Best Hiking for Miles

Posted on 07. Mar, 2012 by in Outdoor Recreation

It is important sometimes that you get out of the city and experience nature at its finest. The buzz and hum of electricity and cars can wear on your brain and when that happens you need to get away and detox your mind for a while. There are so many beautiful places that you can go to do this, you can have your pick. Backpacker Magazine came up with a list for some of the best backpacking that you can do in Idaho. Whether you want to go for a whole week or just a weekend, this guide is important to helping your find out where it is that you want to go.

The Sawtooth Wilderness is located in the Sawtooth National Forest and is a huge expanse of wilderness. This is where you can find some of the most beautiful outdoor scenes the United States has to offer. The three hundred and thirty square mile park has so many different kinds of recreational activities that you are bound to find something that you like to do. There are trails to walk, peaks to climb, streams to fish, and lakes to swim in. In this area you can hike to more than three hundred lakes. As you go down the trails you will find huge amounts of wildflowers and flora like you have never seen before! If you are looking for a more quiet hike, then you can stick to the west side of the park and you will be left alone.

The Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness is contained in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. It is not a super popular park because it is a little out of the way. But this is the second largest wilderness area in the whole United States. There rivers and hikes that will blow your mind! You can hike to the lake country of the Bighorn Crags. The fishing up there is supposed to be absolutely phenomenal. If you are looking for canyons to hike into, you can hike along the Centennial Trail into a canyon created by the Salmon River. This is especially beautiful during the summer and autumn. In the winter and spring it is too cold to really do anything productive.

The Bitterroot Mountains are the last on Backpacker’s list of best hikes in Idaho. This is not a comprehensive list of all the hikes that Idaho has to offer, by any means. The list simply covers a basic top three pick for anyone who is looking for a spectacular hike. These mountains are a part of the Bitterroot Range that forms the Continental Divide between that state and Montana. Idaho’s high country can be found here and it is here that the landscape becomes a little more wild. There are loops that can take over twenty miles to complete and cover two state borders. If you want some fun treks, head for the Bitterroot Mountains!

Whether you are from Idaho or not, these hikes are spectacular and I would highly recommend hitting them sometime in your life. If you are looking for a hike near you, Backpacker also has some other suggestions for less strenuous hikes.

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