Carbonate Mountain is a staple hike here in the Wood River Valley. Locals hike it on a daily basis for fitness training or to just enjoy a nice hike on a beautiful summer day. Those who reach the top get to enjoy an epic birds-eye-view of Hailey, a clear view of Bald Mountain to the north, and all the way south to Timmerman Pass.  

Starting at 5,315ft elevation and ascending to 6,585ft, this short hike is a great way to see and experience Hailey, Idaho. 

From Hailey main street head west on Bullion St, the trailhead parking is to the right just after you cross the Big Wood River.

You have two choices when hiking Carbonate, you can go to the right at the fork and ascend "Straight up" which is the more physically challenging trail, or you can go left to take the switchbacks all the way up. Taking the switchbacks adds 2.2 miles to your ascent and a total of 4.7 roundtrip. The switchback trail does meet the straight up trail 3 times before reaching the top, so those who take the harder route have several chances to bailout and take the switchbacks if they'd like. 

Overall this is a relatively fun and easy hike with a rewarding view at the top. The average hiker could be at the top in 45 minutes to 1 hour. My fastest time is 30 minutes. Have Fun!

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots or Running Shoes
  • Water
  • Camera
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RT Distance 1.88 Miles
Elevation Gain 1306 Feet
Activities Photography, Mountain Biking, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

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A Hailey Staple

Great views on this in-town hike.


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