Sun Valley Hiking Trails, Idaho Hikes

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Hiking

Traveling to Sun Valley in the summer provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking and backpacking.

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  • There are over 124 trails in the vicinity of Sun Valley.
  • Check with the local Ranger Stations or the Sawtooth National Recreation Headquarters for information on the hiking and backpacking trails.
  • Trails range from short day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips.

Overview

Taking to the trail, allows you to enjoy the vast, remote wilderness of the area. It is one of the best ways to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Sun Valley.

Where to go hiking/backpacking

Check with the local Ranger Stations or the Sawtooth National Recreation Headquarters for information on the hiking and backpacking trails in the area. There are over 124 trails in the vicinity of Sun Valley. Below are a few examples of the trails in the area.

East Pass Creek

Fewer people travel to the east side of the Boulder Mountains. However, this trail will lead you to a large waterfall and provide you with exceptional views.

  • Length: 19 total miles
  • Elevation Gain: Minimal
  • Trail Type: Out-and-back
  • Skill Level: Moderate for the out-and-back; strenuous for the near loop into Herd Creek and back to the North Fork of the Big Lost River
  • Duration: Multiday backpack
  • Season: Best July

Pioneer Mountain Traverse

The Pioneer Mountains have spectacular, jagged peaks and sparkling whose trails are less traveled than those in the popular Sawtooth Mountains. Here backpackers can enjoy solitude.

  • Length: 26 total miles
  • Elevation Gain: 7,200 feet
  • Trail Type: Point-to-point
  • Skill Level: Moderate backpacking
  • Duration: 3 - 4 days
  • Season: Usually open late June to October; best July

Summit Creek

The trail is easy to find and in good condition. Water is easy to locate in the creek and in springs. Highlights include tons of wildflowers.

  • Length: 7 total miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1,580 feet
  • Trail Type: Out-and-back
  • Skill Level: Moderately easy
  • Duration: Day hike
  • Season: Best July through September

Guided Tours

If you are unfamiliar with the area and/or a novice hiker or backpacker, check out the outfitters and guides here that can help make your backcountry experience fun and unique.

The Idaho Conservation League has a Ketchum Chapter that provides a free hiking series every summer for locals and visitors alike. Each hike explores a different area and is led by local experts in various fields ranging from avalanche ecology to meditation. See their Hiking Schedule.

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Other Hiking Resources

McCall Hiking Club

McCall's Hiking Club website is a good resource for locals and visitors on trails in the area and their flora and fauna. The club organizes hikes and events.

State of Idaho Parks and Recreation

The State of Idaho Parks and Recreation's website has a plethora of Information on Idaho's state parks, activities, planning, lodging, and regulations.