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

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 13.7

Waypoints

PCL001

Location: 43.7393798828125, -114.232231140137

Head N through sagebrush and stands of aspen along the lower Long Gulch Trail

PCL002

Location: 43.7452774047852, -114.230743408203

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

PCL003

Location: 43.7554893493652, -114.220420837402

Pace yourself: Trail turns steep and rocky

PCL004

Location: 43.7571220397949, -114.218040466309

On R, large granite boulder with sweet mountain views

PCL005

Location: 43.7641220092773, -114.207580566406

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

PCL006

Location: 43.7625885009766, -114.197685241699

First of two creek crossings

PCL007

Location: 43.7606506347656, -114.195999145508

Switchback up steep but colorful talus slope

PCL008

Location: 43.7535285949707, -114.189559936523

Crest ridge

PCL009

Location: 43.7459869384766, -114.189659118652

Pass a whitebark snag clinging to steep, E-facing hillside

PCL010

Location: 43.7429885864258, -114.190544128418

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

PCL011

Location: 43.7358093261719, -114.201995849609

Stay R @ Y

PCL012

Location: 43.7358283996582, -114.21558380127

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