Idaho Hiking Clubs

Idaho Hiking ClubsIdaho has more than 20 million acres of national forest. The Payette National Forest, Boise National Forest, No Return Wilderness, Hells Canyon Recreation Area and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area are just a few of the places that the hiking clubs in Idaho explore together.

McCall Hiking Club

Founded in 2003, this not-for-profit club explores the mountainous country of central Idaho during hikes, and also organizes activities such as kayaking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Though there are about 135 members, the hiking groups are kept small. 

Idaho Alpine Club

This club, based in Idaho Falls, celebrated 50 years in May 2010. Non-motorized activities are the focus of this group, which in addition to hiking gets together for kayaking, rafting, backpacking, bicycling, trail maintenance and even spelunking.

Bouder-White Clouds Council

This nonprofit organization, which was formed in 1989, works to protect the 500,000 acre Boulder-White Cloud Mountains which are the largest roadless, unprotected area in the continental United States. Each summer the Boulder White Clouds Council holds an outings program in which all events are lead by volunteers. These donation-only trips go to places such as the Boulders-White Clouds, Sawtooths, Smokeys, Pinoneer and Salmon River Mountains.

Idaho Mountain Recreation

IMR is geared toward connecting outdoor enthusiasts, many of which are in their 30s. This group organizes hiking trips as well as other activities with trip leaders, offers monthly meetings and also offers classes such as Wilderness First Aid.

Boise Trail Heads

This Meetup group, founded in 2009 in Boise, has over 6,000 members. Group activities include hiking, snowshoeing, camping and backpacking. There is a leadership team which organizes this group, but members can suggest ideas and communicate through the Boise Trail Heads site on Meetup.com.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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