To take full advantage of the Indian Summer we are currently enjoying, Krista and I decided to embark on another Idaho Adventure this weekend. Along with our friend Rachel, we gathered our hiking shoes, backpacks, dogs and a picnic and set off to hike to Pioneer Cabin.
Pioneer Cabin is an iconic image and hike of Sun Valley, Idaho. Think like the Eiffel Tower of Paris. The cabin was originally built in 1937 by the Sun Valley Company and resides at a mere 9,500 feet. The cabin is nestled into the Pioneer Mountain Range and views of the surrounding basin are breathtaking. The quizzical words written across the roof of the cabin add to the daunting views and the surrounding basins that seem to engulf you.
The reiteration of, “The higher you get, the higher you get” is written on the roof of the cabin. To the best of my knowledge and internet research browsing, I am unable to determine or even speculate where the saying originally came from. But perhaps this is the point. It adds to the self reflection that inevitably occurs when surrounded by such a vast and spectacular setting. It allows each interpreter and visitor to “take” what they deem necessary from the cabin, the views and the hike that leads so such a breathtaking elevation (literally and physically).
Here is a look at our adventure!
To be honest, this isn’t a hike for the weary. The hike leading to the cabin consists of only 3.5 miles of nicely maintained trail but you gain 2500 feet of elevation in those 3.5 miles. The hike literally goes straight up and then straight down. One of those hikes that your quads, hamstrings, calves, feet and lower back inevitably feel regardless of how great of shape you are in…but it is well worth the burn and soreness the next day!
All in all we scurried up to the cabin in about one hour and forty minutes and then skipped down in about an hour. Despite the elevation gain and the overwhelming desire to maintain a horizontal position for hours after the hike, this hike is one of those hikes that is a must do each year. The view topping over the mountain when the cabin and the Pioneer Mountain Range first become visible never gets old. The saying “the higher you get, the higher you get” is just as profoundly quizzical each time viewing the cabin, drawing us back year after year.