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On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States! It will be the first solar eclipse to traverse coast to coast in nearly a century and the first to occur solely in the United States since the country was founded! To celebrate this epic event, The AllTrails Team has created a list of Idaho’s top-notch eclipse-viewing spots! Imagine watching twilight fall on the Sawtooth Mountains at 11:30 AM. Or picture yourself sitting atop Bald Mountain, 9150 feet up, amid the strange glow of daytime darkness. Idaho is worth a trip anytime, but demands a visit on August 21st as it is in the solar eclipse’s path of totality. Despite the possible clouds, it will be difficult for the skilled-photographer to resist venturing into the wilderness to capture the lunar shadow climb across the jagged Sawtooth Mountain range. For those who prioritize clear skies, The Snake River Valley seems to be the prime location for a cloud-free view. Click 'View Full Map' below to filter by activity type, rating, difficulty, length, etc and find your perfect solar eclipse hike or campout! And of course, don't forget to share your adventure with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #alltrails Happy Adventuring!

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Power Johnson
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Hiking

Always a great hike. Beautiful weather. The trail was in great condition. Moderately hiked by other people but not overcrowded. I have snowshoed this trail many times, it was nice to do it in summer.

Jim Low
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HikingRockySnow

This was the most fascinating and memorable of our three late-June hikes in the Sawtooth Mts. We, like a few others, almost made the mistake of turning around at the “pond” - a pretty, little lake before you get to a larger, far more impressive one. The main Sawtooth was quite spectacular for its size and surrounding peaks. Lots of snow at the top and the lakes were partially covered in ice. We decided not to traverse the boulder field to additional lakes and views beyond. A challenging and rewarding hike that includes Alpine Lake en route. We’d like to revisit in the fall. Highly recommended.

Marzi Daoust
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Hiking

Perfect moderate trail — not too hard, not too easy — my husband is super athletic but I’m not so it’s was perfect balance in between

Trent Asbury
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HikingGreat!

Amazing hike with a nice gradient and the clarity of the water was exquisite.

Stephanie Fabian
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Hiking

Amazing trail. I hiked it on July 5, and there was snow at Sawtooth Lake but enough people had walked through it already that it was easy to walk over without slipping. It was a bit chilly and windy at the top!

Christopher B
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Did a counter clockwise loop on 7/6/20. Took about 5.5 hours with a mix of running and hiking. So many spectacular views especially on top of the pass overlooking Twin Lakes. Minimal snow and all the water crossings could be avoided if you look for the side trails leading to downed logs.

David Weinglass
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Hiking

One of the most incredible alpine lakes I've ever been to. Must do. Some short packed snow traverses easily navigable though, and the lake still has some floating ice.

Tyler Davidson
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Hiking

Perfect family 5 miler

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Haylee Stangler
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BackpackingBugsSnow

The trails were very well maintained and easy to follow! This was my first solo backpacking trip and it was so amazing! I started out hiking counter clockwise and ended up staying the night at Edith lake, which was very quiet and not to buggy. Then I hiked back to the main trail and stayed at Alice lake the second night. Alice lake is pretty busy with people but the view is indescribable.

Chellsey Latham
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Hiking

Awesome short trek... actually great to run! Views and wildflowers galore. We added about a mile off this route because we were moving fast.

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Grant Breidenbach
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HikingBugs

Trail is in good shape. Still some seasonal mud to watch out. Please rock hop or go through rather than creating social trails. Please also remember LNT principles when camping, this is a very popular loop and needs to be taken care of. Bugs are already out in force! Bring spray.

Sven Klein
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Hiking

My favorite trail in Sun Valley. I hiked at 6:30am and went counter clockwise. The trail is easy/moderate and I didn’t see another person. Absolutely beautiful views of various aspects of The Valley. The trail is in excellent condition. The only issue is that I took a wrong turn in the middle of the hike and ended up on Fox Creek Trail. The hike should have taken 1.5 hours and ended up being 2.5. So be very careful you stay on the proper trail. Enjoy!

Shannon Christensen
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Hiking

Great trail. Very easy to follow. This is a beautiful easy hike.

Julie Dodson
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HikingRocky

Great hike! Definitely moderate trail as it's fairly steep in several sections. Very worth it though. Beautiful all the way up and the lake is gorgeous and peaceful.

Charlie Allfrey
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Hiking

Great trail. The wildflowers have just passed their peak. Plenty of water stops for your dogs. Lots of shade for most of the hike

Stephen Stewart
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Great little hike with beautiful views and easy enough to take kids of almost any age, my 3 year old made it pretty easy...

Rodney Runolfson
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HikingGreat!

Just completed a quick overnight and used one of the campsites on the ledge over looking the lake. Trail was solid the whole way and shaded/partially shaded for a good 60% of the trip. Camp site was clean and quiet...great quick trip!

Liza Qaddourah
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Hiking

This is such a great hike! This time we started on trail to the left..slow and gentle accent! Weather was amazing- a bit overcast - but those views!!

munzer Q.
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Hiking

An amazing hike about 3.5 Miles right in our backyard in Ketchum. The hike climbs to over 7000 feet. If you start clockwise you hit the mountain from the sunny side and end up coming down thru the trees. Either way a very doable and fun hike with plenty of flowers and great views of Sun Valley and Baldy. Enjoy.

Erin B.
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HikingSnow

6/25/20 Fantastic hike! Trail is pretty well marked, little scattered when there was snow towards the end. Wore my trail runners and did just fine. Last half mile or so takes the longest. Great views of the Sawtooths and Alpine Lake along the way.

Chuck Staben
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HikingBugsGreat!

Backpacked the loop counterclockwise, July 1-3. Lots of parking, but lots of cars, at trailhead. 3 or 4 shin-deep stream crossings on way to Alice Lake. No snow, some mud. I had a lovely campsite on a point projecting into lake, near where the trail turns to go towards Twin Lakes. Great aloe glow, very pretty basin. Bugs not too bad here. Switchbacks up to saddle, nice views of Twin Lakes, but not near them. I think these might be more scenic than Alice Lake. Snow right at north side of saddle, but I hugged the rock and felt secure. About 3 patches of 50 yards covering trail near the top. Nice jaunt to Toxaway. I turned right at the Edith Lake sign to a very nice site on a promontory overlooking the lake. Lots of bugs. Good glow in the morning. Several other campers plopped down very near me...said there were not many, and very buggy, sites. Lots of bugs here. Fairly easy walk fro Toxaway back to Petit with one stream crossing, shin deep. Water available most of the way, though not as one gets about 2 miles from Petit and turns into a flatter area.

Fred Taylor
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Hiking

done 27/06. Incredible hike. Starts out ambling along a creek trail (guessing it's iron creek) before ramping up the elevation. About halfway up is this beautiful meadow, but the best views are of alpine lake on your left and the lagged sawtooth peaks on your right as you summit to Sawtooth lake. The top mile or so had snow in some pockets. the gradient is steep so just be sure of your footing (I did it in tennis shoes). Pack plenty of water, sunscreen and bug spray. we're pretty fit and it took us about 4.5 hours all up. well worth it and would do again.

Corey Ginsberg
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Hiking

Beautiful, Green, and a good moderate hike.

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michael spickelmier
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HikingBugsSnow

I took my friend on his first backpacking trip on this trail and I would say it's about as perfect of an intro to backpacking as there is. it's an easy trail to do in a day, if you wanted, and you'll more than likely run into a couple joggers who run the whole loop. it has a number of water crossings and climb over one ridge to get from Twin Lakes to Toxaway. beautiful scenery, places to camp for whatever shelter you choose (we went with hammocks), and plenty of places to get water. ALSO BRING BUG SPRAY lol

Andy Cebulla
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Hiking

Great trail. We hiked this on 6/28. Trail was in good shape, some places where you had to cross over snow at the top but nothing bad at all. Trail starts out pretty easy, a nice walk through woods and at times near a creek. Trail is well maintained and pretty easy at the bottom. Once you get a little higher trails is a little more difficult and steep but the views of the valley are awesome and well worth it. Great views of alpine lake from the trail as well, beautiful greenish lake with water running into it. Sawtooth lake is also beautiful and well worth the 5 miles to get there. There are plenty of great places to stop for a break and good lunch spots near the lake. Awesome hike overall with a great variety of things to see.

Sara de Bretteville
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Hiking

Best hike, you get it all! Views, a moderate climb, wildflowers, the river, and you can bring your pups. 10 min drive from downtown Ketchum and you’re in heaven!

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