Explore the most popular views 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.

relaxing, with beautiful wildflowers. Crystal clear water.

Hike had it all (other than a waterfall). Ended up on a different trail that brought us to the smallest, most beautiful lake first. Hubby and I were the only ones there. From there we went to the other 2 lakes. Feel like it was more than 4.6 mi & hubby didn’t believe me that it was “only a moderate.” Beautiful flowers, trees, views and lakes. Not crowded at all.

hiking
6 days ago

I struggled on the uphill portion of this hike. Before I left I didn't consider the change in altitude with the elevation gain. It was a challenging uphill hike for me and I huffed and puffed my way all the way to the lake. Despite my huffing and puffing, this was a fantastic hike. Scenery was so beautiful and varied. Lots of wild flowers, butterflies, and the view of the lake was worth the climb. I would definitely make the trek again!

hiking
7 days ago

This is one of our very favorite hikes in the area. If hiking on a hot summer day, definitely take a dip in the lake! So refreshing, but you won’t stay in long! We have hiked this many times, with kids and adults not used to hiking. It will challenge the latter but not bore the experienced hiker, who can always choose to go further :)

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome trail. Got there at 3pm, passed everyone coming down and there was absolutely no one up top. Water was perfect for a swim. Have good shoes, water and sun block, you’re in direct sun for about half the hike. Check it out in the winter, it’s beautiful

This is a lovely hike! We did it in late-July and there were still loads of wildflowers blooming. There are many birds by the river, offering great birding opportunities. The trail is easy, with just some rolling steeps at the beginning; well maintained! I'd suggest leaving to hike early in the morning during the summer months as it can get hot in the alpine sun.
The drive in is long and bumpy requiring a medium, to high-clearance vehicle due to large rocks embedded in the road. There are numerous beautiful camping spots on the way in, no need to pay at the early campgrounds.
From the main trail you can access numerous big mountain ascents, so plan to backpack in and day pack up!

10/10 would do again!

hiking
24 days ago

This was a LOVELY hike. While it says “moderate” for difficulty, there were some steep areas that were a bit challenging, especially for people coming from sea level, which was us. We are fairly fit, and there were definitely some areas of the trail that we were breathing hard. Wear solid shoes and bring water, especially in the summer. We arrived at about 9:00 on 7/27/18 and there were a few cars in the parking lot. The initial part is steep! Then it evens out, gets steep again and follows this pattern for about 2 miles. You will walk through meadows with awesome views of the craggy peaks to right and left. There were wild flowers, but not a profuse amount. The lake is beautiful and dipping your feet (or body!) is a must! Unless it’s cold and then don’t, lol! You can walk around the lake, although we didn’t. We did take a short trail up to the smaller lake, and it was lovely as well. You definitely will not regret doing this hike! We passed many people coming down and the parking lot was FULL. So....go early. This is a nice short hike and would give you time to do another in the afternoon.

moderate hike, short but with elevation change. great camping

on Murdock Creek

nature trips
28 days ago

Gorgeous scenery, beautiful leisurely walk, wheelchair accessible for part of the trail. Had my 10 year old daughter with me so we had to turn back at the severe incline, but I intend to go back to see if the second half of the trail matches the first half in beauty. Definitely would recommend.

When you get to the trailhead facing the posted map and registry, take the trail on the right if you want to run into a rock slide and not find your way through like we did.

So we went back.

Back at the trailhead (facing the map) if you take the trail to the left, you’ll find a lovely hike through forest, and meadows. THIS was the hike I read about in Sun Valley Mag and the one I actually set out to do. At around mile 1.6 you reach a gravel beach along the river and it’s a great turn-around spot if you don’t want to continue on to the lakes.

This trail as mapped here is to Roundhouse NOT the summit. The summit is an additional 2 miles (and about another 1800' elevation gain!) one way from the Roundhouse Connector, which is itself .7 miles. The signs at the bottom are misleading because it says 3.7 mi. to Roundhouse and 5 to the summit but the connector makes it so that it's a considerable detour to do so.

Pro Tip: the gondola at roundhouse is free on the way down.

If you want to continue to the summit, you can append that 4 mile round trip and take the connector to roundhouse for the free ride down making for a 7.7 mi total trail. Roundhouse is worth a stop too for some food and beer and to really absorb those views!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is moderate though there are a lot of down trees

hiking
1 month ago

This is not an easy trail. To get to the lake there is a hard climb almost straight up.

hiking
1 month ago

A constant uphill climb that ends at a small lake, which my husband and I thought resembled more of a pond. Upon suggestion of the only other two hikers we encountered on the trail, we ventured up further to Twin Lakes, which again were small lakes more like ponds. We commented as we hiked up Cabin Creek Trail the it seemed like an obstacle course and not well maintained. Lots of fallen trees that we either had to hike around or jump across. On the plus side, the wild flowers in the meadows were beautiful and the trail did follow a small stream that had little waterfalls. I would not do this hike again nor recommend it as there are many other hikes in the area that would be much more worth the time & views. Granted we may have been spoiled as the day prior we hiked Iron Creek Trail to Sawtooth Lake which was absolutely breathtaking!

Nice hike along the river of you follow it towards the next most south trail head. Not as much shade as I was hoping for. Pretty vistas of the mountains across the way when you double back

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Very busy trail. Hiked up to lower lake in the afternoon. Steady climb all the wa with nice views of surrounding peaks. Had expected to see more wildflowers as we had at Baker Lake that morning. Reached lake at 4pm and there was no one else there. Nice views across the lake and plenty of trout in the lake.

hiking
1 month 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
2 months 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!

2 months ago

Hike was pretty easy. Not too far but it was mostly uphill all the way to the lake. There is a upper and a lower lake on this trail for anyone who didn’t know, so don’t forget to make it up to the upper. There was a lot of people on the trail, that’s my only complaint, but I’d recommend

hiking
6 months ago

I did not complete this trail due to my partner and I setting a tight timeframe. We traversed about an hour into the hike before turning back. The toughest part of what we did complete of this trail seemed to be the first mile having little real shade, some rocky footing, and some scramble over. The trail did demand elevation gain but it evened out after a more strenuous but not difficult first half mile. The trail follows a nice creek but shade is sporadic midday. The wildflowers are prolific! We started out in early afternoon in July and came back to the trailhead as a mild thunderstorm was brewing east of us. I would/will try this one again! Also, Lake Alturas nearby is a great place to cool off!!

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked it today. Quite chilly, but the steep grade kept me from getting too cold on the way up. I had my puffy on for the way down. A few patches of snow and ice but nothing too bad. You can take the trail all the way to Upper Norton Lake right now. I got snowed on during the hike back downhill. I guess I missed the waterfall. Really enjoyed this hike!

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.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked October 16, 2016. Trail was clear until about halfway up when the snow was beginning to settle. We were able to use footprints from previous hikers to make our way to the lower lake. We were unable to hike further because there was too much snow and we weren't able to find trail markers.

hiking
11 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.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

This was a good, challenging hike with a great reward of a waterfall/ lake at the end! You won't have cell service before the first turn off, so be sure to study how to get there before you lose data. I would do this again!

Friday, August 04, 2017

Almost all uphill to get to the lake. It's a good trek but worth it to see the beautiful lake and waterfall on the way up. We really enjoyed this hike.

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