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Pioneer Cabin Loop

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A loop consisting of Pioneer Cabin Trail #122 and Long Gulch Trail #123.


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Map Key

8.8

Miles

14.2

KM

Loop

9,513' 2,899 m

High

6,953' 2,119 m

Low

3,019' 920 m

Up

3,007' 917 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

39%

Max Grade (21°)

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Overview

A rugged, steep climb and descent taking you to and from the Pioneer Cabin.

Need to Know

Pack extra water, food, and layers.

Description

The Pioneer Cabin Trail #122 has numerous switchbacks with a steady, steep grade on a well-maintained trail. It climbs through more than 23 switchbacks up a forested ridge and across a flower-decorated plateau to one of the best vistas in the valley.

Pioneer Cabin, situated at the brink of a steep drop into the North Fork of Hyndman Basin, was modeled after alpine huts in Europe. It was built by the Sun Valley Company in 1938. Look for the quote "The higher you get, the higher you get" on the Pioneer Cabin's roof.

The Long Gulch Trail #123 is less well maintained and has numerous loose rocks and several segments that are very steep. There are also several creek crossings on the Long Gulch Trail, and you may encounter snow into late spring. The views of the surrounding mountains are worth the hike.

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Aaron Moos

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Pioneer Cabin awaits you (along with incredible mountain views) at the trail's end.
Mar 10, 2017 near Sun Valley, ID
The gang cools off after a long hike on the Pioneer Cabin Trail.
Mar 10, 2017 near Sun Valley, ID
Enjoy a bounty of indian paintbrush along the Pioneer Cabin Trail.
Mar 10, 2017 near Sun Valley, ID
Lupine are abundant along the Pioneer Cabin Trail.
Mar 10, 2017 near Sun Valley, ID
A narrow footbridge aids your passage over Corral Creek near the trailhead.
Mar 10, 2017 near Sun Valley, ID
Right after the trailhead, the Pioneer Cabin Trail crosses a sturdy bridge over Corral Creek.
Mar 10, 2017 near Sun Valley, ID

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May 17, 2020
Will Schott
Oct 27, 2018
Mindy Lamprecht
It was so lovely. There are hunters up here. That felt uncomfortable as we had our four kids six and up. The views were worth the hike.
Jul 9, 2015
Becca Lamplighter