Guidebook

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

Description

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
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Baker Lake

Sun Valley
5.3 km
273 m
273 m
A clear blue lake high in the mountains, perfect for cooling off in the heat of summer.
Moderate
Private
Proctor and Ruud Mountain Loop
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Proctor and Ruud Mountain Loop

Sun Valley
2 - 3 hrs
6.8 km
517 m
517 m
Hilltop views in a steep hike close to town, and one of the world's oldest chairlifts.
Difficult
Private
Pioneer Cabin
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pioneer Cabin

Sun Valley
11.8 km
802 m
802 m
Head into the mountains to reach a high pass, and find a historic cabin with a dramatic backdrop.
Difficult
Private
White Clouds Loop

White Clouds Loop

Sun Valley
6.5 km
129 m
129 m
Stretch the legs and get a feel for Sun Valley on this convenient loop near the resort lodge.
Easy
Private
Fox Creek Loop

Fox Creek Loop

Sun Valley
9.3 km
269 m
269 m
A go-to loop in the hills near Ketchum, with inspiring views to the bigger mountains.
Moderate
Private
Wood River Trail: Hailey to Ketchum
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Wood River Trail: Hailey to Ketchum

Sun Valley
21.2 km
177 m
26 m
A paved path through the valley that's not only scenic, but also useful for getting around by bicycle.
Easy
Private
Ketchum/Elkhorn Bike Path Loop

Ketchum/Elkhorn Bike Path Loop

Sun Valley
13.0 km
147 m
146 m
Scenic, family-friendly loop on paved paths through the Sun Valley area.
Easy
Private
Trail Creek Road to Summit

Trail Creek Road to Summit

Sun Valley
27.5 km
599 m
599 m
All the way up and back down the jaw-dropping Trail Creek Road, from Sun Valley into the mountains.
Difficult
Private
Adam's Gulch Loop: Medium

Adam's Gulch Loop: Medium

Sun Valley
12.0 km
453 m
453 m
The medium-length—and most popular—variant of the Adam's Gulch Loop.
Difficult
Private
Galena Grinder
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Galena Grinder

Sun Valley
33.5 km
946 m
946 m
A fast and flowy trail with tough climbs that give way to beautiful views and ripping descents.
Difficult
Private
Redfish Lake Paddling
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Redfish Lake Paddling

Sun Valley
11.2 km
Reach the best views by paddling round the corner on the Sawtooths' largest lake.
Easy
Private
Hyndman Peak: East Ridge
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hyndman Peak: East Ridge

Sun Valley
19.3 km
1,478 m
The tallest peak in the Pioneer Mountains, and one of only nine in Idaho exceeding 12,000 feet.
Easy
Private
Alpine Peak from Sawtooth Lake
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Alpine Peak from Sawtooth Lake

Sun Valley
18.2 km
1,006 m
Bag a Sawtooth summit after hiking to this popular lake.
Easy
Private