Pioneer Cabin Trail
The Pioneer Cabin Trail would make an excellent addition to your hiking itinerary. This strenuous adventure travels high into the Pioneer Mountains, culminating at a historic ski cabin that reads “the higher you get, the higher you get” overlooking Idaho’s mountain ranges.
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Route Description for Pioneer Cabin Trail
Hike up to the iconic Pioneer Cabin after the arduous climb through lush forest and montane meadows. This scenic adventure is well-loved, though you will likely enjoy tranquility, especially when trekking in the early morning or evening. While the terrain is not technical, the consistent incline is tiresome, so bring plenty of water and wear a comfy pair of footwear. Additionally, we encourage hikers to dress in layers as insurance against windy and cold conditions at the exposed summit.
Embark on your journey from the trailhead off National Forest Development Road 137. Setting out from here, you will be guided eastwardly into the wilderness, beneath the shade of pine and spruce trees. After some hiking, the path will navigate a collection of switchbacks up into the montane meadows. Beyond this point, the terrain is almost entirely exposed, unfolding breathtaking views of the impressive mountainscape. From here, the path will redirect you northeastward to the cabin.
Explore the famed cabin that boasts spellbinding views of the Pioneer Mountains. Snap a few photos of the charming hut and dramatic landscape, then head back down the mountainside to the trailhead, marking the end of your adventure.
Getting to the Pioneer Cabin Trail Trailhead
Access this adventure from the Pioneer Cabin Trailhead off the National Forest Development Road 137.
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