10 Idaho Lakes to Backpack to This Summer

Idaho, United States

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Summer will be here before you know it so start planning now!

Is anybody else already dreaming of long summer days spent in the mountains? Does the thought of lizarding on a sun-baked rock next to an alpine lake bring tears of joy to your eyes? We know how you feel. Not only that, but we've done you a favor and compiled a list of some of the most idyllic mountain lakes that you can find in Idaho. Get your gear ready, prepare your legs for the haul, and pick a few of your favorites from our list. Summer is always one of the busiest season of the year, so if you want to make those lakeside camping dreams a reality, make your plans to explore Idaho's trails now!

1. Backpack through Surprise Valley to Lake 10148


Photo: Garren Moore

2. Backpack to Born Lakes


Photo: Garren Moore

3. Backpack to Alice Lake


Photo: Dusty Klein

4. Backpack the Alice Toxaway Loop


Photo: Matt Huber

5. Backpack to Cramer Lakes


Photo: Amanda Solomon

6. Backpack to Imogene Lake


Photo: Mike Sanders

7. Backpack to Saddleback Lakes


Photo: Fudo Jahic

8. Backpack to Sawtooth Lake


Photo: Dusty Klein

9. Backpack to Trail Creek Lakes


Photo: Dusty Klein

10. Backpack to Marten and Kelly Lakes


Photo: Garren Moore

Check out Visit Idaho for more amazing summer adventures across the state.

Cover photo: Garren Moore

Published: March 29, 2018

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