Hiking and Mountain Biking

#3 in Best Things To Do in Sun Valley
Hiking and Mountain Biking
Hiking and Mountain Biking
1 of 5
Cavan Images/Getty Images

Key Info

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Though the Sawtooth National Recreation Area is the most well-known wilderness area near Ketchum, there are multiple trails of varying difficulty in the immediate vicinity of town. If you're looking for a great workout, try the 5.3-mile Bald Mountain Trail, which winds up Bald Mountain with multiple switchbacks and rewards you handsomely at the top with panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside. This trail is accessible in the summer from the bottom of the mountain, and bikers can take lifts up via the Sun Valley ski resort to enjoy downhill rides on car-free paths.   

If you're looking for something at an intermediate level, try the Adams Gulch Loop. This trail is most popular among mountain bikers; however, it can also be used by hikers, dog walkers and horseback riders. This iconic Sun Valley trail winds through Ketchum's countryside for approximately 7 miles, and it is relatively flat. Throughout your walk or ride, you'll notice outstanding views of the Griffin Butte, the Pioneer Mountains and the town of Ketchum itself as you adventure through aspen trees and rolling hills. Recent travelers said this trail was fun and breathtaking, but they noted that the path can get crowded (especially if you're on a bike) during the summer months.

Meanwhile, the 5.8-mile Fox Creek Trail is a favorite stroll for both locals and tourists in the area. The multiuse trail is perfect for mountain biking and hiking, and it is easy to access from Ketchum. The walk or ride offers stunning views of the surrounding wilderness and mountains as you travel right next to fields of wildflowers and the Big Wood River. Reviewers said the trail offers a nice and easy climb with a delightful downhill stretch at the end. Plus, the trail facilities can now accommodate horseback riders. If you're looking for an even shorter outdoor adventure in the surrounding area, check out the Chocolate Gulch Trail for a scenic ride or hike.

Both the Adams Gulch Loop and the Fox Creek Trail are free to access, and they are easy to reach from town. Both trailheads are located off of Highway 75 less than 10 miles north of Ketchum, and there are information kiosks, toilets and parking areas at both trailheads. Both paths are open year- round, weather permitting.

See all Hotels in Sun Valley »

More Best Things To Do in Sun Valley

Sun Valley Ski Resort
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 6
#1 Sun Valley Ski Resort

If you're visiting Ketchum in the winter, it's hard to resist the powder and astounding vistas offered by Sun Valley ski resort, where about 220 inches of snowfall accumulate every year. Experienced skiers and snowboarders will love the nearly 100 trails at Bald Mountain. From groomed runs to glades to bowls to terrain parks, this massive winter wonderland will keep you entertained for days. And if you're just starting out, you'll find easy trails and group lessons at nearby Dollar Mountain.

Read more
Karl Weatherly/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Sun Valley »

Explore More of Sun Valley

Recommended

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019

15 Epic Outdoor Adventures to Enjoy Across America

Plan an unforgettable trip in your own backyard or on the opposite coast.

Will WalkeyMarch 12, 2019

The 30 Most Famous Landmarks in the World

Explore the globe in search of these intriguing historic sights.

Gwen PratesiMarch 11, 2019

The 50 Best Hotels in the USA 2019

U.S. News ranked 3,877 top properties for 2019. Check out the 50 best.

Zach WatsonFebruary 5, 2019

30 Hot New Hotels to Check Out in 2019

See which new properties offer surprising and fun features.

Lyn MettlerFebruary 5, 2019

10 Top All-Inclusive Resorts in the USA

Go all-in for these luxe resorts flush with amenities.

Will WalkeyFebruary 5, 2019

The Caribbean Comeback: 12 New and Renovated Caribbean Hotels to Visit

These island properties are sure to impress travelers.

Erin ShieldsFebruary 5, 2019

17 Amazing Kid-Friendly Hotels

Discover which properties offer ample amenities for children.

Christine SmithFebruary 5, 2019

AAA Announces 2019 Diamond Award Winners

Of the more than 27,000 properties evaluated, 1,843 hotels earned Four and Five Diamond awards.

Zach WatsonJanuary 31, 2019

30 Cheap Beach Vacations for Travelers on a Budget

See which waterfront escapes won't burn a hole in your wallet.

Kyle McCarthyJanuary 24, 2019