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Rainbow Lakes Professional Review and Guide
"The basin has beautiful scenery, including nine fishable lakes close together."
--Ralph Maughan & Jackie Johnson Maughan, Hiking Idaho (Falcon Guides).
This is a great two-day trip with beautiful scenery and fun fishing. It's moderately difficult all the way to Hideaway Lake because of the steep up and over of two divides. Trinity Lake campground is very popular, so you have to get there early to compete for a site. We took the horrible road from Anderson Ranch reservoir there, and the miserable Middle Fork Boise River road home. I would recommend going through Pine instead.
An enjoyable hike for my nine year old and me. The many mosquitos tried, but couldn't scare us off.
My wife and I made this hike late last summmer, and it was a very incredible experience. It was my wifes first every backpacking experience and she had a blast. After the long drive from our home town of nampa we finally reached the campground at the trailhead and was greeted by a beautiful sunset over a gorgeous alpine lake. The drive to the campground however was not quite as nice as I thought it would be, the last 4 miles was pretty rough and I do not think that a small sedan could navigate the rough off road trail that one must drive to get to the trail head. However once you arrive the hike is incredible. we traveled with our two dogs and some good friends on this one, and I was the only one with hiking experience. A good time was had by all though, as we turned the dogs loose on the trail and started the hike at around 9:00 on a saturday morning. The first leg of the hike was a little more difficult than I would recommend for beginners, but everyone made it. They felt a real sense of accomplishment when we finally crested the peak. Below was numerous alpine lakes that you would have to be experienced to believe. I highly recommend this hike to anyone that is in decent shape, and is looking for a great day on the mountain. Enjoy!!
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