Pioneer Cabin Trail

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Pioneer Cabin Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hailey, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,572 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

historic site

Pioneer Cabin Trail #122: A popular day hike to a cool cabin and spectacular views of the Pioneer Mountains. The trail to the Pioneer Cabin is one of the area’s most popular hikes. It climbs through more than 23 switchbacks up a forested ridge and across a flower-decorated plateau to some of the best vistas in the valley. The cabin, situated at the brink of a steep drop into the North Fork of Hyndman basin, was modeled after alpine huts in Europe. It was built by the Sun Valley Company in 1938 to make skiing in the Pioneer Mountains more accessible for the Alpine Touring branch of the Ski School. Several of the dramatic peaks viewed from the cabin were named by the members of the Alpine Touring program for colleagues who were killed while serving in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II.

hiking
29 days ago

Tough hike but worth the views. The trail is inclined the entire way with one area that plateaus for a bit of relief. I would plan for 3.5 hours if you're hiking nonstop with a small break to explore the cabin. Bring lots of water and prepare for sun exposure once you break out of the woods.

hiking
1 month ago

A very bitchen hike to an historic backcountry cabin. The backcountry skiing in winter would be phenomenal. Only downside is the number of people doing the hike, and we did it on a Monday! I recommend doing the loop because the crowds thin out past the cabin. In fact, we saw no people on the return loop section. Most folks go back the same way.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Plan for 4 hours. Dress in layers, it got a little chilly up top this morning.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a challenging hike and recommend lots of water and if going after July to wear light clothing. For a while you are walking through a forest climbing the altitude and lots of trees around. Once over 9000 ft, the landscape becomes very flat and you have a good birds eye view and the location of cabin and its surrounding is dreamy. Recommended time to start is 9am.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike near Sun Valley, Idaho. The right amount of challenge and views.

hiking
1 month ago

A gem in Ketchum’s backyard. Unexpectedly beautiful! Be sure to hike to the top of the rocky peak immediately adjacent to the cabin for world class views.

hiking
2 months ago

True to it’s rating, this is a tough one. My wife and I are running a race in the Tetons and needed practice with the elevation gain. We ran parts on the way up took us about an hour and 15, and made it down in about 55 minutes. It’s a beautiful hike and the views are worth it! Bring water or a filter system. A number of stream crossings along the way. Took our dog too :) highly recommend getting there around 8 or starting around 3 in the summer. Between there might be a little too hot depending on your comfort level.

hiking
2 months ago

majestic hard stuff in the middle the false summit meadow chossy rocks to scramble bring a pen write your name in the cabin

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike. Real grind but worth it once you make it to the top. Don’t feed the chipmunks.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike! Pretty hard at sections with an incline throughout the entire hike up but definitely worth the views. Definitely do it if you are in the area!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing! middle section with its 7 switchbacks is brutal. slight snow near the top, but was totally passable wearing just my sneakers.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Beautiful hike and an intense workout. We hiked up the mountain 6/22 and most of the snow has melted. We encountered 4 small patches of snow near the top. Overall, easy to locate the trail and truly a phenomenal hike. I would recommend trekking poles for this hike. You’ll need to drive down a 3 - 4 mile dirt path that leads you to the trailhead. Our sedan was able to cruise down the path with no issues.

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snow
3 months ago

The trail was dry most of the way up. A couple muddy spots. 1 mile from the cabin you will encounter snow. The trail is hard to follow so bring GPS or try to follow the footsteps or ski tracks. The cabin views were great as always.

10 months ago

Great hike done in later October, lots of clouds most the way but still amazing. Was nice to have the whole trail to ourselves. Definitely will do it again when it's clear to get all the views we knew were there but just couldn't see.

hiking
11 months ago

AllTrails only had Pioneer Cabin via Hyndman and Long Gulch trail to Pioneer Cabin to make it a loop. This, however, is the most popular option, and vs. the loop, trust me this is difficult enough, though you'd be hard-pressed to tell considering the general fitness level of many of the locals. Regardless, this hike is amazing. The area where the cabin itself is is simply gorgeous, but there are great views once you pass the tree line as well. It's great from the beginning even, featuring a nice creek, and much larger pine trees than I've seen anywhere else nearby. As a final note, since few people mention this and is always a concern for me since I drive a low-clearance vehicle - the dirt road is in good shape.

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