Baker Lake Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ketchum, Idaho that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.6 miElevation gain872 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Barbi Jolley
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Quite a few trees down, but a beautiful fall hike that's close to Ketchum!

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Brock Sheets
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Max Longhurst
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This hike was probably much more picturesque prior to the large fire. It now has a very eerie feel. However, the lake a nice destination. Pretty cool & windy this time of year.

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Sarah McComb
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This was an awesome hike. Completed it 10/15/2020. Grade wise, definitely easy. But for someone with sea level lungs, it was a bit of a challenge, huffing and puffing my way to the top. Totally worth it. Blue bird sky with a few streaky clouds, perfect fall weather (in the 30s but stripped off my jacket real quick on the trail up). Wind picked up at the top. I did the loop around the lake, scrambling at times over the rock fall on the north side of the lake. Make sure to watch your footing. A fair number of trees were down over the trail, but easy enough to get over.

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Michael Ortego
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Worth the drive out. Did it with our 6 year old and saw several other families with younger hikers. Made the day of it with lunch and fishing poles.

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Lynn Graff
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Trail was great, and wished I had brought my fishing pole.

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claudia grimaldo
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Juergen Sattler
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Corrina Beard
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Beauty switchbacks the whole way!

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Anya Ward
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Great easy incline with a beautiful lake at the end. Very relaxing hike

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John McCloskey
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Awesome family hike. Conditions were great and the views all the way, capped by the lake at the top are fantastic.

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Laurel Lees
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Beautiful trail through burned forest — lots of mountain flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, hummingbirds, birds and chipmunks. Saw a deer on the dirt road back to the 75. Loved the long drive up the dirt road to the trailhead where you cross a pretty stream to start the hike. Very well maintained trail up to a beautiful lake with loads of trout and a grill for meals. Bring your rod and a tube to wade out to the middle for fishing — only 2 trophy trout at 20in are allowed for keeping but it’s best to release em. The hike up was quite a bit harder for me than the “easy” rating due to altitude. We were slow but happy the whole way there. We saw a couple kids that had done it so we recommend it for families, just take your time. We saw the half moon peaking through fluffy white clouds over a front-lit, burned north face. Hope to backcountry ski that sometime! DOG APPROVED

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Tatiana Greener
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One of my favorite trails. Did it years ago before the fire. Very surreal in the burnt trees

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munzer Q.
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40 minutes north of Ketchum. Hike is easy about 3.5 miles. Elevation is 800 feet to the lake. Lots of flowers to see along the way and beautiful lush prairie. The lake is spectacular and worth hanging there for sometime. Enjoy.

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Liza Qaddourah
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Beautiful hike...slow and steady accent, nice water opportunities for the dogs. Today the lupine was in full bloom and smelled amazing. GOOD TO KNOW; there is a grill at the lake !

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Irushka G
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Nice easy trail. Did it with two kids under 8 no problem. A bit too short for my taste but beautiful. We met quite a lot of people but it was the holiday weekend so as expected.

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Jeff Evans
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Very popular day hike. Lots of families on a holiday

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Alaina Paglia
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I went on this trail about two weeks ago and it had just snowed. It was like a hidden winter wonderland! It was so beautiful! Sad to see all the burnt trees but they too had a beauty about them. I really enjoyed this hike! Def not too hard. We passed several families with children on the trail.

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Robin Karau Droppa
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Great trail. Incredible wildflowers and views. You can fish at the lake up top. We saw some big trout. The drive in is a dirt road with some rocks but not terrible at all. The trail was probably the busiest I experienced during my week in the area around Sun Valley. But, it’s worth hiking it. Excellent for dogs off leash too.

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Philip Moffatt
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Nice gradual walk. The bottom half is a bit exposed so it was a little hot but the lake view was worth the hike. Lots of trout milling out after lunch when we were sitting around. Very pretty water scene.

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Julie Dodson
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Fairly easy, but still gets your heart rate up. The lake is beautiful!

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Ralph Eschenbach
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Had a great hike. Despite up to six inches of snow in places, the trail was easy to follow and the gradient was flat enough that it wasn’t slippery. We bundled up for the cold, and even sneakers were ok, but boots might have been better. Despite almost 1000’ of vertical, the gradient made it easy even for us 74 year old hikers...

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Kathy P
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Hike was okay, but because of the burn, was a little sad. Lake must be well stocked, as we could see several trout from the shore.

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Karl Eggleston
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Easy to do hike not hard but is pretty in its own way. The area was burned from a forest fire so it’s important to keep hiking it for the next generation to enjoy the area.

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David Walker
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Great hike. Clear water

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Jeremy Engbaum
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Awesome family hike.

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Julian Radford
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**40 min drive on dirt road to get to trail head from 75. Great hike, incredible scenery. The lake is amazing and a refreshing swim.

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Stephanie Ricks
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Loved the diversity of green live trees, burnt trees and wildflowers. The lake was gorgeous. Had a picnic and watched the fish pop out of the water .

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Maya Samara
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This trail is good for anyone. The incline is not steep and consistent until the lake. The setting is quite different than other hikes. It's like walking through a graveyard of trees. The path is very good and the parking area has a bathroom. It took us about 1 hour to reach Baker Lake, heading out just before 10am. We didn't see a soul until our way back down but crossed paths with a couple deer. The lake is so calm you can see the fish pop up and eat insects. One thing to note is that the drive is a good 40 minutes on a dirt road once you turn off 75. We had zero cell signal.

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