Best Trails of Idaho

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#1. Toxaway - Pettit Loop


This is a classic backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Mountains. There are alpine lakes, waterfalls, and some of the most jagged of the Sawtooths.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Idaho"
Stanley, ID - Backpacking, Hiking - 18 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake


Scenic Sawtooth Lake is the biggest lake inside the Sawtooth Mountains and makes for one of the most photographic backcountry scenes in Idaho.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Idaho"
Stanley, ID - Backpacking, Hiking - 10 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Grand Sawtooths Loop


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 - 65 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#4. Mineral Ridge Loop


From humble beginnings at a picnic area on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Beauty Bay, a gentle ribbon of trail snakes its way up an arm of the mountain known as Mineral Ridge. This 3.3-mile trail, managed by…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest"
Coeur d'Alene, ID - Hiking - 3.3 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#5. Table Mountain


Located 10 miles east of Driggs, Idaho, in the southern portion of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. An exceptional day hike with wonderful views.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Wyoming"
Driggs, ID - Hiking - 12 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Boulder - Louie Lakes Loop


A very pretty lake loop in scenic granite mountains. This is a popular area with routes to two different lakes that can put you in some very beautiful country quickly. A loop trip is also possible wi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Idaho"
McCall, ID - Backpacking, Hiking - 6 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Skinnydipper Hot Spring


Hot pools up a steep and hot hillside above the South Fork Payette River, reached by a 0.5-mile path that feels like a mile. Swimwear superfluous. A waterfall cascades over a cliff and pours through…
From the guidebook "Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest"
Crouch, ID - Hiking - 0 Best Trail in ID - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Mount Borah


This is quite a mountain, beautiful and bodacious. The peak, Idaho’s highest at 12,662 feet, gives an eagle’s view of the surrounding high country and high desert valleys. It also harbors Idaho’s onl…
From the guidebook "Hiking Idaho"
Challis, ID - Hiking - 7 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Marie Creek Trail


The Marie Creek Trail offers a great leg-stretcher just 10 miles from downtown Coeur d’Alene. Nothing particularly stunning here, just miles of Footbridge over creek to Marie Creek Trailhead quiet tra…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest"
Coeur d'Alene, ID - Hiking - 10 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#10. Boulder Chain Lakes


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 abou…
From the guidebook "Hiking Idaho"
Challis, ID - Backpacking, Hiking - 20 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Boise River Greenbelt


Scenic pathway along the cottonwood-lined Boise River; good chance of seeing waterfowl such as great blue herons, and bald eagles in the winter. People watching can be entertaining on the popular pat…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Idaho"
Boise, ID - Mountain Biking - 38 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Rainbow Lakes


The basin has beautiful scenery, including nine fishable lakes close together.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Idaho"
Mountain Home, ID - Backpacking, Hiking - 9 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Bighorn Crags


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 - 46 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Wilderness Press

#14. Rapid River


This is a deep, dramatic canyon with a crystal-clear stream. It is hikable for three seasons of the year. Rapid River is a unit of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Drive north from New Mea…
From the guidebook "Hiking Idaho"
Riggins, ID - Backpacking, Hiking - 14 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Bernard Peak Loop


Beautiful loop ride within site of Lake Pend Oreille. Located near Bayview. Tread: 4.4 miles of gravel road, 8.9 miles of doubletrack, 5.2 miles of singletrack.…
From the guidebook "Mountain Biking Idaho"
Bayview, ID - Mountain Biking - 18.5 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Bighorn Crags: Ship Island Lake


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Idaho"
Salmon, ID - Backpacking, Hiking - 22 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#17. Seven Devils Loop


Circumnavigate the rugged and well-named Seven Devils Mountains. This 25-mileplus loop offers magnificent views into Hells Canyon with some thirty lakes and abundant wildlife.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Idaho"
Riggins, ID - Backpacking, Hiking - 29 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Blossom Lakes


The fairly easy 6-mile round trip to Lower Blossom Lake can be extended into a longer hike of a little more difficulty to Pear Lake or even to Glidden Ridge and beyond. These lakes are off the beaten…
From the guidebook "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest"
Kellogg, ID - Backpacking, Hiking - 6 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#19. Bear Creek Hot Springs


An overnighter for experienced trekkers only to a soaking pool in a mountain meadow near Palisades Reservoir. Naked bodies welcome. This expedition is a challenge physically, with several major st…
From the guidebook "Hiking Hot Springs in the Pacific Northwest"
Idaho Falls, ID - Hiking - 15 miles Best Trail in ID - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#20. Anderson Ranch Reservoir Area


Among the regions containing the source water of the Boise River, some are very remote, but the Anderson Ranch Dam area is relatively easy to reach, and a sizable portion of the people in the Mountain…
From the guidebook "Camping Idaho"
Pine, ID - Campgrounds, Fishing, Hiking
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