Best trails in Idaho

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Trying to find the best Idaho trails? AllTrails has 1,223 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Boise, Stanley or Ketchum, we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Idaho state park trails, check out Lucky Peak State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Tubbs Hill Park near Coeur D Alene or Quarry View Park near Boise. Ready for some activity? There are 670 moderate trails in Idaho ranging from 0.7 to 7168.8 miles and from 734 to 12,221 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Idaho
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#1 - Sawtooth Lake via Iron Creek Stanley Lake Trail
Sawtooth National Forest
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Length: 10.0 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
Hikers call this the quintessential Sawtooth wilderness hike. This route shows the magnificent alpine peak beauty that the Sawtooth Mountains have to offer. Stunning views of the alpine lake can be seen on all sides of the lake. Very popular amongst day hikers, this route may also be done as a backpacking trip. After the small river crossing, hikers will experience rocky steep sections with some exposed elevation gain. While the hike is accessible year-round, during the winter months the trail will likely be covered in snow which requires more gear and skill. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/sawtooth Show more
#2 - Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail
Idaho Panhandle National Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Easy hike with one great viewpoint looking west over the lake. Lots of benches along the way and some educational milestones as well to keep things interesting. It is a one way trail moving counterclockwise so the good viewpoint is almost the last thing you come to before heading down. Mostly shaded so it would probably be a good summer hike as well.Show more
#3 - Tubbs Hill
Tubbs Hill Park
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 48 m
This popular path loops around Tubbs Hill just south of Coeur d'Alene. You can walk from downtown, pass McEuen Park, and get right onto the trail! There's even a beach on the southwestern side of the loop. Take in the views of Harrison Slough, and then loop back to where you started! Although this trail is mostly flat for the first mile, the trail is narrow, dirt and has many obstacles such as rocks and roots. For these reasons, it is not considered wheelchair or stroller accessible, although some users may be able to navigate it with their equipment.Show more
#4 - Table Rock Trail
Quarry View Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
The Table Rock park/viewing area is closed from dusk to dawn everyday to ensure public safety, fire safety, and wildlife safety. Typically a very busy trail used by young and old alike. There are some very steep sections but also other routes to mitigate these. Cell service throughout entire hike. City overlook over the majority of the hike. Main features "the Cross" and "quarry". Little to NO shade, no water, takes an average person about 45mins to 1hr to hike to the top. Hike to the top and return though there are multiple routes you can take up and back.Show more
#5 - Stack Rock Trail
Boise National Forest
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
#6 - Tin Cup Hiker
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
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Length: 17.7 mi • Est. 9 h 16 m
Tin Cup Hiker is an amazing trail through Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Sawtooth Wilderness Area in central Idaho. It offers beautiful natural features at nearly every turn. From craggy sawtooth peaks to numerous alpine lakes - Alice Lake, Twin Lakes, Toxaway Lake and Farley Lake - the trail takes you through dense forests with all manner of animals. Although fast packers may make this loop in a long day, there are enough natural features to keep one entertained for two nights or even three. To get to the trailhead, follow highway 75 south from Stanley, Idaho about 15 miles to the Pettit Lake turnoff on the right. Follow this graveled road, bearing right at the intersection to the Pettit lake campground. Just past the campground is the large parking area for the trailhead. Trailhead pass is required, available at the District Ranger Station 3 miles south of Stanley or at the Sawtooth National Rec Area headquarters in Ketchum. Trailhead has restrooms, pump water and garbage dumpsters. Show more
#7 - Scotchman Peak Trail
Kaniksu National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 5 h 32 m
Scotchman Peak Trail #65: Take Highway 200 to Clark Fork, Idaho then turn north at the Chevron Station onto Main Street. Follow this road past Clark Fork High School, and then around a bend to the right. At the intersection with Lightning Creek Road, set your trip odometer to 0. (Don’t turn here; keep going straight on Mosquito Creek Road.) At 0.6 miles, keep left at the fork. At 2.1 miles, turn right on FR 2295. (There won’t be a sign marking it as FR 2295. It’s marked as such on the map. You’ll know you’re heading into the right neighborhood when you pass the sign telling you you’re entering grizzly bear habitat.) At 3.1 miles, turn left onto FR 2294. (Again, there won’t be a sign marking it as FR 2294. You’ll see a small sign pointing toward Trail 65.) At mile 3.6, turn left on FR 2294A. (And, yet again, there won’t be a sign marking it as FR 2294A) Follow FR 2294A for 2.2 more miles to the end of the road, where you’ll find the trail head.Show more
#8 - Goat Lake and Goat Falls via Iron Creek Trail, Alpine Way Trail
Sawtooth Wilderness Area
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
This hike starts on a well defined trail and ends with a scramble. The entire hike is uphill and the end is the most challenging, but the views along the way and the lake itself are well worth the hard work. Can be done as a day hike, day trip from Sawtooth Lake, or as a backpacking trip. See the tips section for more help!Show more
#9 - Stevens Lakes Trail
Idaho Panhandle National Forest
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
This hike includes areas of traversing over rock slides, making it somewhat technical. The views are worth the effort!Show more
#10 - Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
Salmon National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
This is a short but challenging hike to a beautiful hot springs. The first part of the hike is on private property, so please be quiet and considerate so that the owners will continue to allow access. Microspikes are recommended during winter. There is a restroom and ample parking at the trailhead. The hike begins as a straight uphill climb through sage brush. Bring lots of water and snacks and take your time. After the initial uphill the trail levels out and follows a seasonal creek. The last part of the hike is a very steep uphill to the springs themselves. This part of the hike is challenging and you will want to make sure you have plenty of water. The springs themselves are amazing! There are many different pools, some hot some cold and some with both hot and cold water coming in. This area is very popular so you will be sharing the springs with lots of other hikers, so bring a bathing suit. You can camp in the area, but you may want to camp in the flat part before the hot springs as the springs themselves are in a canyon with few flat spots. Show more
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