Idaho Hiking Trails
This site is designed to provide quick, organized access to informative Idaho hiking websites. Hiking enthusiasts like you have created excellent web pages on Idaho hiking trails -- then posted those pages on free web servers -- only to be ignored by search engines. The purpose of this site is to provide a way to find these personal hiking pages, and make your research easier.
- Alpine Lake Iron Creek area of the Sawtooth Wilderness from the cooltrails.com site.
- Baron Lakes outstanding hiking trails in the Sawtooth Wilderness from the cooltrails.com site.
- Born Lakes can be visited on a long day hike, but itís best saved for a weekend backpack. Once at the lakes, youíll want to lounge on table-size flat granite, watch marmots and pikas scurry about, catch pan-size trout, and huff and puff to a view of Four Lakes Basin. Site by Boulder-White Clouds Council, Inc.
- Caribou National Forest GORP site; introductory page with links to many trail descriptions.
- City of Rocks National Preserve National Park Service unit in South Central Idaho. Not much hiking information on this site, but it will be enough to get you there and give you a good idea what it's all about.
- Craters of the Moon National Monument -- Inferno Cone This is a very short hike in terms of distance, but a real son-of-a-gun. I can't think of any volcano cone where the hiking is easy. In any event, this is a brief webpage with some photos on the Natural Born Hikers site.
- Cramer-Hidden Lakes trails in the Sawtooth Wilderness from the cooltrails.com site.
- Elkhorn Creek Trails in the Elkhorn Creek area, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness from the cooltrails.com site.
- Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness GORP introductory page with trail links; a good place to start for this region.
- General Site Cooltrails.com site; not as many trails listed as some others listed here, but the individual trail descriptions (see links for specific areas on this page) are top-quality must-read.
- General Site Sheldon Bluestein's Hikeidaho.com Site; links quickly to clickable map divided by region. Excellent site.
- General Site ó Northwest Hiking Clickable map with over 100 trails. Excellent site.
- Idaho Centennial Trail GORP site, overview & guide to scenic/historic hike.
- Imogene Lake Sawtooth Wilderness hike from the cooltrails.com site.
- Kane Lake Trail Pioneer Mountains destination; on the cooltrails.com site.
- Nez Perce National Historic Trail GORP guide to trail memorializing the plight of the Nez Perce.
- Salmon River / Middle Fork in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness from the cooltrails.com site.
- Sawtooths GORP introductory page with links to trail descriptions for the Sawtooths.
- Redfish Lake trails in the Sawtooth NRA from the cooltrails.com site.
- Saddleback Lakes Sawtooth Wilderness hiking from the cooltrails.com site.
- Sawtooth Lake Sawtooth Wilderness hiking destination from the cooltrails.com site.
- Sawtooth Wilderness General Page About the Sawtooth Wilderness from the cooltrails.com site.
- Scotchman Peak Hiking guide from the cooltrails.com site. Look, if you're interested in the Sawtooths, just click one of these links to cooltrails.
- Seven Devils Mountains GORP introductory page to the Seven Devils Mountains area, a popular hiking destination.
- Ship Island Lake and Bighorn Crags in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness from the cooltrails.com site.
- Targhee National Forest GORP intro page with links to trails in the Targhee National Forest. If you've never used the GORP site, you'll find it to be outstanding.
- Washington Lake Destination in the White Cloud Mtns. from the cooltrails.com site.
- white Clouds This is a Sierra Club backpacking trip report in the Sawtooths, including Castle Peak, Chamberlain Lakes, Boulder Chain Lakes. Nice photos with a brief but fun narrative.
The $20 Cheeseburger
The Sawtooths are one of those great hiking and climbing areas that are both remote and accessible. Accessible in that they aren't far from any of Idaho's "population centers," yet remote enough that you can disappear into the back country and get as lost as you want. But unlike the nearby (nearby as in a day's drive) Grand Tetons or Glacier National Park, the Sawtooths don't have the Park Service publicity machine promoting various trails for the average slacker. If you simply "drop in" (like I did once) you aren't going to know your way around, and you'll just wind up in Ketchum paying twenty bucks for a cheeseburger (ditto).
The conversation in my car went something like this:
"These mountains are called the Sawtooths."
"That's nice dear, what are we supposed to do here?"
"I don't know. Let's drive to Ketchum and pay exorbitant prices for stuff at trendy shoppes."
The point is that you have to know your way around the Sawtooths, or you're going to lose out. A few years ago I discovered
Trails of the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains by Margaret Fuller, but alas, I learned about it after my trip. I've got a copy, however, since I intend to return. Next time I visit, I expect the conversation to be more like this...
Me: "There's a few trails we missed, but I think we might come back this way later in the week."
My lovely wife: "Haven't we done enough hiking? What town is this? This looks nice...shopping...slow down..."-- Rick Bolger
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