Best Trails in Idaho

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on Green Monarch Ridge Trail
2 days ago

Directions to trailhead incorrect on alltrails. Take Road 278 for 7 miles then take the right fork to follow 278, takes you to a spot for parking and the trail head. More info on Forest Service website search Green Monarchs Trial #69

on Pine Flats Hot Spring
2 days ago

hiking

Easy downhill to the river followed by about 50 feet of minor wading around the corner to the hot spring. About 10 feet past the hot spring, you can climb up and get about a six foot jump into the river. The hot/cold contrast is perfect any day.

on Boulder Lake Trail
2 days ago

hiking

Took this as an easier first jump to the more strenuous uphill past Boulder Lake to Anderson Lake. Trail starts easy then gets moderate with switchbacks before leveling at the dam. Ample camping around east end of lake, plenty of water sources for filtering water.

Option: Continue up the trail north of the lake to Anderson Lake. Uphill followed by a downhill to the lake. Decent fishing and swimming as well as jumping on the far side of Anderson.

on Minnetonka Cave
2 days ago

nature trips

Very cool cave, had lots of stairs, & and the temperature was 40 degrees, which wasn't too bad if you have a sweater. We took our 2, 8 year old kids and our 3 month old baby boy no problem. The stairs inside have rails so going up and down does have some support. It's worth going if your around the area.

on Blossom Lakes Trail
2 days ago

hiking

Great hike. I would recommend hitting Upper Blossom and Pear while you are there. The hike from Blossom up is pretty easy and the lakes are great. This is my 6th visit to Blossom this season. Great hike. I would rate it as a moderate trial, as the grade is challenging at times.

on Mineral Ridge National Re...
2 days ago

Beautiful views
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on Jump Creek Falls Trail
2 days ago

hiking

it's a very short or run great View nice to walk but the drive to get there might not be worth it again

on Revett Lake
4 days ago

backpacking

Easy day hike, or overnight trip for beginners. Pretty lake with excellent views.

on Stevens Lakes
4 days ago

backpacking

4 miles of steady incline going in. Do-able but definitely took breaks to catch our breath. It was a busy weekend so we hiked up to Upper Stevens. Only a short hike farther and only one other party camping out. Would recommend and definitely doing it again!

on Blue Lake Trail
5 days ago

excellent view and great for all ages!!

on Cress Creek Trail
5 days ago

My wife and I went all the way up to the end of the trail and it took about an hour to an hour and a half. Amazing views from the top.

on 4th of July Lake
5 days ago

hiking

Great little hike- steepest at the end. There is a lot of burned forest before you get there but don't be discouraged. The forest is still B-E-A-U-TIFUL and the little lake is clear and breath taking.

on Upper Palisades Lake Trai...
5 days ago

hiking

Definitely a hike you want to do in conjunction with hiking. The Upper was fantastic, but prepare to spend most of the day hiking if you plan on doing this in one day.

on Goose Creek Falls
5 days ago

Good trail well maintained.

on Elk Mountain Trail
5 days ago

mountain biking

Best short ride while in sun valley. Bit of a road climb to start but well worth it once you get on to the single track. Fantastic scenery and nothing too technical other than some rocks at the top.

on Bottleneck Lake and Snow ...
5 days ago

hiking

Great hike. Trailhead sign doesn't have much information on the actual trails. It felt like it was about 1.5 miles to the fork and the first sign saying the mileage. To the left is Snow Lake - 3 miles one way. The trail to Snow lake is a steady climb with huckleberries around the last 1 mile or so, just ripe this time of year. A pack mule train from the US Forest Service passed us just before the lake. They had been up on the trail and lake doing some trail maintenance and they did a great job! The lake was beautiful, with serval fish jumping. We came across 2 nice camp sites, there could be more, we didn't explore too much around the lake.

We were wanting to hike up the ridge to the west for some spectacular views and then descend down to Bottleneck Lake. When we tried to find a trail up, we were unsuccessful and it only seemed like you could bushwhack your way up. Being around 80 degrees and wearing shorts we were not excited to make a trail of our own. We headed back down the trail, then at the fork with the mileage sign, we took a right and went up to Bottleneck Lake 1.75 miles away. The trail is a little more of a climb then Snow Lake was. Along the way, we made more frequent stops for the huge Huckleberries! Shortly after we made it to the lake. There were fish jumping and we came across 1-2 camp sites. We looked for a way up to the ridge, but it looked hairy with no trail to follow and a lot of overgrowth. Bottleneck Peak was overlooking the lake. Hike out was nice because it was all downhill. Saw signs of a bear clawing at the mud on the trail. Saw some osprey flying around both lakes but no other sightings of wildlife. Both trails crossed several small creeks, great for dogs to get a drink and cool off. We did a total of 12.5 miles seeing both lakes. The description here says 7 miles out and back. This is roughly true for just going to Bottleneck Lake and back.


All and all, it was a nice hike! Wish we had more information on getting up to the ridge line. Will be back to try again in the future!

on Grand Sawtooths Loop
5 days ago

backpacking

So many lakes to see!!!
Just make sure that time is not of the essence for this loop. Had 4 days to finish this loop so it was very hard to enjoy what Sawtooth had to offer.
Sawtooth Lake was by far my favorite lake - the initial view from the top if you're hiking from Grandjean is phenomenal.
The Cramer lakes are another great spot to definitely spend some time. Just simply beautiful.
Most of the lakes after Edna look pretty much the same, incredibly, but same.
Hiking back to the Grandjean from Elk Lake was very stale. Approximately 13 miles from Elk lake back to Grandjean and not much to see...
I recorded 65+ miles than the 63 that was posted so keep in mind you may be doing an extra 5-8 miles.
Ultimately, I would not do this hike again. I saw what needed to be seen. I loved every second of it, and wished I had more than 4 days to do it but this is life.