Explore the most popular birding trails near Ketchum with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 days ago

A really nice easy hike through swathes of wildflowers. The lake was relatively quiet as we hiked early but there were several families and groups hiking in ad we made the return...guessing it would have been quite noisy later! Definitely worth the effort to drive up to Baker Lake though just for the wildflowers.

Well maintained and the view is incredible!!!

hiking
28 days ago

we hike this trail every year when on vacation at alturus lake. lots of switchbacks and a beautiful rest about 2.5 miles in. a nice little sandy area on the creek. have seen lots of wildlife and some amazing views!

hiking
9 months ago

Short and sweet hike up to a small lake. All the flowers were dead, but the views of the snow covered mountains made up for it. Some small patches of ice and snow but nothing crazy. The burnt trees are pretty cool. Easy hike overall.

Moderately strenuous trail with great views the whole way. The hike to the overlook is predominantly shady, and the rest of the hike is a nice balance of sun and shade. We hiked this Sept. 30th, and the trail was clear, although we saw snow patches higher up. We turned this into a loop by hiking up Bald Mountain Trail, then coming down Saddle Up Flow Trail and taking the Roundhouse Connector Trail back to the main trail. This trail also works for running; although parts are rocky, we found it relatively smooth and root-free.

This trail is steep & extremely difficult to find because of all the fallen logs across the trails. It's easy to get lost! It is in need of some serious trail work!

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike for all ages. Lots to look at, from flowers to creeks, to the final destination of the beautiful lake. Lots of people on the trail.

backpacking
11 months ago

This area is very beautiful! Be aware that the trail is very poorly maintained and disappears for long sections at a time. Be prepared to do a lot of bushwhacking and climbing over downed logs and avalanche debris.

hiking
11 months ago

Quiet and serene trail. However, not well maintained with a number of fallen trees and the trail kind of disappears as you approach the river crossing which seems to have moved from the one in the map. We crossed via the large, white fallen tree. At the end you are by a waterfall and a view of a sawtooth formation in the distance. We tried going further up toward the lake, but it became a bit of a scramble.

My track below is the Bald Mountain Trail. It is a tough up but worth the effort. Free ride down the mountain. Great lunch at Roundhouse Resturant.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! Visiting from Colorado and was looking for a mellow hike with family and our dogs. The dogs got to cool off at the lake before turning around and heading back down. The wildflowers are amazing and the contrast between the burnt trees from the recent wildfires and the bright colors of the wildflowers are beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

My map below is to Brodie Gulch Saddle. On the trail to Baker Lake at 1.4 miles (and .3 to lake) turn right on Apollo trail. there is a trail sign here. Then go .8 to the saddle. Beautiful. Then turn around and back to the trail sign. Turn right to lake and left to car. My map shows I did not go to lake as it had started to rain. This hike as of now has the best WILDFLOWERS.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

This was difficult. We ride the gondola up, not really planning a hike. We got to the top to take a look at the beautiful view and decided to walk down. Quite steep at times. Lots of rocks. Good hike tho. Very pretty.

fishing
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Pretty lake and the hike is really easy. There was a fire a few years back and it hit this area pretty hard. It was still pretty though because all the burn allowed for new undergrowth and there was a lot of flowers. The lake is awesome as far as scenery. We fly fished and hooked a few but never landed them.

on Trail Creek Trail

Monday, August 01, 2016

beautiful train but the trail is poorly Mart. game trails in more reliable.

backpacking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Great hike. Some sections of trail was closed hit beautiful long hike. Plenty of shade and well marked.

hiking
Friday, July 15, 2016

Not sure what trail Sam is talking about. The Cold Springs trail I hike starts at the bottom of the Cold Springs lift. However, just to get to this trailhead u have to hike up a fairly steep road that may actually be the hardest part of the hike. The trail winds around the south side of Seattle Ridge and finally ends at the top of the Broadway ski run. However, u are not yet to the top. Plan this hike carefully as it is not a family friendly hike. It will wear u out. However once u get to the top u get a free ride down on the lift/gondola.

hiking
Friday, July 15, 2016

I really enjoyed the hike. I also hiked to the saddle from the Trail Creek side. I started to go further but as was previously mentioned the trail sucks and is very dangerous especially when u add the wind. I turned around an made it an in and back. I also tried to hike the trail from the Lake Creek side. It is mostly an old mining road. When the road ran out I lost the trail so I turned around and went back. The hike from the Trail Creek side is much more scenic.

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

Awesome hike! Cant wait to do it again!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hiked this with my two daughters and a friend of there's today 8-27-15. The weather was perfect and the hike itself was pretty easy but it seemed to be longer than 2.2 miles. A lot of burnt trees along the way but the lake was beautiful and we even jumped in before heading back down.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

You need a four wheel drive to get to the trailhead.

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Decent hike with lots of trees. Lots of switchbacks.

on Trail Creek Trail

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Flat. Nice stroll

on Trail Creek Trail

hiking
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I did this last summer and it is a great hike. One of my all time favorites. It actually can be done as a loop but regardless of which side of Trail Creek you start on the trail is difficult to find in places so be prepared to just find your own way. The trail(s) dead end at the headwaters of Trail Creek so just keep going up the canyon and you can't get lost.. There is a saddle separating the two headwaters. It is an easy day hike or would be a great place to camp and do some additional exploring.

hiking
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I too liked this hike. I just hiked to the saddle that looks down on Trail Creek road. The High Ridge trail actually continues past the saddle but the trail is in very poor shape and dangerous so I turned around. The trail can be accessed from the end of Lake Creek Road just north of Ketchum but I lost the trail so I turned around and made it an in and out.

hiking
Saturday, July 11, 2015

It was cool. I would prefer going in the morning when it's not so hot. Saw a mountain goat! Also monster fish at the lake. You should go.

hiking
Sunday, July 06, 2014

Great up and back hike. Should take average hiker about 3.5 hours to complete. The trail is listed as 6.2 miles in most hiking guides but is actually 7.4 miles from trailhead to the saddle and back. Used two GPS devices to verify.

Be ready to cross the river at the beginning of hike by taking off shoes or hiking in waterproof boots. Water is refreshing but very cold!

You definitely need a camera for this one. The views are worth the trip!

hiking
Friday, August 02, 2013

Nice views along the way. After about 2 1/2 miles the trail enters a sandy area near Alpine Creek. You can take the trail for several more miles up into the Alpine Creek Lakes area. The trail becomes difficult to follow in some areas after the sandy area. Eventually the trail appeared to come to a Y - one crossed the creek to the left but we took it to the right and never crossed the creek at any point. After several switchbacks, we made it to lake# 8523 on the map where another group had set up camp. Beautiful area with jagged peaks along the trail.

hiking
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Great hike with kids. Great views of entire valley including Ketchum and the Sun Valley resort.

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