12 Incredible Backpacking Trips in Idaho

A night or two in Idaho’s backcountry is just what the doctor ordered.

The snow is melting, the days are getting longer, and the mountains of Idaho are calling. It’s backpacking season! There is no better way to take in Idaho’s wilderness than to spend a day or two calling it home. With thousands of miles of trails across the state, there really is something for every adventurer on this list. Gear up, hit the road, and spend a night or two in the Idaho backcountry.  

1. Backpack to Sawtooth Lake

Photo: Dusty Klein

2. Backpack to Marten and Kelly Lakes

Photo: Garren Moore

3. Backpack to Alice Lake

Photo: Dusty Klein

4. Backpack to Saddleback Lakes

Photo: Fudo Jahic

5. Backpack to Imogene Lake

Photo: Mike Sanders

6. Backpack to Trail Creek Lakes

Photo: Garren Moore

7. Backpack to Cramer Lakes

Photo: Amanda Solomon

8. Backpack Two Mouth Lakes

Photo: Colin Ayers

9. Backpack the Alice Toxaway Loop

Photo: Matt Huber

10. Backpack to Born Lakes

Photo: Garren Moore

11. Backpack to Pioneer Yurt

Photo: Dusty Klein

12. Backpack through Surprise Valley to Lake 10148

Photo: Garren Moore

For more adventures, check out Visit Idaho.

Cover photo: Mike Sanders

Published: May 10, 2017

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