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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Hike to Norton Lakes

    5.0
    5 mi / 1400 ft gain
    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). Although this trail packs on the elevation quickly, you're rewarded after just 2.1 miles with a view of beautif...
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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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  • McCall, Idaho

    Hike to Loon Lake

    4.8
    10 mi / 3355 ft gain
    This pretty simple hike is just outside of Burgdorf, though it is fun enough that my friends and I hike it every year. The trailhead starts out at Chinook Campground where there is free parking if you are making the hike; you can also camp there for a small fee. There are two trails you can take ...
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  • Naples, Idaho

    Roman Nose High Mountain Lakes

    5.0
    4 mi / 604 ft gain
    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). You will continue on a dirt road for nearly 20 miles, however, don't let this halt your journey, the drive is incredi...
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  • Irwin, Idaho

    Hike along Palisades Creek

    5.0
    2 mi / 1827 ft gain
    The Palisades Creek Nature Trail is a fun little hike with many photographic opportunities. You can make the hike as short or long as you want, so once you're done taking photos, turn back around and head to your vehicle. The trail does eventually lead to Lower and Upper Palisades Lake, but this ...
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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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  • Pollock, Idaho

    Hike to Upper Hazard Lake via Hard Creek

    5.0
    4.8 mi / 500 ft gain
    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. The campground seems like a suspiciously unofficial campground (nothing wrong with that) but also ...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Hike to Baker Lake

    5.0
    2.5 mi / 900 ft gain
    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!). Some sections can be steep, but nothing small children shouldn't be able to handle. The lake itself is a good place t...
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  • Irwin, Idaho

    Scenic Autumn Drive around Palisades Reservoir

    5.0
    If you're heading to Grand Teton National Park from Idaho Falls and are looking to take the most scenic route, make sure to take US 26 E through Palisades Reservoir. The fall colors light up the mountain sides for 20 miles as you drive along the windy road. There are multiple pull offs to capture...
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  • Murphy, Idaho

    Mountain Bike to the Petroglyphs at Wees Bar

    2.0
    12.2 mi / 1000 ft gain
    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. Begin at the Swan Falls Dam parking lot. Bring a fat bike in late summer and fall to glide over the dry, loose dirt that forms as the cany...
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  • Bellevue, Idaho

    Hike Along Silver Creek

    3 mi
    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.Stop at the Visitor's Center to take in the desert landscape and snap a few pictures. Exit on the far ...
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  • Cascade, Idaho

    Raft the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

    5.0
    100 mi / -3294 ft gain
    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. This adventure of a lifetime can be enjoyed two different ways: privately and commercially. We've been lucky enough to d...
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  • Ketchum, Idaho

    Hike to Prairie and Miner Lakes

    4.0
    10 mi / 1975 ft gain
    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.See this detailed Caltopo map for a better understanding of this route.This trail isn't an exact loop, but rather more of a...
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  • Island Park, Idaho

    Hike the River Trail and Ranch Loop at Harriman State Park

    3 mi / 20 ft gain
    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. Whether you bring a fly rod or not, this scenic loop through the park is a delight for hikers of all abilities.Make a stop at park headquarters to pay the en...
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  • Salmon, Idaho

    Backpack the Bighorn Crags

    22 mi
    The Bighorn Crags are a fantastic grouping of granite peaks and alpine lakes in central Idaho. They are also the crown jewel of the huge Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness, which is the largest contiguous wilderness in the lower 48. The area is almost a secret because of the time it tak...
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  • Mountain Home, Idaho

    Relax at Big and Little Trinity Lakes

    6 mi / 300 ft gain
    Because of the altitude of the this lake, the road to it doesn't open up until mid to late July. You can still get to the lake, but it is a 6 mi round trip hike down a dusty dirt road. It gets old. When the road is open, you can drive right up to the lake.  To get there, right before the town of ...
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