Backpacker Magazine Ketchum: Pioneer Cabin Loop 

Hike along gorgeous ridges and rumbling creeks to an old cabin on this 8.5-mile loop in the Pioneer Mountains.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 25 Oct 2006 2:19:28 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Idaho (ID)
Distance: 8.53 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 3391 ft
Total Loss: 3369 ft
Net Change: 22 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Idaho, Ketchum, Sun Valley, Sun Valley, ID
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: From Ketchum, drive N on Trail Creek Rd. until reaching the turnoff @ Corral Creek. Turn R. Continue 3.8 mi. to well-signed trailhead.

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Distance: 8.53 mi Points: 410
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Pioneer Cabin Loop

Points of Interest


Location: 43.739380, -114.232231
Head N through sagebrush and stands of aspen along the lower Long Gulch Trail


Location: 43.745277, -114.230743
Crest an open ridge with terrifi c 360-degree views. Trail runs ridge, paralleling Corral Creek for several miles.


Location: 43.755489, -114.220421
Pace yourself: Trail turns steep and rocky


Location: 43.757122, -114.218040
On R, large granite boulder with sweet mountain views


Location: 43.764122, -114.207581
Begin descent to Corral Creek. To the NE, check out the high alpine basins near 10,860-ft. Handwerk Peak


Location: 43.762589, -114.197685
First of two creek crossings


Location: 43.760651, -114.195999
Switchback up steep but colorful talus slope


Location: 43.753529, -114.189560
Crest ridge


Location: 43.745987, -114.189659
Pass a whitebark snag clinging to steep, E-facing hillside


Location: 43.742989, -114.190544
Refill bottles @ spring. Just uphill is Pioneer Cabin, perched on a ridge high above the North Fork of Hyndman Creek. Stellar views unfold to Handwerk and Cobb Peaks. Continue SW


Location: 43.735809, -114.201996
Stay R @ Y


Location: 43.735828, -114.215584
Hike into beautiful park of Douglas firs. From here, begin a long series of switchbacks into woods. Cross Corral Creek on footbridge just before ending loop @ trailhead


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