Idaho

Hikes in Idaho

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From jagged mountain peaks to wide open plains, Idaho features a diverse landscape that is perfectly suited to outdoor exploration. The state bridges two time zones and makes up much of the western side of the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains, encompassing a large swathe of territory that in turn welcomes over 20 million tourists each year.

The northern part of Idaho, known as the panhandle, is made up of rugged mountains, vibrant green hills, and countless lakes. As you move to the interior the landscape becomes even more dramatic, featuring a collection of mountains that make up impressive ranges, such as the Lost River Range and Lemhi Range. Further south, the terrain of the state flattens out into the fertile plains most often associated with Idaho’s prominent agriculture industry.

No matter where in Idaho you decide to set out exploring, there will always be an exciting adventure waiting around the corner. Whether you prefer to hike, bike, paddle, climb, or ride, you will find an endless amount of possibilities that highlight the natural beauty of the “Gem State”.

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Open details for Sand Mountain Lookout Trail

Sand Mountain Lookout Trail

Moderate
10.0 km
420 m
3-4h

The Sand Mountain Lookout Trail boasts incredible scenery and a great workout. Located in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, this enchanting adventure explores a forest of old-logging activities, old-growth stands, wildflowers, and wildlife.

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Open details for Trail 8, Penn, and Cave Trail Loop

Trail 8, Penn, and Cave Trail Loop

Moderate
6.1 km
287 m
2-2.5h

The Trail 8, Penn, and Cave Trail Loop is a popular adventure in the Canfield Mountain Trail System. Contrary to what the name suggests, there is no cave along this route, instead, it is named for a large depression in the landscape created from mining excavation. What the circuit lacks in caverns, it makes up for in incredible scenery.

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Pulaski Tunnel Trail

Moderate
6.4 km
226 m
2-2.5h

Exploring the Pulaski Tunnel Trail makes for a memorable experience. Widely considered to be one of the best hikes in the state—not so much for the scenery but for the history. Lined with interpretive signs, this creekside path culminates at the famous Pulaski Tunnel, where Ranger Ed Pulaski herded 45 firefighters during the 1910 wildfire in Northern Idaho—saving all but 6.

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Open details for Canfield Mountain Loop Trail

Canfield Mountain Loop Trail

Moderate
8.5 km
470 m
3-4h

Boasting outdoor pursuits, the Canfield Mountain Loop is a popular destination where adventurers of all types can indulge their recreational interests. While you can partake in mountain biking or off-roading, hiking is absolutely our favorite way to explore this incredible trail system overlooking Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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Open details for Mount Coeur d’Alene Hike

Mount Coeur d’Alene Hike

Hard
17.7 km
697 m
5-7h

The Mount Coeur d’Alene Hike is an epic adventure near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, that demands a modest effort. While the views are limited, this well-maintained trail has the perfect combination of flora, fauna, and altitude—boasting a unique experience for hikers and bikers alike.

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Open details for White Pine National Recreation Trail

White Pine National Recreation Trail

Moderate
5.6 km
218 m
1.5-2h

Immerse yourself in a lush forest setting along the White Pine National Recreation Trail. This beautiful circuit hike progresses through a grove of old-growth pines intersected with meandering creeks and abundant with wildlife. Exhibiting a diversity of flora and fauna, this opulent woodland trek would make an excellent addition to your hiking itinerary.

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Open details for South Chilco Mountain Hike

South Chilco Mountain Hike

Hard
16.9 km
870 m
5.5-7.5h

The South Chilco Mountain Hike is a demanding adventure reserved for experienced hikers and intrepid explorers. Summit not one but two soaring crests in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains and indulge in breathtaking views of the Idaho Mountains. While challenging, the incredible scenery, including snow-melt streams and several small alpine lakes, is worth the sweat.

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Open details for Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars Trail

Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars Trail

Easy
5.3 km
172 m
1.5-2h

The Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars Trail boasts an enchanting experience in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Explore an old-growth forest adorned with wildflowers and wildlife along this easy-going adventure.

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Open details for Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail

Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail

Easy
4.8 km
234 m
1.5-2h

Hiking the Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail makes for a fantastic day. Located along the ridges above Coeur d’Alene, this family-friendly hike boasts incredible views of the mountain-bound reservoir as you explore the historic mineral excavation site. Don’t forget your camera, the scenery is picture perfect!

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Open details for Trails 6, 7, 8, A, and Cave Loop Trail

Trails 6, 7, 8, A, and Cave Loop Trail

Moderate
11.9 km
589 m
3.5-5h

Indulge yourself in fantastic views of Lake Coeur d’Alene on the Trails 6, 7, 8, A, and Cave Loop Trail. This well-loved route is shared with mountain bikers and off-roaders alike, so you will likely enjoy company! Conveniently located near the city, this adventure grants the perfect escape into the wilderness.

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