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Address: Bald Mountain, Sun Valley, ID

Low elevation hiking trail that culminates in a scenic overlook on Bald...

Low elevation hiking trail that culminates in a scenic overlook on Bald Mountain.

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Need to be in shape to get to the top!

This is a great in town hike. If you haven't acclimated or are in so so shape, you should be able to make it to the first lookout. Best to get to the Roundhouse for lunch. Then... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2015
Hailey, Idaho
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Seattle, Washington
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49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Trail begins just to the right of the gondola, with a well marked entrance. It is 5 miles to the summit, where Lookout Restaurant, vending machines only in the summer, offers spectacular vistas. Good preparation will ensure the most pleasant hike. Ideally start the hike when the temperature is at or below 60F. About 2/3 of the hike is exposed,... More 

2 Thank PracticalVacationer
Boise, Idaho
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48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

I rode the gondola and lifts to the top of Bald Mountain and hiked down (July 2016). There were plenty of wildflowers and views of nearby mountain ranges. It is work, even going downhill and some detours due to the use of heavy equipment, made for a couple of steep sections. Expect to hear some faint construction and traffic noise... More 

Thank Stephen H
Hailey, Idaho
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35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

This is a great in town hike. If you haven't acclimated or are in so so shape, you should be able to make it to the first lookout. Best to get to the Roundhouse for lunch. Then take the gondola down or continue to the top. Dogs are allowed but can't go on the gondola. It doesn't cost to take... More 

1 Thank Idahobeachgal
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239 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015

a must while visiting Sun Valley, beautiful, challenging, views are incredible. hike to the round house and take the free gondola ride down during summer months.

Thank austin_TexasLkd
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2015

Starting out at almost 6,000 feet, the hike up Bald Mountain Trail is breathtaking, not only from the 3,000 + feet climb in elevation but also because of the views of the sweet little town of Ketchum and up and down the Wood River Valley. From the top of the mountain you can look west over miles and miles of... More 

2 Thank KetchumPegasus
Downers Grove, Illinois
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2014

Head to Seattle Ridge great ski area for everyone strong beginner to expert, beautiful views, excellent food.

Thank Gypsygirl831
Redondo Beach, California
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82 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2014

excellent views and one heck of a photo oppurtunity.Of course this is a summer time trail for hiking or biking and gives you serenity as you look around and see the valley nestled into the sawtooth mountains

1 Thank idlehands26
Newport Beach, California
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179 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Last year we hiked to the top of Bald Mountain, and this year we decided to hike down. From the top, it is about a 2 ½ hour hike down the 5 mile trail. It was hard on our knees and ankles, but we were more focused on the beauty of the hike rather than our hurting bodies! I would... More 

1 Thank Kim B
Maple Valley, Washington
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66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2014

The fortunate thing is they make snow when it is a lean year. We were lucky and they had a foot of powder then sun the rest of the week!

Thank vacakelly
Sun Valley, Idaho
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56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2012

If you don't have much time, want trees and shade, or just need to warm up and get used to the altitude, this is an ideal trail. Located by the River Run Lodge, it is easily accessible by any car or the local bus.

Thank Peggy G

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