Nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains near the town of Ketchum, Idaho, Lower Norton Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the area. Hiking in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area means that you will tackle some decent elevation gain and this hike is no different. At 5 miles round trip and 1,400' in elevation gain it is a good challenge before hitting the brewery in town.
Hike to Lower Norton Lake in Idaho
This hike kept popping up on hikes that must be done in the area. Heading north out of town, you will find a small parking lot at these coordinates: 43.731018, -114.633081. It is only 18 miles but on curvy gravel roads. It took us about 50 minutes.
The hike is beautiful from start to finish. You head right into the forest and shortly thereafter a small river crossing.
The hike stays in the forest as it continues to have you climb to your destination and the destination is worth the challenge of this short hike.
We were the only ones there and were lucky enough to make on a windless day.
This hike is great for the family, including any pups that you may have. With water along the way and your destination, it helps on a hot day. Remember to bring enough water for yourself since even at the high elevation, it can be very hot.
This area is remote without any services or cell service. Please remember to LEAVE NO TRACE.
Enjoy this amazing hike!