Hike the Pioneer Cabin Loop

8.5 miles 2500 ft gain  - Loop Trail

Added by Sara Sheehy

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.

Read More

Tags

Photography
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

ūü•áTop Contributor

about 3 years ago

Views!!

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!

Stay Nearby

Ketchum, Idaho

North Fork (Id)

Overview North Fork Campground is situated on the banks of the beautiful Big Wood River at an elevation of 6,300 feet. Visitors enjoy fishing and tubing on the river and exploring the Harriman Trai...

Ketchum, Idaho

Wood River Group Overnight Area (Tent Only)

Overview Wood River Group Overnight Area is located inside the Wood River Campground, which has 30 single campsites for RV's and tent camping, which are available for use on a first-come first-serv...

Ketchum, Idaho

Easley Campground

Overview Easley Campground is located along the beautiful Big Wood River at an elevation of 6800 feet, conveniently close to Ketchum, Idaho only 14 miles south. Visitors enjoy fishing, hiking and s...

Mackay, Idaho

Copper Basin Guard Station

Overview Copper Basin Guard Station is located in Copper Basin, a rugged and beautiful area in the Pioneer Mountains of south-central Idaho. Recreation Copper Basin offers many recreational opport...

Nearby Adventures

  • Backpack to Pioneer Yurt

    This trek starts about 25 minutes from Ketchum, Idaho at the Hyndman Creek Trailhead. As a general rule of thumb, Sun Valley is a great place to be in the fall, and this adventure is no different. The hike itself follows the beautiful Hyndman Cree...

    3.5 miles 1650 ft gain

  • Hike to Hyndman Peak

    At 12,009 feet, Hyndman Peak is the ninth highest peak in Idaho and the tallest peak in the Pioneer Mountains. The hike to Hyndman Peak will take you up 5,000 feet in elevation over six miles. Once you've made it to the top, you can take in one of...

    12 miles 5000 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike at Corral Creek

    Park at the Trail Creek trailhead 2.5 miles north of Sun Valley. Pedal north and cross a wooden bridge over Trail Creek. Climb onto the bench and bike straight across toward the burned trees. Turn left onto signed Corral Creek Trail #325.Nearly al...

    7 miles 600 ft gain

  • Hike to Devil's Bedstead West

    Ski enthusiasts recognize Sun Valley for its notorious town and prestigious slopes. What tourists might not realize is that during the offseason, the area surrounding Ketchum is also home to a plethora of remarkable mountains waiting to be hiked a...

    13 miles 4200 ft gain

  • Visit Idaho

    Idaho is a picturesque state filled with beautiful scenery and warm, wonderful people. It's an ideal destination for family travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, adventure seekers, or those just looking for a relaxing getaway.

    Learn More