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Gems in Southwestern Idaho - 6

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gem Favorite Sawtooth Lake.

Sawtooth Lake

(13) Idaho City, ID
gem Favorite Clowns have vandalized it over the years but it is still very powerful to behold and ponder what these men survived.

B-23 Dragon Bomber Crash Site

(2) McCall, ID
gem Favorite Phantom Falls from the base of the falls.

Phantom Falls

(1) Hansen, ID
gem Favorite Boiling hot water gushes up out of the depths of Vulcan Hot Spring

Vulcan Hot Spring

(1) Cascade, ID
gem Favorite Vineyard Lake

Vineyard Lake

(1) Kimberly, ID
gem Favorite Jump Creek Falls - an easy trail to a surprising little oasis.

Jump Creek Falls

(14) Homedale, ID

Recommended Routes in Southwestern Idaho - 33

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Favorite Above Alpine Lake, views of the Sawtooth Mountains looking north.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sawtooth Lake (from Iron Creek Trailhead)

9.4 mi 15.2 km 1,747' Up 532.57 m Up 1,747' Down 532.49 m Down

Challis, ID
Favorite Toxaway Lake at Sunrise.
Intermediate/Difficult

Alice-Toxaway Loop

19.1 mi 30.8 km 2,985' Up 909.97 m Up 2,985' Down 909.93 m Down

Sun Valley, ID
Favorite Meadow
Intermediate/Difficult

Norton-Big Lost Lakes Loop

4.9 mi 8.0 km 1,596' Up 486.45 m Up 1,596' Down 486.58 m Down

Sun Valley, ID
Favorite Sawtooth Lake.
Difficult

Grand Sawtooth Loop

71.6 mi 115.3 km 13,476' Up 4107.58 m Up 13,476' Down 4107.49 m Down

Idaho City, ID
Favorite Fall colors erupt on the Lake Fork Trail.
Difficult

Snowslide to Lake Fork

11.8 mi 18.9 km 2,269' Up 691.54 m Up 2,728' Down 831.39 m Down

McCall, ID
Favorite Winter views on the first-ish mile
Intermediate/Difficult

Shingle Creek-Mahalo-Dry Creek Loop

20.5 mi 33.0 km 3,483' Up 1061.48 m Up 3,482' Down 1061.46 m Down

Boise, ID
Favorite The somewhat precarious bridge crossing the Bruneau River
Difficult

Bruneau Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

7.0 mi 11.3 km 2,016' Up 614.48 m Up 2,018' Down 615.07 m Down

Mountai…, ID
Favorite First Bridge.
Intermediate

Devil of a Drop

14.2 mi 22.9 km 808' Up 246.29 m Up 6,110' Down 1862.34 m Down

Joseph, OR
Favorite Spanish Town Site - This is what is left of Spanish Town today.  The rock foundations are still pretty cool.  Makes you wonder how hard life was when people actually lived here.
Easy/Intermediate

Spanish Town Idaho

2.7 mi 4.3 km 405' Up 123.58 m Up 406' Down 123.83 m Down

Idaho City, ID

Southwestern Idaho Hiking

  • 3,524 Miles 5,672 Kilometers of Trail
  • 34 Recommended Routes
  • 6 Gems Gems
  • 180 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 317 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 184 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southwestern Idaho - 647

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2.5 mi 3.9 km #1Boulder Lake Trail #105
Intermediate/Difficult
McCall, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
McCall, ID 14 
4.3 mi 7.0 km #2Upper Stack Rock Trail
Intermediate
Boise, ID
Intermediate
Boise, ID 18 
4.2 mi 6.7 km #3Louie Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
McCall, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
McCall, ID 12 
14.8 mi 23.9 km #4Seven Devils Trail #124
Difficult
Joseph, OR
Difficult
Joseph, OR
7.0 mi 11.2 km #5Around the Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult
Boise, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
Boise, ID
4.8 mi 7.7 km #6Sunset Mountain Road #316
Intermediate/Difficult
Idaho City, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
Idaho City, ID
1.3 mi 2.1 km #7Bucktail Trail
Intermediate
Boise, ID
Intermediate
Boise, ID
4.3 mi 6.9 km #8Adams Gulch
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
5.5 mi 8.8 km #9Alturas Lake Creek Trail
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
2.2 mi 3.6 km #10Caldwell Greenbelt
Easy
Caldwell, ID
Easy
Caldwell, ID

Photos of Southwestern Idaho - 510

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Chamberlain Lake rainbow.
Mar 30, 2016 near Sun Valley, ID
Winter views on the first-ish mile
Mar 30, 2020 near Boise, ID
While out early exploring the Sawtooth Mountains near Stanley, Idaho I came across this scene where the first rays of morning light accentuating the mountain peaks.
Apr 7, 2020 near Challis, ID
Shoshone falls
Apr 23, 2015 near Twin Falls, ID
Pillar Falls overlook
Apr 23, 2015 near Twin Falls, ID
Above Alpine Lake, views of the Sawtooth Mountains looking north.
May 27, 2016 near Idaho City, ID
Looking across Louie Lake at the north aspect of Jughandle Mountain
Jul 4, 2017 near McCall, ID
A meadow full of lupines graces the hills near Boulder Mountain.
Jan 29, 2017 near McCall, ID