the trail primarily attracts backcountry skiers who use snowmobiles to access steeper slopes further up the canyon.

Elevation gain: 98m