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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.

Length 8.0 mi Elevation gain 2,572 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Running Forest Views Wild flowers Historic site
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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.

There is parking and a toilet at the trailhead.

There are four different trails that connect between the Corral Creek trailhead and the Johnstone and Hyndman trailheads 12 miles up the East Fork of the Big Wood River. This allows for several loop and up-and-over options for both hikers and mountain bikers. Logistically, the Pioneer Cabin to Long Gulch and Johnstsone Cr. to N. Fork of Hyndman (#206 to #165) loops require minimal car shuttling. Mountain bikers will find the Pioneer Cabin to Johnstone Cr. ride (#122 to #206) to be a challenging climb and a technical, sometimes harrowing downhill. It is also possible to descend the N. Fork of Hyndman Cr. (#165). The switchbacks beneath the cabin are not well maintained, but the trail below that is usually in pretty good shape. For the fit rider, linking either of these rides with the Bear to Parker Gulch trail (#121) creates a huge 30-mile loop. Hikers or mountain bikers planning any up-and-over routes will have to shuttle a car out the East Fork of the Big Wood River.

Drive NE from Ketchum on Trail Creek Rd. to Corral Creek Rd. #137 (5 mi). Turn right and stay on the main dirt road to the trailhead (3.9 mi).

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Kent Wickham
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HikingGreat!

Great hike. Great reward. Great trail. But... be aware it is fairly steep and relentless. After a short little warmup you climb for the balance of the trip out. It's beautiful, and the trail is generally even and pretty smooth, but it's a long hard workout for the average Joe (or Josephine). We made it to the cabin in a bit over two hours. The return was an hour twenty or so. There is no water for dogs after the first mile, and much of it is pretty exposed weather-wise. We did it on a cool day, so no problem. The vista from the cabin is awesome.

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Duree Westover
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Hiking

Great hike! One of hardest this season. Waaaay incline and the decline hard on the toes. Loved the views and diverse terrain. Excellent for dogs and picnic at top.

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Tatiana Greener
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Super fun hike. Lots of switchbacks. Some new trees down from a recent windstorm. One of my favorite hikes this year.

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claudia grimaldo
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Lucy Griswold
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If you plan on staying the night, make sure you bring plenty of water- there’s no place to refill. The view from the cabin is gorgeous, especially just before sunrise.

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clay jones
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with amazing views. Relatively steep with a non stop climb but worth it. Bring water as only about half is shaded.

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Aleshia Faulkner
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HikingGreat!

So beautiful.... one of my favorite trails in the area. Wildflowers and stunning views. The cabin is always fun to see too :-)

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Conan Deady
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Hiking

Great, scenic hike with a nice mix of shaded areas and open pastures. We went out and back on this trail so can't speak to the loop that incorporates Long gulch. The hike is actually a little less than 8 miles, so not that long. However, it is a nice steady uphill climb which makes for great exercise. The trails are not rocky so the footing is excellent. The cabin at the top is a great place to relax for lunch or other sustenance.

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Ryan Price
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beautiful views at the top, with many open meadows, wildflowers, and butterflies along the way

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Katie Sewell
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Lori Sunn
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We went up the Pioneer Cabin Trail (you can choose to come back down this one or via Long Gulch, they end at the same place). The first two miles are pretty well shaded, especially if you leave early- which I recommend. First two miles are just okay and they’re switchbacks in a forest. Once things open up towards the top it gets good. Great views, stunning wildflowers, and a few straight aways to take a break from the steady incline. We came back down Pioneer Cabin Trail as I’m recently recovered from a broken ankle and was a tad nervous about the footing on Long Gulch. This hike is definitely worth doing.

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Brian Bruininks
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Great loop. Some sections of scree on counter-clockwise way down after the cabin. Good shoes and trekking poles are highly recommended.

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Buster Brown
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Hiking

This is an awesome hike! Half of the hike is in the woods and the other half of exposed. Make sure you have water. Lots of switchbacks and a few steep parts but it’s WORTH it! The cabin is super cool - the view by the cabin is just incredible. There are wildflowers about 2 miles up - just stunning. No technical hiking, trail is well maintained and easy to follow.

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kaitlyn Kuss
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Senecca Kirkhart
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Absolutely worth it! Trail is in good condition and not very technical. Beautiful wildflower meadows from mile 2 to 3.5. Stunning views!

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Wild Flowers
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Awesome trail!! Steady uphill climb to the cabin. Spectacular view.

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Sheila Keller
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Hiked this yesterday! We got at the trailhead at 8 am. It was a hard hike! Lots of switchbacks that helped the 2750 elevation and 8 miles almost exactly. The views and wild flowers were spectacular! This may be the best hike thus far! One biker and maybe 10 ppl! We went on a Tuesday. Do this hike! It’s beautiful!!

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Alaina Paglia
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I hiked this last Sunday and it was a beautiful hike! Lots of people though. The area where the cabin is is so beautiful and peaceful! Loved this hike!! The last half of the hike there is little shade so be prepared!

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Celestina Settle
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Amazing hike. Beautiful views. Steep workout, not for the faint. Destination is completely worth it! Remember your big spray!

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KRIS D
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100% do this clockwise for view progression. A few miles of long gulch has dense sage that will scratch your legs if not wearing pants. No bug spray necessary today. If you magically happen to find an small amethyst stud earring on pioneer cabin trail please email me. Krisgetscrafty@gmail.com. Thank you.

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Craig McCloskey
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Great but hard hike. However, rewarded with some spectacular views from the tops of mountains. Trail was very easy to follow! Took me about 2 hours to climb to the top.

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Nani Smith
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Gorgeous overcast day for this challenging hike. A large let if the trail is switchbacks and in the shade. The final stretch to the cabin is breathtakingly beautiful.

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Ted and Kelli Thetford
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Spectacular hike, with varied terrain and incredible views throughout. Small snow patches, but nothing that hindered the hike. We loved walking almost 9.4 miles, without seeing more than five people along the way. Quiet. Pure beauty. Solid fitness level encouraged, as it's precarious in some areas, as well as the elevation can be challenging. It was suggested that we do the loop counter clockwise. We were grateful, as the first two+ miles the other way is quite busy.

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Danielle Lilleston
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Beautiful views. Went early and no one was on the trail. Had the cabin to myself for awhile. Started back down after 10 and passed about 10 groups. An amazing hike.

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Jacob Eurich
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Wonderful trail - steep street parts. No snow, limited mud. Good to go!!

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Kim Morgan
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Hiked on 6/4/2020 and had no snow except a few patches on side of trail. Great hike with steady climb the whole way. Gorgeous views. They need a new sign-in notebook in cabin so take one to leave in cabin if you can! The ones there were all filled.

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Tally Clark
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Hiked on 6.2.20 out and back. The trail was bare except for a few patches of snow.

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Ryan Price
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Great hike to pioneer cabin, slight snow patches, but nothing major

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Marci Simons
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Hiked this on 5/24. Previous review is incorrect. Snow started around mile 3 on and off mixed with mud in other sections. I recorded this trail and it was 4.5 to the cabin and 9 miles round trip. Some falling through the snow. We made it without spikes but they would’ve been nice in a few sections. Bottom 3 miles is woodsy and shaded. Spectacular views all around past mile 3 once you hit the meadow and the ridge line. Long dirt road to get to trail head is in excellent condition I made it no problem with my Elantra

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