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    • Mackay, Idaho

      Climb Mount Borah

      4.8
      7.5 mi / 5200 ft gain
      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." This behemoth is part of the Lost River Range in the central part of the state. The strongest earthquake in Idaho occurred along the fault line in 1983 and r...
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    • Stanley, Idaho

      Hike to 4th of July Lake

      3.6 mi / 900 ft gain
      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. 4 Wheel drive and a spare tire are advised, I got a flat. The drive in through old burned forest area is a cool drive on its own. At the end ...
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    • Stanley, Idaho

      Born Lakes via 4th of July Lake Trailhead

      4.0
      8.17 mi / 1736 ft gain
      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. The trailhead for this hike, nestled at 8850', is readily accessible by Prius and Jeep alike as the gravel road is well maintained, notwithstanding...
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    • Mackay, Idaho

      Rock Climb Trail Creek Road

      3.0
      This local gem is still in the works, as at the time of writing this there are only 5 TR routes and 1 sport route however the views are absolutely epic from the climbing area. The place doesn't exist in climbing books and we have the Elephant Perch mountain store to thank for the discovery.  Plus...
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    • Mackay, Idaho

      Hike to Big Fall Creek Falls

      0.5 mi / 200 ft gain
      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. The parking area doubles as dispersed, free camping.Start the hike by crossing the creek on the log bridge. With the creek on your ri...
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    • Stanley, Idaho

      Ski to Redfish Lake

      5.0
      4 mi / 200 ft gain
      Park in the turnout west of Redfish Lake Road on Highway 75. The turnout is plowed to fit 10 to 15 cars.Walk over the bridge and turn right onto Redfish Lake Road. You will likely see tracks as it's a good access spot for backcountry skiers. The trail follows the road and is easy to navigate.Pass...
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    • Stanley, Idaho

      Valley Creek Hot Springs

      5.0
      0.1 mi
      Valley Creek Hot Springs is a short drive off of the main highway (75), you'll travel along a dirt/gravel road. You'll exit at the Stanley Museum and follow the dirt road for about .4 miles. There will be a dirt parking lot on your left.  Walk across the foot bridge and stay left once on the othe...
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    • Stanley, Idaho

      Fly Fish at Valley Creek

      Set against the beautiful backdrop of Sawtooth Wildwerness, there are endless opportunities and spots to cast off. Valley Creek, a tributary of the famous Salmon River, snakes it’s way through the land just outside of the town of Stanley. It offers jaw-dropping views in all directions, and a team...
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    • Mackay, Idaho

      Backpack through Surprise Valley to Lake 10148

      4.0
      13 mi / 2900 ft gain
      I have a hard time getting the word "legendary" out of my mind when referencing this hike. I liked it that much. The trailhead begins at 7200'; be prepared to drive 20 miles on a maintained gravel road to get there. The first 3 miles of this out-and-back hike are pretty flat, meandering through ...
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    • Stanley, Idaho

      Photograph the Sawtooth Mountains

      4.9
      The Sawtooths are best enjoyed from within them; hundreds of trails lead through the wilderness to amazing alpine lakes and to the top of mountain peaks. That's not the only way you can capture the magic, however. Here are three consecutive spots in or close to Stanley (the "Gateway to the Sawtoo...
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    • Stanley, Idaho

      Raft Down the Salmon River

      There’s a very good reason why Idaho has been dubbed “The Whitewater State.” Stanley is located on the banks of headwaters from the famous Salmon River, and is a starting point for world-class rafting adventures that draws people from around the world. There is no better way to fully immerse your...
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    • Lowman, Idaho

      Marshall Ridge via Fishhook Creek Trailhead

      2.74 mi / 623 ft gain
      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. Here, continue straight to Fishhook Creek. After another short bit on the fairly flat trail, which leads through a ...
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    • Lowman, Idaho

      Bench Lakes Trail

      3.5
      8.01 mi / 1217 ft gain
      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. Park in the dirt parking lot across from the Fishhook Creek Trailhead near Redfish Lake.  Shortly after the start of the trail you wi...
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    • Lowman, Idaho

      Thompson Peak Trail

      4.0
      12.59 mi / 3976 ft gain
      The Sawtooths are known for its craggy shapes protruding from central Idaho. Although the hike to Thompson Peak isn't necessarily a rare or tremendously physical feat, it's a proud, boastful moment bagging the tallest peak in the range. Here's the scoop: To reach Redfish Trailhead, head south of...
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    • Stanley, Idaho

      Fishhook Creek Trail

      5.0
      4.5 mi / 233 ft gain
      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. The right trail will take you straight to the Fishhook Creek Trailhead, while the left trail will g...
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    • Stanley, Idaho

      Camp at Redfish Lake

      4.5
      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. The lake is known for its historic Sockeye Salmon runs. The lake is very close to Stanley Idaho and leads into the salmon river....
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    Camping and Lodging in Custer County

    Bonanza Ccc Group Campground
    Stanley, Idaho

    Bonanza Ccc Group Campground

    Sunny Gulch Campground
    Stanley, Idaho

    Sunny Gulch Campground

    Glacier View Campground
    Lowman, Idaho

    Glacier View Campground

    Outlet Campground
    Lowman, Idaho

    Outlet Campground

    Redfish Cabin
    Redfish Lake Road

    Redfish Cabin

    North Shore Picnic Area
    Lowman, Idaho

    North Shore Picnic Area

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Custer County

    Stanley, Idaho Belongs on Your Summer Bucket List

    Stanley, Idaho Belongs on Your Summer Bucket List

    The Outbound Collective

    5 Idaho Adventures Perfect for Spending the Holidays Outside

    5 Idaho Adventures Perfect for Spending the Holidays Outside

    The Outbound Collective

    8 Idaho Waterfalls to Explore When the Snow Melts

    8 Idaho Waterfalls to Explore When the Snow Melts

    The Outbound Collective

    5 Winter Adventures In Idaho You Need To Do Before The Snow Melts

    5 Winter Adventures In Idaho You Need To Do Before The Snow Melts

    Dusty Klein

    10 Idaho Lakes to Backpack to This Summer

    10 Idaho Lakes to Backpack to This Summer

    The Outbound Collective

    10 Photos to Inspire You to Raft Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River

    10 Photos to Inspire You to Raft Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River

    The Outbound Collective