Chocolate Gulch Trail is a 5.3 mile loop trail located near Ketchum, Idaho that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 869 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

bird watching

running

views

wildlife

no shade

hiking
5 days ago

Loved this trail!! Gorgeous views! Saw a robin’s nest with eggs in it! So cool to see that! One of my favorite hikes in the valley!

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful, deforested

hiking
26 days ago

Started trail from Fox Creek Trailhead. Most snow is melted, beautiful views at the top!

snowshoeing
snow
5 months ago

Good trail and luckily someone had broken trail and we could follow tracks around - beautiful snowy day

hiking
7 months ago

Very easy to moderate trail - pine trees and streams and nice vistas from top

hiking
8 months ago

Really enjoyed it! Good variety, nice views even though weather was poor. Well marked and maintained.

hiking
8 months ago

It was recommended to me to start the loop at the Fox Creek Trailhead (better parking options - it’s about a mile south of the Chocolate trailhead) and go in a counterclockwise direction. I only complete about 1/3 of the way around and returned the same way. I’m a bit out of shape due to a knee injury earlier in the summer, so this was my first hike in a couple of months. I say that because it was very manageable for me. I stopped about 3/4 of a mile before the highest elevation, so take that into consideration. The aspens were gorgeous, and although the fall colors are not yet here and the summer wildflower colors are gone, the shades of green and yellow were wonderful. Definitely a great hike and I hope to be back.

Great

hiking
9 months ago

Great loop trail - well maintained and clearly marked. Very limited parking. More at the Fox Creek trailhead and can access loop from there. My recommendation is to go counterclockwise so you have bulk of elevation gain early in hike and in the shade. While there are some up and downs later in trail, you will have sun at your back and will finish walking along the creek which is refreshing. Trail is easy for anyone in decent shape. Anyone out of shape or with bad knees will find it a bit more challenging. No need for poles. Beautiful views at several points. About 1/2 the trail features shade

hiking
10 months ago

Really enjoyed this one - we picked up the trail from Fox Creek trailhead and stayed left. Lots of shady patches as we climbed. The views from the top of Chocolate Gulch were gorgeous! The decent was gradual and beautiful- lots of shade & wildflowers. It took us 2hrs, lots of little breaks for pics & water. highly recommend!!

hiking
10 months ago

We do this loop today and it took about two hours. It’s a wonderful trail with lots of tree shade and great views. For sure a fun one to do.

hiking
10 months ago

nice easy stroll!! definitely agree with previous comment that said the only reason this trail is rated moderate is because of length. the trailhead is in a neighborhood with limited parking though so just be cautious of that!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful flowers! We loved the ponderosas, the rocks, the creek. Great mix of scenery. All rated moderate because it’s a 5 miler. Elevations are very manageable and evenly placed.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail. Wide path in parts - still a little muddy. Gorgeous views.

Sat Nov 10 2018

Beautiful and not too challenging. Last part of hike is right along the river

Tue Aug 21 2018

This is a nice easy hike. Not sure it is even moderate. A lot people and dogs on the trail. If you are looking for solitude this isn’t your hike. It is pretty!

hiking
Sun Aug 12 2018

This was a nice trail. Views alone/terrain would have been 5 stars. But there were a lot of mountain bikers. And dogs. We saw about a dozen dogs, ALL of whom were off leash. Only one owner bothered to leash, or even call her dog as we approached with our own (leashed) dog. Also, multiple people were leaving bags of dog poop on the trail.

running
Thu Jul 26 2018

This is such a lovely moderate run or hike. You can go either direction for scenery, but if you don’t like short sharp slippery climbs up, better to go counterclockwise. Lovely sections along the river, lots of sections through the shady woods and up to the rocky, red dirt outlook with great views across to Eagle creek and of the north end of the valley. Best early am (no later than 10) in summer to beat the crowds and the heat. Be sure to Park at Fox Creek trailhead, not chocolate gulch (which is a residential neighborhood and therefore only has a couple of parking spots available)

Tue Jul 10 2018

Great moderate trail with a variety of scenery including mountain vistas and hiking along the river. Do it counter clockwise from the trailhead.

Tue Jul 10 2018

Incredible views along this hike. Well worth the trip! The mosquitos were a little too friendly though.

hiking
Wed Jul 04 2018

Beautiful loop trail. The wildflowers are abundant and varied this time of year.

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2018

Excellent Trail. Beautiful views throughout. Hope I get to that part of the country again!

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2018

Amazing views. My favorite hike locally by a good deal. so many wildflowers right now too!

hiking
Sun Jun 24 2018

Good loop trail, lots of views from the top. Mosquitos can get bad along the river portion.

Sat Jun 16 2018

A great hike with lots of variety and terrific views.

Tue Jun 12 2018

We had a great hike today! A beautiful, well marked and scenic route! magnificent views!

running
Sat Sep 23 2017

Beautiful, nice trail for a casual run.

running
Sat Aug 19 2017

Great trail - missed a turnoff near the crest and ended up at a trailhead a mile north.

Sun Aug 13 2017

beautiful trail with lots of varying scenery. will be back :)

Sun Jul 23 2017

This hike should be rated as easy- not much incline. Was absolutely beautiful especially the part along the river. The trailhead is at the end of a residential neighbourhood

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