Hike to Kane Lake

Idaho Kane Lake Trailhead

Added by Radley Peterson

Hike through meadow, dense forest, rock fields, and end at a pristine high mountain lake at 9,000 ft. surrounded by 11,000 foot peaks. Located in the Pioneer Mountain Range, it's only 20 minutes from Sun Valley, ID.

This hike into the Pioneer Mountain Range starts out in a small meadow near Kane Creek, which you will follow for nearly the whole hike. Once you hit the forested area the uphill climb begins and doesn't stop until you get to the lake. About half way up the trail will begin taking you through rock fields that can be slightly difficult to traverse. Though once you are through those the lake is just ahead and the views are well worth it.

To get there from Sun Valley, follow Trail Creek Rd. east for 19.3 miles until you reach a Forest Service sign telling you to turn right towards Kane Lake, follow this road for about 5 miles and you will reach the trailhead. It is highly recommended that you have an off road capable vehicle for this final section of driving.

Pack List


  • Plenty of water, or a filter
  • Snacks
  • Hiking Shoes


  • Water and a filter
  • Food
  • Cooking supplies
  • Tent, hammock, etc.
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Swimwear
  • Camera
  • Headlamp
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Clothes, be ready to warm days and cold nights
  • Fishing Rod
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Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:



Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



6.8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1717 Feet



Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Swimming Hole

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9 months ago

Great Hike

Great day hike! Amazing views.

9 months ago

12 months ago

Rainy Mystic Weekend

When I went there was no shortage of rain in late fall. But don't be afraid to pack a rain coat and your rain fly and head on up. This lake is gorgeous and surrounded by stunning peaks. We weren't able to catch it during waterfall season but if you go in May or June, expect waterfalls galore cascading from the mountainside. The hike is not long but definitely has some major altitude gain. It is beautiful though and gives a very intimate view of Idaho wilderness. Hike on!

12 months ago

Added by Radley Peterson

Native Son of The Mountain West

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