Backpacking Idaho  by Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz

Backpacking Idaho Guide Book

by Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz (Falcon Guides)
Backpacking Idaho  by Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz
Idaho is one the most diverse states for hiking, backpacking, and exploring new landscapes. It is truly a gem, where you can find places to get away and explore without paying exorbitant amounts for guides, lodging, or transportation. There is great variety in the landscape, as well as in creating backpacking excursions that work for your time and abilities.

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Trails from the "Backpacking Idaho" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 46.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 46.

This is a short hike into a small lake among big—really big—mountains.
Mackay, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
This beautiful ridgeline walk above Redfish Lake leads to five-plus lakes nestled below Mount Heyburn. Park at the Redfish Trailhead and follow the path across the road to where the Fishhook Creek Trail begins. At 0.6 mile there is a junction with the Bench Lakes Trail. Turn left here and follow the trail across a bridge over Fishhook Creek. The trail winds up the ridge overlooking Redfish Lake until it finally maintains a straight path parallel to the lake. This stretch is an enjoyable walk. On the right (west) are views of Sawtooth peaks: Heyburn Mountain, Horstmann Peak, and the Grand Mogul.
Stanley, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8
There are lofty mountains and high meadows with spacious views on this long loop trail with many additional opportunities.
Leadore, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 37.2
This part of the Bighorn Crags hosts beautiful fishing lakes amid rugged scenery. There are fewer visitors than at the northern end of the Bighorn Crags. There is no reliable water source for the first 4.7 miles. Dogs are not allowed on this hike. The access roads and probably part of this trail burned in the Clear Creek fire of 2000. Check with the forest service for current information on rehabilitation of the access roads and trails.
Salmon, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 26
This is one of the most spectacular areas in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. Witness stunning views of Ship Island Lake and the breaks country of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, with spires, knobs, and the huge monoliths of rugged granite mountains. Many lakes have good fishing. The north and west sides of the Bighorn Crags are especially noted for bighorn sheep. There are two possible routes to the Bighorn Crags Campground and trailhead.
Salmon, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 22
Hike to a string of lakes with many small rainbow trout and access many other lake basins. This is a well-used and absolutely beautiful trail. This hike will confirm everything you may have heard about the beauty of the White Clouds and Castle Peak. It has just about every lure for the outdoors person: deep, cool forests, mountain springs, lakes to fish or swim, mountains to climb, and a conservation battle to get you out of your armchair. (See the Boulder and White Cloud Mountains overview.)
Challis, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 20
This hike provides a good introduction to the Lick Creek Mountains, which form part of the westernmost portion of the massive Idaho Batholith. Glaciers filled the valleys in the Box Lake area during the Pleistocene (ice age) era, and left many tarns (glacial lakes) when they receded. Enjoy lovely granite mountains and a large subalpine lake radiate within burned areas and new growth. There is an outhouse at the trailhead and room for five or six vehicles.
McCall, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8
There are two clusters of cirque lakes with excellent fishing amid the grandeur of the northern Lemhi Mountains. The lakes are beneath the pyramidal Lem Peak (10,986 feet), in an area abundant with wildlife, including mountain goats.
Salmon, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11
Hike through glaciated mountain scenery, with access to alpine lakes and impressive erosion scars from a great flood in 1984. Several waterfalls are also available to explore.
Ketchum, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 14
Stunning views of the White Cloud peaks abound here, with numerous subalpine lakes to explore. This is a busy hike, especially the fi rst 1.4 miles to beautiful Fourth of July Lake. The trail to Fourth of July Lake is open to all but ATVs and full-size vehicles. The trail from there to the Born Lakes is closed to motor vehicles. The first leg of the trail to Fourth of July Lake has modest scenery, but many use it because the trailhead gives high elevation and deep access into the White Cloud Mountains. The lake itself is very pretty, with meadows all around it.
Ketchum, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8
Goat Lake is a cirque mountain lake in the proposed Great Burn Wilderness of Idaho and Montana, set amid 7,000–8,000-foot peaks and with numerous trail connections to other lakes and the Bitterroot Divide. There are good views into the 100,000-acre proposed Weitas Creek Wilderness.
Lewiston, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 11
This route leads to four scenic subalpine lakes high on Independence Mountain. Grand views are available of Mount Harrison, Elba Basin, Cache Peak, and the Jim Sage Mountains.
Burley, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
Several lakes and ponds lie among scenic peaks and uplands. The southern portion of the Pioneer Mountains consists of rugged, glaciated peaks with numerous cirques, many with lakes. Despite their height and cool weather, these mountains have very sparse forests. Although this sometimes makes it hard to get out of the high-elevation sun, it does provide for almost constant, scenic views into the distance.
Arco, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
Jennie Lake is a beautiful mountain lake nestled in the Boise Mountains. This is a great opportunity for residents of the large, growing, urban area of Boise to visit a pristine lake. Due to its proximity (a little over an hour) to such a populated area this trail is quite popular, and special consideration to preserve this delicate area should be considered. The trail begins by following Bear Creek upstream. It gently climbs, skirting flowery hillsides and meadows and thick fir forests typical of the Boise mountains. It is well suited for any hiking ability and there are plenty of resting spots near the creek.
Lowman, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 9
Late-summer hiking is available to this high mountain lake country, with cutthroat trout fishing and a chance to see mountain goats, moose, elk, deer, and an occasional black bear.
Pierce, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13.6
This trail offers spectacular scenery and solitude, the sublime Lava Ridge, and chances to see wildlife.
McCall, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.4
The Left Fork holds rugged mountain scenery with more wildlife and geological variety than most Pioneer Mountain areas.
Ketchum, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 12
Long Canyon is a splendid example of a northern climax rain forest. Opportunities arise for wildlife viewing, mushroom hunting, and fishing. It is a magnificent ridge walk. Long Canyon is one of the last two unlogged drainages of the American Selkirk Mountains. Parker Canyon, which lies next to it, is the other. The other drainages still have high recreation values, especially near the crest of the range, but they have been partially or completely logged. This prime area consists mainly of hemlock, western red cedar, white pine, and larch in the middle third. The upper third and ridges are covered with Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir. Wildlife abounds. A few grizzlies and woodland caribou still live in the area. The Selkirk Mountains are the only place that the woodland caribou, an endangered species, still exists in the United States. Mushroom hunting in this rain forest, particularly in September, is good.
Bonners Ferry, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 30
This is a beautiful wilderness river in a deep forested canyon. There is early and late season access as well as routes to many loop backpacking trips. Due to its low elevation, this is one of the earliest accessible trails in northern Idaho. It begins at 1,780 feet elevation, at the upstream end of the lower parking area, where you will see the trail register. The trail heads upstream (east) along the north side of the Selway. It sparkles with mica on sunny days as it winds along the river through a canyon cutting through decomposing Idaho Batholith granite. Although the Selway also runs bank-full in spring, it nevertheless runs clear because it drains more than a million acres of pristine Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness. Alas, the fishing doesn’t get really good until the water begins to recede (in some years, late July). All along the trail are nice rest stops under big cedars or on the numerous sand beaches. This trail is perfect for leisurely weekend family hikes, but watch small children closely since the trail traverses ledges and cliff s that drop abruptly to the river.
Lowell, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 12
This is the second most heavily used trail in this vicinity of the Selway River—and for good reason. It’s a shady hike along fern-covered, stone wall formations beside sizable Meadow Creek.
Lewiston, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 28