Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Photo Guide to Sun Valley Runs: Pioneer Cabin/Long Gulch Loop

This edition of Sun Valley Runs features a classic middle-distance run to the storied Pioneer Cabin, which rests at 9,500 feet at the base of the Pioneer Mountains. While the most popular route up and down to the cabin is the out/back on the Pioneer Cabin Trail, it can be overrun with foot traffic in summer and a little short for anyone looking to get in a bit of distance.  We've found that heading up the standard trail first thing in the morning and returning via the less traveled Long Gulch Trail makes for a really nice 9 mile loop with some extra climbing (about 3,500 feet vert for the loop) and a lot more solitude.  It's a classic run not to be missed. Directions to trailhead at

Looking for more distance and vert?  Add the Hyndman Creek/Johnstone Creek loop to the cabin for a challenging figure eight of about 18/19 miles with 7,000 feet total climbing.

Want a quick tour?  Check out the video slideshow below or the static slideshow, here.

Sun Valley Runs: Pioneer Cabin Loop from Run Junkie on Vimeo.

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Trevor said...

Thanks for sharing. Glad you are getting back on the single track. The knee must be getting better!

Trevor said...

Thanks for sharing. Glad to see you are getting onto some single track. The knee must be getting better!

Hank Dart said...

Thanks, Trevor. It's certainly allowing me to get out and enjoy some summer singletrack, maybe not as much as I'd like, but it's great to get out nevertheless.