Explore the most popular birding trails in Idaho with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

5.3 miles is actually pretty accurate. I did this as a side trip on the way back down from Fossil Mountain and my roundtrip was just over 10 miles. I measured using a GPS watch Suunto Ambit3 Peak. Great trail, did it on a monday and still ran into well over 20 groups of people on the way out.

Breathtaking scenery, easy trail. Not a lot of shade. Glacier lake at the end with a rope swing if you dare!

This was a great hike with nice views. We ran out of water on the way up but refilled our bottles from the falls at the top. Only giving 4 stars because we went too early in order to access the caves (too much snow at the top - June 10th, 2018)

Hiked it in June 26, 2018. Still some snow in the trail, but the views were spectacular! This will be a once a year hike for us.

Really easy, nice trail for both hiking and trail running.

backpacking
16 hours ago

The first 6 Miles were not bad but the last mile and a half to the hot springs had me wishing for death! You gain about 1000 feet in elevation in under a mile. I would suggest making it in two separate stints. Do the 6 Miles in and camp at the base of the mountain one night and do the steep portion the next morning. It’s nice because you follow the creek the whole time, make sure to bring a water filter.

Beautiful trail that gives you a great sense of what the Sawtooths are all about. I'm an experienced hiker but this was my husband's first alpine lake hike. We both thought it was a moderate workout, but very easy and enjoyable. The elevation gain is at the very beginning of the trail and then again once you get near the lake. The middle of the trail levels out, where you will find lush scenes of Hell Roaring Creek and lots of tall trees for shade along the way.

Pros: exquisite scenery the whole way, easily accessible trailhead, great hike for beginners, iconic Sawtooth imagery.

Cons: limited trailhead parking, very dusty trail, lots of horse poop on the trail (we didn't mind, easy to step over. We dubbed them "trail brownies" and "Sawtooth Surprises".

good hike, the trail is narrow so watch for bikers before going around corners.

gorgeous hike!

This was a wonderful hike and a beautiful lake. I think the other reviewers who wrote about the uphill climbs went in from the Tin Cup trailhead by the campground of Pettit.

If you use the trailhead from this app is is a very easy hike that matches the elevation gain of the post. I wouldn't classify this exact hike as a loop because the other side of it is a road. I also wouldn't classify this side of it as Moderate. It is very easy and would be great for children or beginners.

If you access Yellow Belly from the Tin Cup trailhead it has much more of a climb (900 ish feet elevation gain) and would be more like a moderate-ish hike.

Hiked to goat lake with my wife and kids 11 and 13 yrs old. This was an excellent hike that challenged each of us. We were rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and crystal clear goat lake. The trail up had a moderate slope for much of the way except for the last mile or so which was fairly steep and loaded with gravely rock. Picking a path across this section was difficult even following some other AllTrails reviews. Definitely not a hike for the faint of heart as there were a number traverses with steep falloffs to the side of the trail.. Once at the lake my son jumped in for a nice cool off and I caught some trout on dry flies. All in all, a really great day.

hiking
17 hours ago

Beautiful views! Very dusty, and a lot of bees. There are a couple places where the trail splits, but just stayed on the widest trail and made it to the top no problem. The trail is basically all uphill, but not too steep.

Gorgeous trail!!! One of my favorites. Blankets of wildflowers and lush greenery in July.

hiking
19 hours ago

Great trail, well kept, cool amongst the trees, great views of the big lake. Downhill all the way in, uphill all the way out. Pretty quick hike, we were done by mid morning

good fishing

Great Hike, smoky this time of year, definitely a decent uphill grade almost all the way in. Be sure you take the last 1/4 mile up the riprap to the summit to the old lookout location for the best views. Too bad we haven’t had much moisture the past month, the huckleberry bushes are extensive but the berries never grew enough.

I did this in one day and really better to do as a backpack. It kicked my butt. I thought the views amazing and coming in from Baron made it easier. Some of the trails are really overgrown or trees in the way.

I had such an amazing afternoon at Pine Flats Hot Springs. I first walk the upper trail and found a perfect little pool. The view of the river was stunning and I relaxed in the warm water for a time. Then I ventured down the trail and walked through the river, holding against the rocks. The river current was strong in some areas and this was a little tricky and COLD! Once around the rock wall, I passed through a small portion of river again and on the other side found three lovely pools. The top pool had a small warm waterfall and was lovely. On my way back I climbed up some rocks (I still can't believe that I did that, a bit dangerous and higher than I thought. I shouldn't have looked behind me.) instead of walking through the river. On the way down from the rocks there was another pool! Amazing! A fun adventure!

Well maintained trail with great views.
I wish people wouldn’t cut the switchbacks though, sad!

hiking
2 days ago

Only a third of this trail is a hiking trail; the rest is a ATV trail/road. This means you’re sharing space and dust with trucks and buggies. It’s a steep up with some good views of granite cliffs. The lake is pretty and gives this another star but it’s man-made and warm so muddy. BOULDER LAKE ROAD IS CLOSED BEFORE YOU REACH THE TRAIL HEAD. YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE A MORE CIRCUITOUS ROUTE THAN GOOGLE MAPS OUT. On the AllTrails app these roads are marked as Jeep trails. They’re a bit rutted but okay. Use the satellite map to see what is truly roads. When at the bottom of the hill the trailhead is to the right.

Beautiful hike. Lots of shade. Bring a jacket for the cave

Did this hike last weekend with my wife and kids(10,8,6, and 3). The hike was a little much for my kids but we made it there and back. Lake was warm enough to go swimming.

One of my all time favorite places in the Sawtooths. This hike is tough and steep but with amazing and rewarding views. The trail is not the easiest to find or follow, it is not marked. Head across the river at flat rock junction (enjoy some time sliding down the rocks here too) before finding the trail to the north.

nature trips
3 days ago

Only a mile from u.s. border!

nature trips
3 days ago

Beautiful pools and rock. Trail is shaded. Worth the drive. Turn at the bridge closed sign near the refuge

nature trips
3 days ago

The pools are very well developed. Someone had moved rocks which kept the pools cool unfortunately. Was verbally accosted by a curmudgeon with 3 dogs. He had issue with my making hot cocoa before we hiked up. Self-appointed authority... Busy, even on a Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

We read a lot of reviews and guides for this hike before leaving because everything was so conflicting. The last mile of the hike is definitely the most difficult part. There's a good section of steep gravel leading up to the first waterfall overlook. When you get to the rock wall on your right if you continue walking the base of the wall you will find the more staircase type section that is easier to go up, and that will be the start of the steepest part of the hike. Once you get to the waterfall overlook it is easy to miss the easier trail leading through the woods, so on the way up we went through the rock field. You can definitely avoid this by trying to stay as far to the left following up the waterfall and then you will find a beaver dam to cross above the falls. In that section there are a few times that it will look like the trail has ended but it hasn't, just keep pushing along and there are multiple different ways through the trees. Once you get to the falls you are pretty close so if you've made it that far, keep pushing on because it's definitely worth making that last little climb.

We went on a weekend and backpacked in, there were definitely a good amount of people camping up there so it was a bit "crowded" but mainly because there are only about 5-7 different spots along the lake to set up camp. We tried following the path along the lake to get our own private area but encountered others along the way that said they didn't see anywhere to set up down on the SE corner of the lake. By that time our packs were heavy so we headed back to the main area and grabbed a spot on higher ground which was still really great.

A few people were fishing and we saw some small trout in the lake. We got in for a swim and some guys were jumping off one of the higher rock areas but the water was quite cold as to be expected.

Great get away, my little corgi like dog made the hike and loved it, but he is like a little mountain goat. There were a couple areas on the trail up at the top, following the lake where we had to pass him because his short little legs couldn't make the jump, but the rest of the way up he made it up on his own. I was a little wary of bringing him because of some things that I read, but he is spry and good at climbing so he did well. Bigger dogs that love hiking should do just fine, and little dogs that love hiking might need a hand here and there but can make it as long as they are tough.

As everyone has said, the first two miles are hiked along a fairly narrow ridge with some challenging terrain. Afterwards the trail becomes well groomed for easy cruising. The dense

Loved this hike. Done it a couple times now, always love to see God’s creations! :)

Pretty awesome little drive up with a slight walk on a pathway. Easy peasy, no effort... but what a view!! Great to stretch the legs and there’s a beautiful park to let the dogs run, family picnic, etc.

Load More