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The Best Hiking in Idaho

Looking for the best hiking in Idaho? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Idaho. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

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Top hiking spots in and near Idaho

  • Ashton, Idaho

    Upper and Lower Mesa Falls Loop

    4.7
    2.6 mi / 358 ft gain
    When two waterfalls have their own scenic byway, you know it is worth the additional stop. Lower Mesa Falls and Upper Mesa Falls are spectacular waterfalls along the Henrys Fork River, deep in the Grand Targhee Forest. The winding scenic byway yields some spectacular views of the Grand Targhee Fo...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Sawtooth Lake via Iron Creek

    4.9
    10.04 mi / 1962 ft gain
    Sawtooth Lake is "must-see" for Idaho hikers or any outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Sawtooth National Forest. The five mile trek to the lake is made worthwhile by breathtaking, photogenic alpine lakes and the crisp, clean Idaho air. It's up to you whether to day hike the trail or to camp at the ...
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  • Salmon, Idaho

    Hike & Soak in Goldbug Hot Springs

    4.7
    3.52 mi / 1350 ft gain
    Reaching the Goldbug Hot Springs trailhead is pretty straightforward. It is located South of Salmon, Idaho and north of Challis, Idaho. The turnoff is near mile marker 282 on highway 93. This turns into a short dirt road (heading east) with a trailhead at the end; wooden fences and a restroom wil...
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  • Arco, Idaho

    Hike the Craters of the Moon's Lava Tubes

    4.0
    1.6 mi
    Craters of the Moon National Monument in Southern Idaho is a vast ocean of lava flows, with scattered islands of cinder and splatter cones created by volcanic activity 15,000 years ago. Over 618 square miles, this surreal field displays the strange geography that can be caused by significant erup...
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  • Garden Valley, Idaho

    Soak in Pine Flats Hot Springs

    3.6
    0.5 mi
    The secret is out about Idaho's plethora of hot springs... but this one truly is special. It's highlighted by a warm waterfall that pours into a pool on the banks of the Payette. These springs are only about an hour and a half drive from Boise.To get there from the City of Trees, head north on Hw...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Alice Lake via Petit Trail

    5.0
    11.97 mi / 1673 ft gain
    Alice Lake is a must-see, jaw-dropping alpine lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Whether it's a day hike or a multiple night backpacking trip, it surely won't disappoint. Put on the Idaho playlist, we're headed to Stanley! In Stanley, hang right at the T in the road and continue 17 miles south alo...
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  • Twin Falls County, Idaho

    Photograph the Perrine Bridge and Perrine Coulee Falls

    4.5
    About the Bridge: The Perrine Bridge near Twin Falls, Idaho is a famous landmark in the state and crosses the beautiful Snake River Canyon. The bridge is 1,500 feet long and is 386 feet above the Snake River. There are also BASE jumpers that frequent the bridge. BASE jumping is a sport where athl...
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  • Lowman, Idaho

    Saddleback Lakes

    5.0
    8.64 mi / 2129 ft gain
    The adventure starts taking a boat shuttle over between the north and south ends of Redfish Lake. The boat ride has a fee and is approximately 7 minutes each way. You can learn more on the Redfish Lake blog. Once across the lake at its southern end (Redfish Inlet Transfer Camp), hike the Redfish...
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  • Cascade, Idaho

    Camp at Blue Lake

    5.0
    Blue Lake is a great spot to spend a night next to the lake but is also the perfect escape if you're looking to get away for just the day. The stars at night are worth the trip alone, as it's far away from light pollution. It gets a little windy sometimes but there is plenty of cover and trees to...
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  • Bruneau, Idaho

    Hike the Bruneau Sand Dunes

    4.1
    3 mi / 470 ft gain
    Set off from the Bruneau Lake parking lot and circumnavigate the lake in a clockwise direction. The hike traverses small rolling dunes before beginning it's ascent of the big dune. The big dune rises 450 feet and it's loose sand is both entertaining to climb as well as a test of patience.The 360 ...
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  • Boise, Idaho

    Freddy's Stack Rock Loop

    4.0
    11.34 mi / 2044 ft gain
    The trail to Stack Rock is a well maintained path that generates a lot of attention due to its special destination. The famed rock overlooks the City of Trees and surrounding Treasure Valley. This trek is popular among locals because of its proximity to the city and its spectacular views. Getti...
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  • Kimberly, Idaho

    Shoshone Falls

    4.3
    0.61 mi / 174 ft gain
    From Highway 93 in Twin Falls turn east onto Falls Avenue. After two miles turn left onto Champlin Road and continue to the entrance of Shoshone Falls Park. Enjoy a view of the waterfalls from one of the many lookout decks. For a longer adventure, hop on the paved Centennial Trail and walk, run,...
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  • Elmore County, Idaho

    Explore the South Fork of the Boise River

    4.5
    In just over an hour, you can leave downtown Boise and arrive above Arrowrock Reservoir in a location so unique that you won't believe you're still in Idaho. The South Fork of the Boise River provides excitement for campers, wildlife lovers, and outdoor goers. Although I just visited for the firs...
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  • Kooskia, Idaho

    Jerry Johnson Hot Springs

    5.0
    2.64 mi / 348 ft gain
    Note: crampons and hiking poles are a necessity for navigating this trail in the winter months. The trail can be steep in some places and very icy. Serious note: This area is used very frequently, resulting in abuse of the land. There is a problem with trash and clothing left behind. For this r...
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  • Boise County, Idaho

    Jennie Lake Trail

    4.0
    8.38 mi / 1998 ft gain
    Perhaps one of the best beginner-esque lake hikes closest to Boise, making your way to Jennie Lake can either be packed-in overnight or and out-and-back day hike. You'll be delighted by the secluded ambiance of the lake and the cool mountain breeze rushing through the pines. Getting There: Make ...
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  • Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

    Hike Mineral Ridge

    4.2
    3.3 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Wander through a classic Inland Northwest pine tree forest as you climb up to Mineral Ridge. At the top, explore historical Caribou Cabin and take the spur trail to the left to an abandoned mine. There is a lot of history scattered on this short loop hike! Continue past the cabin and take in v...
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