Best Hiking in Idaho

This list represents the most popular hiking in Idaho. Use this list to plan your next Idaho hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Toxaway - Pettit Loop

    16 Reviews

    Stanley, ID

    This is a classic backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Mountains. There are alpine lakes, waterfalls, and some of the most jagged of the Sawtooths.
    •  3-5 days
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a classic backpacking trip in the Sawtooth Mountains. There are alpine lakes, waterfalls, and some of the most jagged ...

  • #2 Grand Sawtooths Loop

    5 Reviews

    Boise, ID

    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 ...
    •  6-10 days
    •  65 miles
    •  Guide

    The Sawtooth Mountains contain some of Idaho’s most beautiful scenery. Though the famous views from the road are superb, ...

  • #3 Mineral Ridge Loop

    8 Reviews

    Coeur d'Alene, ID

    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 ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  3.3 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • #4 Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake

    6 Reviews

    Stanley, ID

    Scenic Sawtooth Lake is the biggest lake inside the Sawtooth Mountains and makes for one of the most photographic backcountry scenes in Idaho.
    •  Long day hike or overnight
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    Scenic Sawtooth Lake is the biggest lake inside the Sawtooth Mountains and makes for one of the most photographic backcountry ...

  • #5 Boulder - Louie Lakes Loop

    7 Reviews

    McCall, ID

    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 ...
    •  Either a day hike or overnight
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    A very pretty lake loop in scenic granite mountains. This is a popular area with routes to two different lakes that can ...

  • #6 Table Mountain

    8 Reviews

    Driggs, ID

    Located 10 miles east of Driggs, Idaho, in the southern portion of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. An exceptional day hike with wonderful views.
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Located 10 miles east of Driggs, Idaho, in the southern portion of the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. An exceptional day hike ...

  • #7 Marie Creek Trail

    7 Reviews

    Coeur d'Alene, ID

    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 ...
    •  5 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    The Marie Creek Trail offers a great leg-stretcher just 10 miles from downtown Coeur d’Alene. Nothing particularly stunning ...

  • #8 Mount Borah

    4 Reviews

    Challis, ID

    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 ...
    •  Day hike
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This is quite a mountain, beautiful and bodacious. The peak, Idaho’s highest at 12,662 feet, gives an eagle’s view of the ...

  • #9 Skinnydipper Hot Spring

    6 Reviews

    Crouch, ID

    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 ...
    •  0 miles
    •  Guide

    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. ...

  • #10 Rapid River

    7 Reviews

    Riggins, ID

    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 ...
    •  Either a day hike or overnight
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a deep, dramatic canyon with a crystal-clear stream. It is hikable for three seasons of the year. Rapid River is ...

  • #11 Boulder Chain Lakes

    3 Reviews

    Challis, ID

    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 ...
    •  3-5 days
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    Hike to a string of lakes with many small rainbow trout and access many other lake basins. This is a well-used and absolutely ...

  • #12 Bear Creek Hot Springs

    4 Reviews

    Idaho Falls, ID

    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 ...
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    An overnighter for experienced trekkers only to a soaking pool in a mountain meadow near Palisades Reservoir. Naked bodies ...

  • #13 Blossom Lakes

    5 Reviews

    Kellogg, ID

    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 ...
    •  3 hours or overnight
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The fairly easy 6-mile round trip to Lower Blossom Lake can be extended into a longer hike of a little more difficulty to ...

  • #14 Harrison Lake

    4 Reviews

    Sandpoint, ID

    One of the most ruggedly beautiful alpine lakes in the Selkirk Mountains, Harrison Lake, at the headwaters of the Pack River, offers plenty of rewarding options for scrambling up granite talus ...
    •  4 hours or overnight
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the most ruggedly beautiful alpine lakes in the Selkirk Mountains, Harrison Lake, at the headwaters of the Pack River, ...

  • #15 Rainbow Lakes

    3 Reviews

    Mountain Home, ID

    The basin has beautiful scenery, including nine fishable lakes close together.
    •  Either a day hike or overnight
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The basin has beautiful scenery, including nine fishable lakes close together.

  • #16 White Cloud Peaks Loop

    5 Reviews

    Stanley, ID

    Though it would be difficult to pick a single favorite from among the dozens of mountain ranges that draw the admiration of Idaho hikers, you could make a strong case for the White Cloud Peaks ...
    •  3-5 days
    •  31 miles
    •  Guide

    Though it would be difficult to pick a single favorite from among the dozens of mountain ranges that draw the admiration ...

  • #17 Bighorn Crags

    4 Reviews

    Cobalt, ID

    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, ...
    •  3 - 6 days
    •  46 miles
    •  Guide

    The Bighorn Crags feature the most spectacular peaks and lakes in Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. And spectacular ...

  • #18 Bighorn Crags: Ship Island Lake

    5 Reviews

    Salmon, ID

    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 ...
    •  3-4 days
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of the most spectacular areas in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. Witness stunning views of ...

  • #19 Seven Devils Loop

    3 Reviews

    Riggins, ID

    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.
    •  Backpack
    •  29 miles
    •  Guide

    Circumnavigate the rugged and well-named Seven Devils Mountains. This 25-mileplus loop offers magnificent views into Hells ...

  • #20 Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs

    3 Reviews

    Salmon, ID

    A day hike climbing to steamy soaks and hot waterfalls in a desert canyon. It’s a bathing suit/ birthday suit mix. A brisk climb up a craggy desert canyon ends at a green oasis where lush undergrowth ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A day hike climbing to steamy soaks and hot waterfalls in a desert canyon. It’s a bathing suit/ birthday suit mix. A brisk ...