Best Backpacking in Idaho

Looking for the best backpacking 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 incredible Outbound community.

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  • Backpack to Sawtooth Lake

    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 yo...

    10 miles

  • Hike & Soak in Goldbug Hot Springs

    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 trai...

    4 miles 1350 ft gain

  • Backpack to Alice Lake

    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 t...

    11.2 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Hike Redfish Lake to Alpine Lake

    Just south of the beautiful town of Stanley, Idaho lays one of coolest lakes in the region: Redfish Lake. Redfish is a banana shaped lake that boasts some of the most epic camping spots in all of Idaho. Using this area as home base, there's countl...

    11.4 miles 1800 ft gain

  • Camp at Blue Lake

    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 s...

  • Backpack to Saddleback Lakes

    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. The boat ride is approximately 7 minutes each way.Once across the lake at its sou...

    6.8 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike to Jennie Lake

    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 breez...

  • Backpack to Marten and Kelly Lakes

    The Sawtooth mountain range consists of hundreds, maybe thousands, of small, crystal clear lakes. Because of the sheer number of lakes, there are many destinations where the foot traffic is considerably low. Most weekend packers will stick to the ...

    10 miles

  • Backpack to Cramer Lakes

    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. From there, you'll progress along the valley floor, following the Redfish Lake Inlet as towering Sawtooths...

    15 miles 1900 ft gain

  • Backpack the Alice Toxaway Loop

    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.  This trip report will outline our Aug 2016 trip and also give multiple options for you to use your own imagination wh...

    25.17 miles 2300 ft gain

  • Backpack to Imogene Lake

    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. When you park at the lower, you will be trekki...

    13 miles 1700 ft gain

  • Backpack to Trail Creek Lakes

    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. A short trek on a dirt road, smooth for even Prius standards, off the highway is the gateway to moun...

    11 miles 2900 ft gain