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New hiking, biking trail will connect two of Idaho’s favorite summer recreation spots

A non-motorized trail will connect Redfish Lake to Stanley — connecting two places Idahoans love to visit in the summer.

The 4.4-mile trail will feature a “compacted natural surface and gentle grade,” according to a Sawtooth National Forest press release. Prep work will begin this year with construction set for summer 2018. It will be open to pedestrians, cyclists and equestrian users.

“This long-envisioned trail will provide a new and safe front-country recreation opportunity in the spectacular Sawtooth Valley,” Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor Kit Mullen said in a press release. “... Redfish Lake is a popular day-use destination for travelers staying in Stanley, and having a non-vehicular access route to the complex will add options for travelers between the two destinations.”

The funding was secured July 31 in an interagency agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and the Federal Highway Administration-Western Federal Lands Highway Program. An easement was acquired for the northern third of the trail. The rest of the trail will be on Forest Service land.

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson said in a statement that building the trail was part of the negotiations to create the three Boulder-White Clouds wilderness areas.

“I am pleased that individuals and families with children of all ages will be able to safely hike and bike from Redfish Lake to Stanley, where they will be able to enjoy the stores, restaurants and bakery,” Simpson said in a statement. “This is a great development for recreation on our federal lands, tourism and the local economy.”