Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
2,992.00 ft (911.96 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
9.00 mi (14.48 km)
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The Pioneer Cabin Loop is a 9 mile single track loop trail within the Pioneer Mountains located outside of Sun Valley, Idaho. This scenic loop combines the Pioneer Cabin Trail #122 and the Long Gulch Trail #123.  The most popular route ascends the Pioneer Cabin Trail #122 and descends the Long Gulch Trail #123, however, the loop can be completed in either direction.

The Pioneer Cabin Trail #122 is a well-maintained, steep, single-track trail with numerous switchbacks that pass through forested ridgelines, aspen groves, and colorful plateaus with expansive views and seasonal wildflowers. After 3.75 look for the bright red roof with a large sign painted on top to remind you that “The higher you get, the higher you get”! That is when you’ve reached the Pioneer Cabin, a nice spot to take a break and take in the views of the Pioneer Mountains.

The descent along the Long Gulch Trail #123 is scenic and steep. This rugged trail has several creek crossings with varying water levels depending on the year and the season. The Long Gulch Trail is one of the lesser used trails in the area and offers great opportunities to see wildlife. Enjoy this beautiful wildflower infused single-track as you complete the loop and make your way back to the parking lot and the start of your hike.

LOGISTICS

  • There is an outhouse at the trailhead and plenty of parking.

  • There is no potable water, but there are several creek crossings so make sure to bring a filter. 

  • The drive to the trailhead is along Coral Creek Road, a dirt road that does not require a high clearance vehicle. 

  • Backcountry camping is available along this loop, check with the Sawtooth National Forest for more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sawtooth/null/recarea/?recid=5809&actid=29

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall
Summer

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Solitude. Mountain Views. Wildflowers.

Trailhead Elevation

7,028.00 ft (2,142.13 m)

Highest point

9,542.00 ft (2,908.40 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Waterfalls
Shelters
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

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