Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons Guide Book

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)
Backpacking Idaho From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons  by Douglas Lorain

259pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 9780899977737

Thanks to the consistent support of backpackers from every corner of Idaho and beyond, Backpacking Idaho now proudly goes into its second edition, bigger and better than ever. Readers familiar with the first edition will recognize the user-friendly format as well as most of the trips, but they will also find four exceptional, all-new outings to explore. A few of the trips from the first edition have been taken out, mostly to make room for the new trips that offer even better scenery and are more enjoyable overall to hike. I have also made major revisions to five of the trips that were retained from the first edition, adding excellent new side trips, changing the recommended ending points to remove poor road access or add new areas of great scenery, or removing areas where trails have now been destroyed or abandoned.

© 2015 Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 37.
... Preview: The Bear River Range, a northern extension of Utah’s famous Wasatch Range, forms the western boundary of the popular Bear Lake Basin. Because the lower slopes of these mountains are crowded with lakes ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Ovid, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 25
... Preview: If you like the sight and sound of falling water, then you’ve hit the mother lode, because waterfalls are the prime attraction in this quiet corner of Yellowstone National Park. Sometimes called Casc ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Ashton, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 41
... Preview: The White Cloud Mountains are full of wonderful hiking and outstanding scenery, so almost every trail is highly enjoyable and well worth hiking. Still, it would be impossible to write a book about ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Challis, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 19
... Preview: This is an easy, extended walk along the entire length of Big Creek, a first-class fishing stream that knifes through the heart of Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. In addition to fishing, ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
McCall, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 26
... Preview: Tucked away in the northeast corner of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, this rugged and fun loop trip provides hikers with a fine sampling of the varied attractions of this huge preserve. The hike o ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Lolo, MT - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 27
... Preview: The Bighorn Crags feature the most spectacular peaks and lakes in Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. And spectacular is definitely the right word. The scenery is absolutely delightful, with c ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Cobalt, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 46
... Preview: There are many miles of interconnected trails in the Caribou Mountains southeast of Idaho Falls, and a hiker could spend several weeks happily traveling all of them. Those efforts would be especially ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Victor, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0
... Preview: To call the Lemhi Range remote is a little like saying that the weather in Siberia can get a bit nippy. Hidden behind the already isolated Lost River Range, the Lemhis may be the least known significa ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Ellis, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 45
... Preview: Close your eyes and try to picture what the American mountain west looked like 200 years ago. You know what I mean: one of those scenes sometimes pictured in Western movies showing vast forests, an en ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Cascade, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 50
... Preview: For most of its length, the Coeur d’Alene River is a tame stream that flows lazily through bottomlands where it is closely followed by roads. Near its headwaters, however, the river runs swift and wil ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Coeur d'Alene, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14
... Preview: Once complete, the Continental Divide Trail will go 3,200 miles through America’s Rocky Mountains from Mexico to Canada. Only a small section of this classic trail is in Idaho, where it travels throug ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Dubois, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 85
... Preview: Whether you drove or chose to walk the last 1.1 miles of road, the official trail begins from the end of FS 300 next to a trailhead sign. Your immediate surroundings consist of rolling hills. The so ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Idaho Falls, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 30
... Preview: Most of this trip is on trails, though some are rather faint, but a section in the middle of the loop requires a little extra skill and ability. No technical climbing or even advanced scrambling skill ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Challis, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 18
... Preview: Diversity is the defining characteristic of Gospel-Hump Wilderness, with its amazing variety of landforms, vegetation, and wildlife. This ruggedly difficult loop samples all of the wilderness’s diver ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Grangeville, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 68
... Preview: The Sawtooth Mountains contain some of Idaho’s most beautiful scenery. Though the famous views from the road are superb, if you really want to appreciate all that this range has to offer, you have to ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Boise, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 65
... Preview: Only experienced and confident hikers should attempt the difficult and challenging, 3-mile, off-trail section between Leggit Lake and the South Fork of Ross Fork River. From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Atlanta, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 33
... Preview: As the wettest range in the state of Idaho, the Selkirk Mountains support forests that are so lush they resemble the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest coast. The trees include such relatively unus ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Bonners Ferry, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 37
... Preview: Though mining roads separate the protected headwaters of Loon Creek from the rest of Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, this small appendage contains some of the most scenic terrain in the en ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Stanley, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 27
... Preview: The little-traveled Lost River Range is virtually unknown to hikers outside of Idaho, and even many residents of the Gem State have only a vague concept of where these mountains are. The most popula ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Mackay, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 38
... Preview: Meadow Creek flows out of an unprotected roadless area west of the Selway- Bitterroot Wilderness. The scenery is relatively subdued, with forested ridges on either side of the creek providing pleasant ... From the guidebook "Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons"
Darby, MT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0