Hike to Norton Lakes

Idaho Norton Lake Trailhead

Added by Amanda Solomon

The path to Upper and Lower Norton Lakes is a well-maintained, short-but-steep trail minutes outside of Ketchum that leads to two well-stocked, emerald-green lakes high in the Boulder Mountains. 

Starting at the Norton Lakes trailhead, travel up into the mountains through pine forest, with several small stream crossings (if you're going early in the summer, be prepared to wade). Although this trail packs on the elevation quickly, you're rewarded after just 2.1 miles with a view of beautiful Lower Norton Lake.

While the lower lake is a satisfying destination in itself, be sure to go the extra quarter-mile to find the more isolated second lake. Both bodies of water are a gorgeous emerald green, distinctive from the many other lakes in the region. They're full of trout, making Norton Lakes a favorite destination for backcountry fishermen.  

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  • Fishing Supplies
  • Hiking Poles
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Fishing, Hiking

Skill Level:



Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1400 Feet



Dog Friendly
Family Friendly

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4 months ago

Great Hike, Beautiful Water

This is an excellent hike close to Sun Valley. The emerald water is gorgeous, and a nice reprieve on a hot day.

4 months ago

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