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The Best Backpacking in Ketchum

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Top backpacking spots in and near Ketchum

  • Hailey, Idaho

    Pioneer Cabin via Hyndman Trailhead

    7.55 mi / 2421 ft gain
    Pioneer Cabin via Hyndman Trailhead is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Sun Valley, Idaho.
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  • Hailey, Idaho

    Backpack to Pioneer Yurt

    3.5 mi / 1650 ft gain
    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 Creek and is only about 3.5 miles, but the daunting st...
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  • Mackay, Idaho

    Hike to Kane Lake

    4.7
    6.8 mi / 1717 ft gain
    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 roc...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Hike to Prairie and Miner Lakes

    4.0
    10 mi / 1975 ft gain
    The 7200' trailhead is suitable for any vehicle to arrival. In fact, this trail head may be the most suitable that I've seen in Idaho, with only a few miles on a gravel road.See this detailed Caltopo map for a better understanding of this route.This trail isn't an exact loop, but rather more of a...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Prairie Lake to Miner Lake Loop Trail

    16.47 mi / 4560 ft gain
    Prairie Lake to Miner Lake Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Ketchum, Idaho.
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  • Mackay, Idaho

    Backpack through Surprise Valley to Lake 10148

    4.0
    13 mi / 2900 ft gain
    I have a hard time getting the word "legendary" out of my mind when referencing this hike. I liked it that much. The trailhead begins at 7200'; be prepared to drive 20 miles on a maintained gravel road to get there. The first 3 miles of this out-and-back hike are pretty flat, meandering through a...
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  • Clayton, Idaho

    Little Boulder Creek Trail to Hummock Lake

    20.15 mi / 3770 ft gain
    Little Boulder Creek Trail to Hummock Lake is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Clayton, Idaho.
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  • Stanley, Idaho

    Born Lakes via 4th of July Lake Trailhead

    4.0
    8.17 mi / 1736 ft gain
    Due to it's higher-than-average starting point, many backpackers use this trailhead to access the remote parts of the Boulder-White Cloud wilderness. The trailhead for this hike, nestled at 8850', is readily accessible by Prius and Jeep alike as the gravel road is well maintained, notwithstanding...
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  • Stanley, Idaho

    Chain Lakes Basin

    16.16 mi / 5764 ft gain
    Chain Lakes Basin is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Clayton, Idaho.
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  • Stanley, Idaho

    Hike to 4th of July Lake

    3.6 mi / 900 ft gain
    This is an easy, yet breathtakingly beautiful hike. After the fun adventure of the 10.2 mile extra bumpy dirt road to the trail head the hike in is simple. 4 Wheel drive and a spare tire are advised, I got a flat. The drive in through old burned forest area is a cool drive on its own. At the end ...
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  • Clayton, Idaho

    Bolder Chain Lakes Trail

    17.65 mi / 3855 ft gain
    Bolder Chain Lakes Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Clayton, Idaho.
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Pettit Lake to Twin Lakes via Trail 095

    13.81 mi / 1913 ft gain
    Pettit Lake to Twin Lakes via Trail 095 is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Stanley, Idaho.
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Imogene Lake to Toxaway Lake to Alice Lake Loop

    26.72 mi / 5184 ft gain
    Imogene Lake to Toxaway Lake to Alice Lake Loop is a stunning trail that takes you  to multiple alpine lakes near Stanley, Idaho. Permits are required for camping, which can be filled out at the trailhead. Visit the Forest Service site for more details.
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Alice Lake via Petit Trail

    5.0
    11.97 mi / 1673 ft gain
    Alice Lake is a must-see, jaw-dropping alpine lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Whether it's a day hike or a multiple night backpacking trip, it surely won't disappoint. Put on the Idaho playlist, we're headed to Stanley! In Stanley, hang right at the T in the road and continue 17 miles south alo...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Alice Toxaway Loop

    5.0
    29.22 mi / 6722 ft gain
    The Alice/Toxaway Loop is a standard loop in the Sawtooth Mountains, ID.  The basic route is around 20 miles and takes 2-3 days.  This trip report will outline our Aug 2016 trip and also give multiple options for you to use your own imagination when coming up with your own route.  Below is my tak...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Alice Lake, Twin Lake, Edith Lake Loop

    21.85 mi / 3996 ft gain
    Alice Lake, Twin Lake, Edith Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you near multiple alpine lakes located near Stanley, Idaho. Check the Forest Service website for updated permit and camping information in the area. 
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