The Best Hiking in Idaho

Explore Upper and Lower Mesa Falls

Idaho / Upper Mesa Falls Parking, Idaho

When two waterfalls have their own scenic byway, you know it is worth the additional stop.

Josh Packer
1474 Saves

Backpack to Sawtooth Lake

Idaho / Iron Creek Trailhead

Sawtooth Lake is "must-see" for Idaho hikers or any outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Sawtooth National Forest.

Dusty Klein
1300 Saves

Hike & Soak in Goldbug Hot Springs

Idaho / Goldbug Hot Springs Trailhead

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.

Ross Perkins
1006 Saves

Hike the Craters of the Moon's Lava Tubes

Idaho / Caves Trailhead

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.

Colin Ayers
956 Saves

Photograph the Perrine Bridge and Perrine Coulee Falls

Idaho / Perrine Coulee Falls

About the Bridge: The Perrine Bridge near Twin Falls, Idaho is a famous landmark in the state and crosses the beautiful Snake River Canyon.

Josh Packer
561 Saves

Camp at the Coyote Yurts

Idaho / Coyote Yurts

The Coyote Yurts are a little known treasure within the Sawtooth National Forest.

Dusty Klein
414 Saves

Hike or Ride to Stack Rock

Idaho / Stack Rock Trailhead

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.

Dusty Klein
379 Saves

Explore Shoshone Falls

Idaho / Shoshone Falls

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.

Sara Sheehy
367 Saves

Camp at Blue Lake

Idaho / Blue Lake Trailhead, Idaho

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.

Mike Sanders
356 Saves

Backpack to Alice Lake

Idaho / Tin Cup Traihead

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.

Dusty Klein
352 Saves

Soak in Pine Flats Hot Springs

Idaho / Pine Flats Campground

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.

Dusty Klein
347 Saves

Hike Mineral Ridge

Idaho / Mineral Ridge Trail

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.

Rose Freeman
343 Saves

Backpack to Marten and Kelly Lakes

Idaho / Flat Creek Rd Trailhead

The Sawtooth mountain range consists of hundreds, maybe thousands, of small, crystal clear lakes.

Garren Moore
336 Saves

Hike the Bruneau Sand Dunes

Idaho / Bruneau Dunes

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.

Sara Sheehy
320 Saves

Hike to Shadow and Fern Falls

Idaho / Fern Falls and Shadow Falls Parking Area

See both Fern Falls, just 0.2 mile from the parking lot, and Shadow Falls (20-25 ft tall), a beautiful cascade among moss-covered rocks. A footbridge takes you behind the falls, as well.

Hike to Devil's Bedstead West

Idaho / Summit Creek Trail

Ski enthusiasts recognize Sun Valley for its notorious town and prestigious slopes.

Dusty Klein
313 Saves

Hike to Jennie Lake

Idaho / Jennie Lake Trail, Idaho

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.

Garren Moore
310 Saves

Explore the South Fork of the Boise River

Idaho / South Fork of the Boise River

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.

Dusty Klein
308 Saves

Hike to Bloomington Lake

Idaho / Bloomington Lake

Bloomington Lake is deep in the mountains West of a small town called Bloomington. The road from the town to Bloomington Lake is a narrow dirt road.

Hunter Iverson
301 Saves

Hike to Jerry Johnson Hot Springs

Idaho / Warm Spring Trailhead

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.

Meredith Baird
280 Saves

Backpack to Saddleback Lakes

Idaho / Redfish Lake Lodge

The adventure starts taking a boat shuttle over between the north and south ends of Redfish Lake. The cost is $7.50 per person each way and is payable at the marina.

Fudo Jahic
274 Saves

Hike to Weir Creek Hot Springs

Idaho / Weir Creek Hot Springs Pull-Off

After parking at the trailhead, follow the well defined trail on the left side of Weir Creek for about half a mile. The trail passes multiple campsites that see heavy use.

LJ Dawson
272 Saves

Hike Coeur d'Alene's Tubbs Hill

Idaho / Tubbs Hill Trail

Looking for a short adventure hike on a road trip or a beach to hang out at for a weekend? Tubbs Hill features a 2 mile loop trail that winds along the shoreline of Lake Coeur d'Alene and through an.

Rose Freeman
272 Saves

Camp at Redfish Lake

Idaho / Redfish Lake Visitor Center

There are plenty of camping spots all within walking distance of the lake or the outlet stream. There are also tons of hikes in the surrounding Sawtooth Mountain Range.

Matt O'Connor
253 Saves

Hike Tubb's Hill

Idaho / Tubbs Hill Trail

The trail begins at the base of Tubb's Hill, located just on the outskirts of the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Taylor Nadauld
250 Saves

Hike to Sawtooth Lake

Idaho / Iron Creek Trailhead

The trail to Sawtooth Lake is a couple miles from Stanley at the Iron Creek Trailhead. The hike is ten miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1720 feet culminating in the legendary Sawtooth Lake .

Kylor Melton
195 Saves

Climb Mount Borah

Idaho / Borah Peak Trailhead

Rising high above the sage brush covered landscape, Mount Borah is the tallest mountain in Idaho and is referred to as the "roof of Idaho.

Chris Bruin
191 Saves

Hike to Beehive Lakes

Idaho / Beehive Lakes Trailhead

To get to the trailhead, drive north on highway 95 from Sandpoint and turn left onto Pack River Road near the gas station.

Rose Freeman
176 Saves

Climb in Idaho's City Of Rocks

Idaho / City of Rocks

You could spend years in southern Idaho's City of Rocks and climb quality routes the entire time. There is something for everyone here, no matter your skill level or climbing preferences.

James Troxell
175 Saves

Hike "R" Mountain

Idaho / North Menan Butte Hike

The North Menan Butte, or "R" Mountain is a well-known landmark in southeast Idaho for its size and uniqueness.

Josh Packer
174 Saves

Hike to Goat Lake, Idaho

Idaho / Iron Creek Trailhead

This moderate hike begins at Iron Creek Trailhead in the Sawtooth Mountains. Follow the trail through the forest and alongside Iron Creek. At 1.

Madison Sankovitz
173 Saves

Hike the Rim of Bruneau Canyon

Idaho / Bruneau Canyon Overlook

From the small town of Bruneau turn east on Hot Springs Road (set odometer) and continue for 15.6 miles on a well maintained dirt road.

Sara Sheehy
172 Saves

Winter Backpack on Mt. Roothaan

Idaho / Mt. Roothaan Trailhead

The Selkirk Mountains in northern Idaho don’t see nearly as many visitors as neighboring ranges in Washington and Montana, but it’s not for a lack of scenery and rugged backcountry. Mt.

Nick Lake
167 Saves

Hike to Stevens Lakes

Idaho / Stevens Lakes, Idaho

To get to the trailhead, drive east on I-90 to Lookout Pass. Turn right into the pass parking lot and continue on the railroad grade dirt road for approximately 6 miles.

Rose Freeman
165 Saves

Backpack to Imogene Lake

Idaho / Hell Roaring Lake Trailhead

You will want to turn onto NF-209 off of highway 75, about 10 miles outside of Stanley, Idaho. You will then turn left onto 315, and you can either park at the lower or upper trail head for trail 097.

Mike Sanders
165 Saves

Hike to Loon Lake

Idaho / Chinook Campground

This pretty simple hike is just outside of Burgdorf, though it is fun enough that my friends and I hike it every year.

Radley Peterson
158 Saves

Hike to Kane Lake

Idaho / Kane Lake Trailhead

This hike into the Pioneer Mountain Range starts out in a small meadow near Kane Creek, which you will follow for nearly the whole hike.

Radley Peterson
156 Saves

Backpack to Cramer Lakes

Idaho / Redfish Inlet Trailhead

Before beginning this hike, you'll want to take the ferry from the Redfish Lake Lodge to the other side of the lake, where the trailhead is.

Amanda Solomon
155 Saves

Hike Fishhook Creek

Idaho / Fishhook Creek Trailhead

This easy hike starts off from the dirt parking lot near Redfish Lake Lodge. Two small footpaths lead away from the far end of the parking lot crossing the road to the lodge just down to the left.

Ross Miller
149 Saves

Backpack to Trail Creek Lakes

Idaho / Grandjean Trailhead

Based in Grandjean, one of the lesser utilized access points to the Sawtooth mountains, this trailhead is one of the most accessible in the range.

Garren Moore
144 Saves

Backpack the Alice Toxaway Loop

Idaho / Tin Cup Traihead

The Alice/Toxaway Loop is a standard loop in the Sawtooth Mountains, ID.  The basic route is around 20 miles and takes 2-3 days.

Matt Huber
140 Saves

Hike to Thompson Peak

Idaho / Redfish Lake Trailhead

The Sawtooths are known for its craggy shapes protruding from central Idaho.

Dusty Klein
135 Saves

Mountain Bike 'Around the Mountain' at Bogus Basin

Idaho / Bogus Basin

'Around the Mountain' is a local mountain bike favorite in Boise. To get there, head up Bogus Basin Road for the full 16 miles until you get to the ski parking lot.

Dusty Klein
124 Saves

Hike to Bench Lakes

Idaho / Fishhook Creek Trailhead

This hike is great for anyone wanting to experience a scenic trail and peaceful alpine lakes. The five Bench Lakes are a chain of lakes draining from Mt. Heyburn.

Madison Sankovitz
122 Saves

Hike along Palisades Creek

Idaho / Palisades Creek Nature Trail

The Palisades Creek Nature Trail is a fun little hike with many photographic opportunities.

Josh Packer
108 Saves

Hike to Norton Lakes

Idaho / Norton Lake Trailhead

Starting at the Norton Lakes trailhead, travel up into the mountains through pine forest, with several small stream crossings (if you're going early in the summer, be prepared to wade).

Amanda Solomon
105 Saves

Backpack Two Mouth Lakes

Idaho / Two Mouth Trailhead

Start at Two Mouth Trail #268 as it goes north along an old logging road. The trail then heads west following Peak Creek before bending back to the south.

Colin Ayers
102 Saves

Hike to Bear Creek Lake

Idaho / Bear Creek Lake Trail

The trailhead starts at the end of an old jeep trail. If you are brave with your 4 wheel drive you can drive to here and cut 1.4 miles off your hike. My mile counting started at the trail head.

Bob Hollywood
99 Saves

Scramble up Cervidae Peak

Idaho / Cervidae Peak Trailhead

From the peak the views are limitless, a full 360 degrees of landmarks like Lucky Peak Reservoir.

Caden Chandler
98 Saves

Hike to Johnstone Pass

Idaho / Johnstone Pass Trailhead

Johnstone Pass is a diamond in a valley flush with hidden gems. Turn east onto East Fork Big Wood River Road from Highway 75.

Sara Sheehy
96 Saves

Hike the Little City of Rocks

Idaho / Little City of Rocks Trailhead

Located near Gooding, Idaho, the Little City of Rocks provides endless wandering through volcanic ash hoodoos and sagebrush desert.

Sara Sheehy
94 Saves

Hike to the Top of Lower Mesa Falls

Idaho / Upper Mesa Falls Parking, Idaho

The Mesa Nature Trail begins on the dirt road to the Upper Mesa Falls overflow parking lot. The first mile of the trail is wide and smooth.

Sara Sheehy
94 Saves

Hike to 4th of July Lake

Idaho / 4th of July Lake Trailhead

This is an easy, yet breathtakingly beautiful hike. After the fun adventure of the 10.2 mile extra bumpy dirt road to the trail head the hike in is simple.

Bob Hollywood
94 Saves

Hike to Roman Nose High Mountain Lakes

Idaho / Roman Nose Lakes

Your journey will start with a rural drive about 60 minutes from Sandpoint, ID. Once you hit the dirt road, hold on because its quite the bumpy drive (AWD vehicle is recommended).

Hunter Berge
87 Saves

Hike the Pulaski Tunnel Trail

Idaho / Pulaski Tunnel Trailhead

Just outside of the town of Wallace, this trail is made for both the hiker and history buff alike. In 1910, the Northwest was experiencing one of the worst droughts on record.

Ashley Karsh
86 Saves

Scramble Up Decker Peak

Idaho / Hell Roaring Lake Trailhead

This can be a day trip or, if you want to take your time and relax after the climb, backpack in and camp at Hell Roaring Lake on the night before and after the climb.

Hike to Steel Lake

Idaho / Steel Lake Trailhead

Steel Mountain, which defines the highest point of the Boise National Forest, has the impressive qualities of its neighboring Sawtooths.

Keaton Poe
85 Saves

Hike the Harrison to Beehive Lake Lower Traverse

Idaho / Harrison Lake Trailhead

You will follow the Pack River Road no. 231 for about 21 miles until you reach the trailhead.

Bryan Carroll
84 Saves

Hike the Snake River Canyon to Pillar Falls

Idaho / Pillar Falls Trailhead

From Eastland Dr. in Twin Falls, turn right onto Pole Line Rd. to find a small dirt pulloff with room for only a handful of cars on the north side of the road.

Nathaniel Carter
84 Saves

Hike to Titus Lake

Idaho / Titus Lake Trailhead

This 3-mile round trip hike starts at above 8,000 feet, just shy of Galena Summit. If you have not yet adjusted to the mile-high altitude of Ketchum, prepare to be fairly winded throughout this walk.

Taylor Davies
83 Saves

Hike to Hyndman Peak

Idaho / Hyndman Creek Trail

At 12,009 feet, Hyndman Peak is the ninth highest peak in Idaho and the tallest peak in the Pioneer Mountains. The hike to Hyndman Peak will take you up 5,000 feet in elevation over six miles.

Bob Hollywood
78 Saves

Hike to Marshall Ridge

Idaho / Fishhook Creek Trailhead

Start your hike at the Fishhook Creek Trailhead by Redfish Lake. Park in the dirt parking lot across the street. Follow the trail (mostly flat) a few hundred feet to the first fork.

Mountain Bike to the Petroglyphs at Wees Bar

Idaho / Swan Falls Dam Parking Lot

At Wees Bar, a remote area accessible only by bike or foot, explore hundreds of petroglyphs carved into glacial boulders by Native Americans 12,000 years ago.

Sara Sheehy
70 Saves

Hike to Baker Lake

Idaho / Baker Lake Trailhead, Ketchum

From Baker Creek trailhead, head up the trail as it winds through pine forest and mountain meadows (if you time it right, this hike is ideal for seeing all kinds of wildflowers!).

Amanda Solomon
70 Saves

Hike through Draper Preserve

Idaho / Draper Preserve Parking Lot

Draper Preserve is a family friendly, dog friendly, photograph friendly hike accessible from the center of Hailey.

Sara Sheehy
68 Saves

Hike the Oolite Interpretive Trail

Idaho / Oolite Interpretive Trail

The two to three car parking area is situated at about and elevation of 3000 feet. Situated 200 feet up the interpretive trail stand the oolite rock structures.

Garren Moore
63 Saves

Hike the Mickinnick Trail

Idaho / Mckinnick Trailhead

The trailhead for this hike starts in a city park, so if you have dogs, they'll need to be on leash to start out.

Liz Schroeder
63 Saves

Hike to Big Fall Creek Falls

Idaho / Big Fall Creek Falls Trailhead and Camping

Access the trailhead for Big Fall Creek Falls via Trail Creek Road. From Sun Valley the road is typically passable for sedans but is prone to producing flat tires.

Sara Sheehy
61 Saves

Hike Along Silver Creek

Idaho / Silver Creek Visitor Center

From the intersection of Highways 75 and 20 drive east on Highway 20 for 7.3 miles. Turn right onto Kilpatrick Bridge Road and drive another 1.5 miles to the Silver Creek Preserve Visitor Center.

Sara Sheehy
60 Saves

Backpack to Born Lakes

Idaho / 4th of July Lake Trailhead

Due to it's higher-than-average starting point, many backpackers use this trailhead to access the remote parts of the Boulder-White Cloud wilderness.

Garren Moore
59 Saves

Hike the Inferno Cone

Idaho / Inferno Cone Trailhead

To reach the parking lot at the Inferno Cone Trailhead enter the Craters of the Moon National Monument at the main entrance on the north side of the park off US Highway 26 and go approximately 1.

Josiah Roe
53 Saves

Hike to Upper Hazard Lake via Hard Creek

Idaho / Hard Creek Trailhead

Trail 169 starts out of a small campground off Hazard Lake road. To get to the trailhead, you leave paved roads for about 15 miles of travel on a gravel road, fit for any vehicle - no worries Prius.

Garren Moore
52 Saves

Hike to Sheep Lake

Idaho / Seven Devils Campground

DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD: From US 95 just south of Riggins, turn west (left if northbound from Boise/McCall, right if southbound from Grangeville) onto the signed Seven Devils Road (FR 517).

Benjamin Gaunt
51 Saves

Hike Carbonate Mountain

Idaho / Carbonate Trailhead

Starting at 5,315ft elevation and ascending to 6,585ft, this short hike is a great way to see and experience Hailey, Idaho.

Ben Figueiredo
51 Saves

Hike Eagle Loop

Idaho / Eagle Loop Trailhead

This is a well-maintained trail that's fairly easy.

Amanda Solomon
49 Saves

Explore Big Springs and Johnny Sack's Cabin

Idaho / Big Springs Trailhead

Big Springs is the headwaters of the Henry's Fork of the Snake River.

Sara Sheehy
46 Saves

Hike to Lower Cedar Springs

Idaho / Lower Cedar Springs Trailhead

This is one of the easiest, yet scenically rewarding, hikes in the Lost River Range. Traveling only 1.2 miles (3.4 miles round trip) with an elevation gain of about 200 ft.

Bob Hollywood
45 Saves

Climb Mt. Breitenbach

Idaho / Mount Breitenbach Trailhead

Directions to the "trailhead": From Mackay, Idaho take Highway 93, approximately 2 miles past Mackay reservoir, turn right on Upper Cedar Creek road (FS rd 127).

Bob Hollywood
42 Saves

Hike the Pioneer Cabin Loop

Idaho / Pioneer Cabin Trailhead

The hike to Pioneer Cabin is a Sun Valley classic, combining incredible mountain views with fields of wildflowers and a steady climb. Begin the hike at the Pioneer Cabin Trailhead.

Sara Sheehy
42 Saves

Backpack to Pioneer Yurt

Idaho / Hyndman Creek Trail

This trek starts about 25 minutes from Ketchum, Idaho at the Hyndman Creek Trailhead. As a general rule of thumb, Sun Valley is a great place to be in the fall, and this adventure is no different.

Dusty Klein
41 Saves

Mountain Bike at Corral Creek

Idaho / Trail Creek Trailhead

Park at the Trail Creek trailhead 2.5 miles north of Sun Valley. Pedal north and cross a wooden bridge over Trail Creek. Climb onto the bench and bike straight across toward the burned trees.

Sara Sheehy
40 Saves

Hike the River Trail and Ranch Loop at Harriman State Park

Idaho / Harriman State Park Trailhead

Located at 6,100 feet above sea level, Harriman State Park (also called "the Ranch") is renown for it's fly fishing along the Henry's Fork.

Sara Sheehy
40 Saves

Hike to Corbus Lake and Bald Mountain

Idaho / Corbus Lake Trailhead

Soon after driving past James Creek Summit while heading towards Atlanta, a sign with 'Corbus Lake' written on it should appear on the uphill side of the road.

Keaton Poe
38 Saves

Hike Mount McCaleb

Idaho / West Ridge Mount McCaleb

Mt. McCaleb's beautiful south face towers over the little town of Mackay, Idaho. The domineering peak is seen from US-93 just waiting to be climbed.

Bob Hollywood
38 Saves

Hike to Prairie and Miner Lakes

Idaho / Prairie Creek Trailhead

The 7200' trailhead is suitable for any vehicle to arrival. In fact, this trail head may be the most suitable that I've seen in Idaho, with only a few miles on a gravel road.

Garren Moore
36 Saves

Hike to the Shay Trestle

Idaho / Shay Switchback Parking

Mine Hill Tour is a self-guided driving tour focused on Mackay's mining history. Stops showcase artifacts of the once-vibrant towns that housed miners and their families.

Sara Sheehy
33 Saves

Backpack to Through Surprise Valley to Lake 10148

Idaho / Fall Creek Trailhead

I have a hard time getting the word "legendary" out of my mind when referencing this hike. I liked it that much.

Garren Moore
33 Saves

Hike from Stanley Lake to Bridalveil Falls

Idaho / Stanley Lake Trailhead

Bridalveil Falls [Video] The hike to the falls begins near Stanley Lake in a clearly marked trailhead parking lot (GPS coordinates below).

Eric Harris
31 Saves

Hike Mt. Jefferson and Lake Marie

Idaho / Sawtell Trailhead

This out-and-back hike to the highest point in the Centennial mountains of Idaho and Montana skirts the continental divide and provides stunning views of both states.  From U.S.

Justin Appleby
30 Saves

Hike the Tree Molds Trail

Idaho / Tree Molds Trailhead

The trail starts at the parking lot with bathrooms, bike rack and picnic table at the trailhead. Trailhead coordinates (43°25'40.5"N 113°32'55.

Torin Glass
23 Saves

Bike the Loop Road at Craters of the Moon National Monument

Idaho / Craters of the Moon Visitor Center Parking

Biking Crater of the Moon National Monument's seven mile loop road provides an intimate experience through a wild landscape. Park at the Visitor's Center.

Sara Sheehy
21 Saves

Hike to Packsaddle Lake

Idaho / Packsaddle Lake Trailhead

Directions to the lake: To get here, head North on Highway 20 as if you’re heading to St. Anthony. Then, take exit 339 towards Driggs on ID-33 E. Turn right onto 9th N for .5 miles.

Josh Packer
19 Saves

Whitewater Raft the Selway River

Idaho / Paradise Campground

The Selway is one of the original eight Wild and Scenic Rivers designated in 1968.

John Sunich
14 Saves

Hike Sherman Creek Trail #203

Idaho / Sherman Creek Trail #203

It's always (for me anyway) a good sign when the parking area at a trailhead is devoid of any other vehicles.

Mark Nelson
10 Saves

Raft the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Idaho / Boundary Creek Campground and Raft Launch

If you're looking for an all-around start-to-finish epic adventure, rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River arguably checks off more boxes than any other trip in the world.

Dusty Klein
1 Saves