When someone in Idaho tells you to take a hike, don’t be offended! Hiking and backpacking are not only fantastic mood-boosters (it’s true — science says so!), but are also some of the best ways to get up close and personal with our beautiful state’s scenic landscape and explore its hidden nooks and crannies. In fact, with over 19,000 miles of trails across the state, you never know what wildlife, edibles, or views you might discover! But no matter which trail you choose, the picturesque views are always well worth the climb.
Today, we’ve chosen nine must-try hikes of varying difficulties and terrains for you to tackle on your next outdoor adventure. Believe me, you won’t regret it!
1. Sawtooth and Alpine Lakes, Stanley
A quaint and cozy town on the banks of the Salmon River, Stanley is well-known for its plethora of adventure and outdoorsman opportunities. This 10-mile can’t-miss trek takes you to two of the Sawtooth’s pristine alpine lakes, and will offer everything you could hope for in a hike.
From the Iron Creek trailhead off of Highway 21, you’ll start in a forest of evergreens. You’ll encounter an open meadow, cross a creek into an alpine basin, climb and meander through switchbacks before opening up to a scenic view of Mt.Regan. The whole trail is simply one of Idaho’s most scenic, with impressive views of the mountains and valley.