Fall

5 of the Best Fall Hikes in Sun Valley

Posted on September 28th, by sunseeker in Fall, Hiking, Uncategorized. Comments Off on 5 of the Best Fall Hikes in Sun Valley

Words & Photos: Ray J. Gadd

Fall has officially arrived. The sun soaked aspen and cottonwood leaves have slowly begun to make their way from branch ends to trail floors leaving behind nature’s very own yellow brick road. This vibrantly radiating carpet and canopy delivers a truly enchanting hiking experience. We’ve compiled a list of our top-five best fall hikes in Sun Valley to help you maximize your dose of vitamin yellow.

Proctor Mountain (5 miles – moderate)

Serving up some the earliest pops of color in the Valley, the Proctor Mountain area tops our list of early fall hikes. This zone starts by venturing through thick swaths of aspen groves before climbing to higher elevations. Thoughts of burning thighs quickly vanish as expansive perspectives of the colorful valley below take hold. The reward makes the trek well worth the effort.

Tip: the leaves will be changing early up here so … Read More »

What Not to Miss at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Posted on September 27th, by sunseeker in Arts & Culture, Fall, Uncategorized. Comments Off on What Not to Miss at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival

What Not to Miss at the Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Words & Photos: Sara Sheehy

Aside from the brilliant transitioning leaves, The Trailing of the Sheep Festival is the highlight of Sun Valley’s fall season. Celebrating sheep and sheep herding traditions, Trailing of the Sheep offers a unique glimpse in to a part of Idaho’s past. Five days of dancing, music, wool classes, lamb dinners, sheep dog trials, and the famous Big Sheep Parade will tantalize the spectrum of senses.

History

The Wood River Valley has a long history of sheep ranching. The first sheep were brought to the valley in the 1860’s and have remained a vital part of Sun Valley’s character. In the early years of the 20th century, Ketchum was one of the largest sheep shipping centers in the world, second only to Sydney, Australia. The latter part of the 20th … Read More »

9 Epic Trail Runs in Sun Valley, Idaho

Posted on September 12th, by sunseeker in Fall, Hiking, Summer, Uncategorized. Comments Off on 9 Epic Trail Runs in Sun Valley, Idaho

The hundreds of miles of trails in and around Sun Valley are a well known to hikers and mountain bikers. Sun Valley has an embarrassing wealth of buttery singletrack, incredible views, and uncrowded trailheads. If you’re inclined to hit the trail in running shoes instead of hiking boots, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re after a scenic cruise or a high elevation training run to punish your lungs and legs, look no further than these nine epic trail runs in Sun Valley.

Trail Runs Under 4.5 Miles

White Clouds Loop

Best For: Runners Staying at the Sun Valley Lodge
Distance: 4 Mile Loop
Location: Sun Valley

The White Clouds Loop offers trail runners gentle climbs, a great view of Baldy, and a fast ending on a paved bike path. Begin at the trailhead across the street from Sun Valley Lodge. Climb the switchbacks on the Valley … Read More »