• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    8.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2500 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

Hike to iconic Pioneer Cabin while enjoying heady views of the Pioneer Mountains.

The hike to Pioneer Cabin is a Sun Valley classic, combining incredible mountain views with fields of wildflowers and a steady climb.

Begin the hike at the Pioneer Cabin Trailhead. Climb 2500 feet over 3.6 miles on the Pioneer Cabin Trail. The terrain switches from forested to high alpine meadow and finally up a switchbacked scree field before cresting above the cabin. Wildflowers are best in late July and early August.

The views of the Pioneer Mountains from the cabin are spectacular. Large letters on the cabin roof claim that "The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get." 

The cabin was built by the Sun Valley Company in 1938 for alpine ski tourers. Brave souls can sleep in the cabin overnight (first come first served).

Return on the Long Gulch Trail, north of Pioneer Cabin, to complete the loop back to the trailhead.

After all that effort you'll need poutine and a cocktail. Stop by the rooftop bar at the Warfield Distillery for both.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Day pack
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Food
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
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Wonderful trail in July. Make sure to hike the loop as described. Returning along the Long Gulch Trail (less traveled) was one of our favorite parts of this hike!

6 months ago
6 months ago

Sara Sheehy Explorer

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