DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,412 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

hiking
4 months ago

The hike to the top of Baldy is a staple of our annual visits to Sun Valley. The map shows the trail all the way to the top, but this trail offers a lot of options for different skill levels. Some go as far as the overlook and back, others can take the Roundhouse Cutoff, or you can take it all the way up. You can hike out and back, or hike to the top and take the chair lift and gondola back to the base - free of charge in the summer if you're going down only. Downhill bike traffic is not allowed on this trail, but nearby trails offer a lot of options for bikers as well. The trail wraps around a large part of the mountain, offering a variety of views and terrain. It's a steady incline almost all the way to the top, without any grueling steep stretches, but also without much relief from the uphill climb. Our six-year-old made it up himself, and I carried our two-year-old in the backpack, making for about a four-hour trip to the top; more experienced hikers and/or those without kids could do it much faster. Water and restrooms are available at the Lookout Restaurant near the summit (closed but unlocked during the summer), or at the Roundhouse (open for lunch from late June through the end of the season), so there are good opportunities to rest and refresh before heading back down. The views throughout the trail, and especially from the top, are unbeatable.