Sun Valley and Ketchum

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10 mi 16 km


47 mi 75 km




Easy Trails
3 Trails
Intermediate Trails
4 Trails
Hard Trails
3 Trails

Visiting Tips

Springtime in the Rockies can be fickle. Sometimes it comes on with a rush, with warm temperatures and trails opening early. Other years we get a late spring with cold wet weather where the mud season seems to drag on and on. Regardless, spring brings temporary trail closures. The trails are opened as they dry out.

In general, the trails in the south valley dry out and open the earliest, with some mid-valley trail opportunities usually opening soon there after. Sections of our highest trails, and those with more northern aspects, may remain closed until June, but again, its different from year to year.

The Blaine County Recreation District Summer Traillink website is a useful site for local trail information, trail updates, and news about what trails are open and which might be closed. The site's address is:

Things can be really hot and dry in the summer, but there's a huge variety of microclimates found in the Wood River Valley. When things are hot on the valley floor our area's high alpine trails offer an escape from the heat. Many trails lead to cold mountain lakes and along creeks where shade and the presence of water make everything feel just that much cooler.

This far north, the sun rises early and you can hike until 9pm for most of the summer, so take advantage of the long summer days. As the season progresses the temperatures mellow and things get very comfortable. As fall approaches the sun gets lower in the southern sky, and with that the light in the valley seems to take on a special quality. The scenery on October afternoon hikes seems to shimmer with a golden light.

In the summer, afternoon thunderstorms are common, especially in the big mountains to the north.

Camping & Lodging

During peak season, we found it challenging to find an apartment/condo to rent for a big crew. It's a popular spot, and there don't seem to be a ton of options, so plan ahead! There is, however, lots of camping to the north of Ketchum along the river. A good place to start is the Forest Service: Sawtooth National Forest

Food & Drink

Ketchum has tons of good options for food and drink. Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are a few that stood out for the Adventure Projects crew:
Enoteca serves up high end pizza and other Italian dishes, along with a killer wine and beer list. The prices are very reasonable for what you get, which is why you need to plan ahead in order to get a table!

La Parilla (280 E 6th St, Ketchum, ID 83340) This place serves simple but authentic Mexican food in a train car, just off Main Street. Great post-workout recovery food!

Velocio is an excellent coffee shop serving carefully crafted espresso drinks, teas, sandwiches and gelato.Java On Fourth is another great coffee shop. It has a very different feel from Velocio - less modern, more down home. They have good coffee, espresso and great breakfast offerings, including tasty looking pastries and muffins propped right in front of you as you wait in a steady line that's often out the door in the morning.

Perry's Restaurant in Ketchum is a great place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is nice and low key, but the food is of a very high quality. Free wifi.

Big Wood Bread Cafe is a killer lunch spot serving awesome hot and cold sandwiches and salads on their own bread. Don't miss this place for lunch in between outings.

A locals' favorite spot is Lefty's Bar and Grill. We didn't eat there, but we hear the burgers and sandwiches are good. But their real draw is lots of good beer on tap, and an awesome hangout spot outside. You're guaranteed to hear MTB chatter on the deck at night, and you might get some ideas for a long trip!

Another good pub is Cellar Pub. They've got a good Irish Pub feel - and how can you not like a bar that has a shuffleboard table!

Powerhouse in Hailey features a bike shop, bike fitting studio, great beer and food.

The longest running coffee shop in Ketchum is The Coffee Grinder. Owner Nikki Potts serves up great coffee and food and an atmosphere where it's easy to make new friends and chat about what's happening in the valley.

Galena Lodge is 23 miles north of Ketchum on Highway 75. The trip is well worth the effort as the lodge features awesomely delicious food, a full bar, and a network of trails that is growing by the day.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Bald Mountain Pizza & Pasta A family friendly restaurant featuring hand-tossed pizza, pasta bowls and salads. Very casual and fun fare for kids. A full take-out menu for parties and picnics is available.
Sun Valley Club & Golf Course Home of the Trail Creek & White Clouds Courses, great spot for lunch or a cocktail on the patio. Enjoy the views!
Velocio Chai Latte
601 Sun Valley Rd, Ketchum ID — (208) 928-7825
Cristina's Restaurant & Bakery Sunday Brunch is lovely! Make a reservation or arrive early before the churches let out and it fills up.
520 2nd St. E, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-4499
Bigwood Bread Cafe when they first opened the kitchen was too small - slow service. now they've expanded the kitchen and seating and it's much faster!
380 N East Ave, Ketchum ID — (208) 928-7868
Ketchum Grill i love this place
520 East Ave N, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-4660
Town Square Tavern Tunis Chicken and Crispy Onions
360 N East Ave, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-6969
Wiseguy Pizza Pie Add a side of ranch!
460 Sun Valley Rd, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-0737
Kneadery Best breakfast in Ketchum. Mike will always be missed.
Rico's Authentic Italian They even ran to the store for something I wanted!
200 Main St N, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-7426
Grumpy's Here's a tip...the burgers are the bomb-diggity!
Enoteca get a table in the window, order a glass of Prosecco and enjoy!
300 N Main St, Ketchum ID — (208) 928-6280
KB's Great food and great service! I highly recommend!
260 N Main Street, Ketchum ID — (208) 928-6955
Wrapcity Cafe my favorite is the Just Veggies wrap...mmmmm
180 Main St S, Ketchum ID — (208) 727-6766
Sushi on Second Cosy and Zach the best non-authentic sushi rollers in the world
260 2nd St, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-5181
Lefty's Bar & Grill The fries are awesome
231 6th St E, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-2744
Despo's The Chimichanga is amazing, and also the Taco's.
211 4th St E, Ketchum ID — (208) 726-3068
Rickshaw No reservations so it a gamble. They fo have soy free and gluten free menus
Johnny G's Sub Shack Best subs in town
Perry's Restaurant Waffle fries r delightful.

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