Taylor Canyon Loop

Sun Valley

A great workout with mountain vistas and summer wildflowers.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
6.5 km
Ascent
381 m
Descent
381 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
11˚
Taylor Canyon Loop Map

Just up the road from Ketchum is this somewhat hidden gem of a trail, on the edge of the national forest. The length and distance make it perfect for an aerobic morning or evening jaunt. With quick elevation gain, it’s quite the workout and the views are tremendous. The loop includes a steep canyon with sparse forest, then a rolling ridge walk in sage grassland, overlooking the valley and mountains beyond. It’s especially scenic in June, when wildflowers paint the slopes, or in October when the leaves change.

Description

This hike is best for cooler days because it's quite exposed. If it's warm, you’ll want to go counterclockwise, beginning with the ascent of the main canyon. It can still be sunny, but gives more shade than the rest of the trail. A gradual incline makes the first mile, then a steep set of switchbacks gain the ridge. Luckily, the switchbacks are shaded in a side canyon by a patch of pines.

Once on the ridge, you’ll find the panorama you anticipated, and it just gets better as the trail meanders downhill. Ketchum and the Big Wood River lie in the valley below, with Bald Mountain’s ski runs as a backdrop, plus countless other mountains forming the horizon. Enjoy the views and take it slow, because the final descent to the trailhead is rather steep and rocky.

The trail is reached by a dirt road just beyond the Lake Creek subdivision. The road is fine for most cars, but the parking area is small and rough in places. If you can’t find a suitable spot there, you may find a pullout elsewhere along the road and walk to the trailhead.

Sources: https://www.visitsunvalley.com/summer/hiking-in-sun-valley-idaho-a-summer-guide/ https://summertrailink.bcrd.org/taylorcanyontrail324.php

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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