by Kevin Hughes
on Saturday, May 14th, 2011 at 12:48pm.
Idaho has been estimated to span over 19,000 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and road biking, Nordic skiing or snowmobiling. View some of the most majestic wildlife in North America and don’t forget your camera! You’ll find Idaho is worth the walk.
There are countless parks, reserves, reservoirs, and hiking trails to take advantage of in Idaho. A few specific areas great for hiking are listed below.
Coeur d'Alene River Hiking Trails – There are over 20 hiking trails which offer magnificent views of Idaho’s scenic countryside. Trails range from easy to difficult and take hikers to alpine lakes or through former railroad tunnels. Contact the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District to get a copy of the brochure and inquire about current trail conditions.
Gospel Hump Wilderness Area - Idaho's newest wilderness, the Gospel Hump Wilderness Area, was formed under the Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980. Elevation in the wilderness area varies widely, ranging from 3500 feet at the Salmon River to 8,500 feet at Buffalo Hump. Oregon Butte and Buffalo Hump are popular places to hike. You will see beautiful views of the rivers and mountains – don’t forget your camera!
Hanna Flat Cedar Grove - The 16 acres of Hanna Flats, near Priest Lake, has been protected as a natural area for more than 40 years. The stand of old-growth cedar has trees between 200 and 800 years old. A quarter-mile interpretative trail leads through a grove that contains eight different tree species, ten species of shrubs and over a dozen other plant species.
Henrys Fork Greenway - Walk the greenway year-round and enjoy the beauty of Henrys Fork of the Snake River near St. Anthony. View wildlife or fish in the river – enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and all the Greenway has to offer.
Highline Recreational Trail - Highline is a 55-mile trail mostly at 9000 feet elevation between Preston and Soda Springs. It’s a fantastic place for hiking, where you’ll experience breathtaking sights like you’ve never seen before.
Hull’s Gulch National Recreation Trail - Hulls Gulch Trail offers a quiet escape from the city of Boise below and a chance to learn about the unique natural history of the Boise Foothills. Hulls Gulch Trail is for pedestrians only. From the Lower Trailhead, the trail wraps around the hillside and then follows the creek upstream for three miles to the Upper Trailhead. The ascent is gentle but there is little shade, and it’s a good idea to bring water and be prepared for desert conditions.
Whatever level of hiking you like to do, if you like to do intense, week-long backpacking trips, or just take a short day trip on a gentle slope, Idaho's got the spot for you. The nice thing is you don't have to travel far to get there either. There are tons of places close to the entire Boise area, so no matter where you buy your Idaho home, you can hit the trail!