Summer in Sun Valley: All the Best Outdoors

When the snow melts and the ski resort closes, all new adventures take over in Idaho's mountains.

Jesse Weber


Baker Lake

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The Big Wood River in Hailey, Idaho

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Hyndman Peak off in the distance

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Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness near Sun Valley, Idaho

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You might know of Ketchum and Sun Valley for the skiing, but when the snow melts, a whole new wave of adventure hits this Idaho mountain town. As the weather warms up, the trails dry out. The lakes thaw, the creeks flow, leaves return to the trees, and flowers start to bloom. It’s hiking season, to be sure, but there’s way more to do as well. You might try cycling around town, mountain biking in the hills, paddling an alpine lake, or scrambling to the top of a peak.

Looking at a map of roads and trails can be overwhelming though because there’s so much to explore in this area. That’s why we’ve featured this list of favorite adventures for the summer and fall––from easy to hard, and ranging from local in-town to way out in the mountains. With so many possibilities, you won’t want to limit yourself to one activity near Sun Valley. To get the most of your trip, get out there and try something new!


Baker Lake

A clear blue lake high in the mountains, perfect for cooling off in the heat of summer.

Pioneer Cabin

Head into the mountains to reach a high pass, and find a historic cabin with a dramatic backdrop.

White Clouds Loop

Stretch the legs and get a feel for Sun Valley on this convenient loop near the resort lodge.

Fox Creek Loop

A go-to loop in the hills near Ketchum, with inspiring views to the bigger mountains.

Galena Grinder

A fast and flowy trail with tough climbs that give way to beautiful views and ripping descents.