Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips


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Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips


  • Mount Everly sunset from Lake 8,696.- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips
  • Looking south through Scarlet Paintbrush along the Queens/Little Queens Divide from Blacknose Mountain.- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips
  • Wildflower meadows of the Queens River Divide.- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips
  • Rydberg's penstemon (Penstemon rydbergii).- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips
  • Contributor Matt Leidecker enjoys a veiw looking onto the Middle Baron Lake. Mount Ebert stands in the center-right of the photo.- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips
  • Looking down onto the shoreline of Middle Baron Lake.- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips
  • Looking upstream across the South Fork of the Payette River near Big Meadows.- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips
  • Flowers on the shore of Everly Lake with Elk Peak in the background.- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips
  • Ardeth Lake inlet stream near the Spangle Divide.- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips
  • Warbonnet Spire and the north face of Tohobit Peak can be inspected from the summit of Observation Peak.- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips
  • Old-growth cedar grove in the Idaho panhandle.- Idaho's Best Backpacking Trips

When you’re looking for a backpacking trip, you’re typically looking for a handful of attributes: solitude, long distances, access to backcountry camping, and big, dramatic terrain. Idaho fits the bill, and within its borders are rugged mountain peaks and sapphire alpine lakes in backcountry wilderness that is as beautiful as anything in the West. It contains the largest federally managed and contiguous wilderness area in the Lower 48, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, which protects the wild Salmon River and several mountain ranges, not to mention one of the West’s premier recreation areas in the Sawtooth Mountains. These wide-open expanses are ideal for backpacking, and our contributors at the Outdoor Project have mapped a wide array of multi-day backpacking adventures in the Gem State.

Explore some of the best multi-day backpacking trips Idaho has to offer!

Sawtooth Mountains

The Payette River is a central feature in the Sawtooth Mountain wilderness and boasts several fantastic multi-day backpacking trips.

Other highlights in the Sawtooth Mountains:

The Idaho Panhandle

The Selkirk Crest Trail: Part of the Pacific Northwest Trail, this section offers challenging off-trail bushwhacks with views of the Selkirk Mountains.

Salmon River Trail

One of Idaho’s best backcountry trails in one of its wildest regions, the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the trail parallels the Middle Fork of the Salmon River for a 100-mile stretch.

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