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Sun Valley and Ketchum

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100 mi 161 km of trail 3 Runs

Easy Trails 8 Trails Intermediate Trails 16 Trails Hard Trails 3 Trails

Visiting Tips

Springtime in the Rockies can be fickle. Sometimes it comes on with a rush, with warm temperatures and trails opening early. Other years we get a late spring with cold wet weather where the mud season seems to drag on and on. Regardless, spring brings temporary trail closures. The trails are opened as they dry out.

In general, the trails in the south valley dry out and open the earliest, with some mid-valley trail opportunities usually opening soon there after. Sections of our highest trails, and those with more northern aspects, may remain closed until June, but again, its different from year to year.

The Blaine County Recreation District Summer Traillink website is a useful site for local trail information, trail updates, and news about what trails are open and which might be closed. The site's address is:
trails.bcrd.org/

Things can be really hot and dry in the summer, but there's a huge variety of microclimates found in the Wood River Valley. When things are hot on the valley floor our area's high alpine trails offer an escape from the heat. Many trails lead to cold mountain lakes and along creeks where shade and the presence of water make everything feel just that much cooler.

This far north, the sun rises early and you can run until 9pm for most of the summer, so take advantage of the long summer days. As the season progresses the temperatures mellow and things get very comfortable. As fall approaches the sun gets lower in the southern sky, and with that the light in the valley seems to take on a special quality. The scenery on October afternoon runs seems to shimmer with a golden light.

In the summer, afternoon thunderstorms are common, especially in the big mountains to the north.

Camping & Lodging

During peak season, we found it challenging to find an apartment/condo to rent for a big crew. It's a popular spot, and there don't seem to be a ton of options, so plan ahead! There is, however, lots of camping to the north of Ketchum along the river. A good place to start is the Forest Service: Sawtooth National Forest

Food & Drink

Ketchum has tons of good options for food and drink. Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are a few that stood out for the Adventure Projects crew:
Enoteca serves up high end pizza and other Italian dishes, along with a killer wine and beer list. The prices are very reasonable for what you get, which is why you need to plan ahead in order to get a table!

La Parilla (280 E 6th St, Ketchum, ID 83340) This place serves simple but authentic Mexican food in a train car, just off Main Street. Great post-workout recovery food!

Velocio is an excellent coffee shop serving carefully crafted espresso drinks, teas, sandwiches and gelato.Java On Fourth is another great coffee shop. It has a very different feel from Velocio - less modern, more down home. They have good coffee, espresso and great breakfast offerings, including tasty looking pastries and muffins propped right in front of you as you wait in a steady line that's often out the door in the morning.

Perry's Restaurant in Ketchum is a great place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is nice and low key, but the food is of a very high quality. Free wifi.

Big Wood Bread Cafe is a killer lunch spot serving awesome hot and cold sandwiches and salads on their own bread. Don't miss this place for lunch in between outings.

A locals' favorite spot is Lefty's Bar and Grill. We didn't eat there, but we hear the burgers and sandwiches are good. But their real draw is lots of good beer on tap, and an awesome hangout spot outside. You're guaranteed to hear MTB chatter on the deck at night, and you might get some ideas for a long trip!

Another good pub is Cellar Pub. They've got a good Irish Pub feel - and how can you not like a bar that has a shuffleboard table!

Powerhouse in Hailey features a bike shop, bike fitting studio, great beer and food.

The longest running coffee shop in Ketchum is The Coffee Grinder. Owner Nikki Potts serves up great coffee and food and an atmosphere where it's easy to make new friends and chat about what's happening in the valley.

Galena Lodge is 23 miles north of Ketchum on Highway 75. The trip is well worth the effort as the lodge features awesomely delicious food, a full bar, and a network of trails that is growing by the day.

Areas Within Sun Valley and Ketchum

Runs in Sun Valley and Ketchum - 3

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Favorite Enjoy a bounty of indian paintbrush along the Pioneer Cabin Trail.
Difficult

Pioneer Cabin Loop

8.8 mi 14.2 km • Loop • 3,019 ft Ascent 920.05 m Ascent

(4) Sun Valley, ID
Favorite The Bald Mountain Trail is popular with trail runners
Difficult

Bald Mountain Trail

5.3 mi 8.5 km • Point to Point • 3,229 ft Ascent 984.2 m Ascent

(9) Ketchum, ID
Favorite One of a handful of offering piles
Intermediate

Proctor Mountain Loop

4.4 mi 7.0 km • Point to Point • 1,610 ft Ascent 490.81 m Ascent

(6) Sun Valley, ID

Trails in Sun Valley and Ketchum - 24

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4.3 mi 6.9 km #1Adams Gulch
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
4.3 mi 6.9 km Sun Valley, ID
8.7 mi 13.9 km #2Warm Springs Trail
Intermediate
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate
8.7 mi 13.9 km Ketchum, ID
7.6 mi 12.3 km #3Eve's Gulch
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
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7.6 mi 12.3 km Sun Valley, ID
3.7 mi 5.9 km #4Pioneer Cabin Trail #122
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
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3.7 mi 5.9 km Sun Valley, ID
5.8 mi 9.3 km #5Fox Creek Loop
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
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5.8 mi 9.3 km Sun Valley, ID
21.0 mi 33.8 km #6Wood River Paved Path
Easy
Sun Valley, ID
Easy
21.0 mi 33.8 km Sun Valley, ID
7.8 mi 12.5 km #7Elkhorn Road Paved Path
Intermediate
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate
7.8 mi 12.5 km Ketchum, ID
0.9 mi 1.4 km #8Heidelberg Hill Trail (Wanderers Way)
Intermediate
Ketchum, ID
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0.9 mi 1.4 km Ketchum, ID
2.6 mi 4.2 km #9Harper's Trail
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
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2.6 mi 4.2 km Sun Valley, ID
7.5 mi 12.1 km #10Adams Rib Trail #142
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
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7.5 mi 12.1 km Sun Valley, ID
1.2 mi 2.0 km #11Citizens Trail
Easy
Sun Valley, ID
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1.2 mi 2.0 km Sun Valley, ID
5.1 mi 8.2 km #12Long Gulch Trail #123
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
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5.1 mi 8.2 km Sun Valley, ID
2.0 mi 3.2 km #13Griffin Butte Connector
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
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2.0 mi 3.2 km Sun Valley, ID
2.2 mi 3.5 km #14Lane's / Sunnyside Trail
Easy
Sun Valley, ID
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2.2 mi 3.5 km Sun Valley, ID
6.2 mi 9.9 km #15Cold Springs Trail
Intermediate
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate
6.2 mi 9.9 km Ketchum, ID
1.1 mi 1.7 km #16Sunrise Loop Trail
Easy
Sun Valley, ID
Easy
1.1 mi 1.7 km Sun Valley, ID
0.8 mi 1.4 km #17Valley View Trail
Easy
Sun Valley, ID
Easy
0.8 mi 1.4 km Sun Valley, ID
3.0 mi 4.9 km #18Trail Creek Bike Path (Sun Valley Road)
Easy
Ketchum, ID
Easy
3.0 mi 4.9 km Ketchum, ID
1.7 mi 2.7 km #19Shadyside Trail
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.7 km Sun Valley, ID
1.9 mi 3.1 km #20Selgren's Trail
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
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1.9 mi 3.1 km Sun Valley, ID
1.6 mi 2.5 km #21Adams-Lake Creek Connector
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
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1.6 mi 2.5 km Sun Valley, ID
0.7 mi 1.1 km #22French Connection
Intermediate
Ketchum, ID
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.1 km Ketchum, ID
1.0 mi 1.6 km #23Elk Trail
Easy
Sun Valley, ID
Easy
1.0 mi 1.6 km Sun Valley, ID
1.5 mi 2.4 km #24Aspen Loop
Intermediate
Sun Valley, ID
Intermediate
1.5 mi 2.4 km Sun Valley, ID

Photos of Sun Valley and Ketchum - 48

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One of the few good viewpoints on the way up to the summit of Eve's Gulch trail.
Aug 15, 2017 near Sun Valley, ID
Looking north from this mostly wooded trail.
Aug 22, 2019 near Sun Valley, ID
Watch for the rock slide! Down below the Wood River.
Aug 15, 2017 near Sun Valley, ID
Headed into the burn zone on Warm Spring Trails.
Aug 11, 2017 near Ketchum, ID
An eerie burn zone on the Warm Springs Trail.
Aug 11, 2017 near Ketchum, ID
About half way up Warm Springs Trail.
Aug 11, 2017 near Ketchum, ID
The Bald Mountain Trail is popular with trail runners
Nov 17, 2014 near Ketchum, ID
'Hills are alive' country
Nov 17, 2014 near Ketchum, ID

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