Easiest Backpacking Trails In Idaho For Beginners
I am in the process of trying to find some places to explore backpacking. I found some places that I believe would be a good start for me and other beginners. If you can think of any more please let us know. I think I am going to have to try a few of these out when it isn't too hot out though.
I found a couple of websites that helps backpackers decide where they want to go depending on the difficulty level. I found some easy ones that aren't too far away and would be great for beginners according to reviews.
Lucky Peak Dam Trail
This is 8.2 miles out and back. A trail located between Twin Falls and Boise, much closer to Boise. It is a state park so there is a vehicle charge. However, it looks like it could be a fun beginner weekend backpacking trip complete with some water to jump in.
Third Fork Rock Creek Loop
I have kind of hiked through this area before but I haven't backpacked it and stayed over night. It is 8.3 miles near Oakley. Definitely a good starting spot. The hike is considered moderate though.
Hulls Gulch Sidewinder Loop
Located near Boise, this is a 6.2 mile moderate loop. It looks like a fun little nature trip. 6.2 miles is something I think is doable for a day or weekend.
This one I am not so sure I would explore in the summer time because it doesn't appear to have much running water but that is just me. It is only 7.5 miles and is lightly trafficked.
Bench Lake Trail
This is 7.8 miles and tends to be heavily trafficked. The trail is near Stanley and has Red Fish Lake as an option for a place to jump in and cool off.
Soldier Creek and Free Gold Creek
This place looks like a lot of fun. Located near Fairfield, I would totally backpack this 8.4 mile long trail. It is primarily used for hiking and backpacking.
Iron Creek Stanley Lake Trail
This loop leads to Sawtooth Lake and is a 10 mile stretch. It is pretty heavily trafficked which can be a good thing and a bad thing for beginners. It looks beautiful though.
Pettit Lake to Twin Lakes
The trail is number 095 and it is a 13.3 mile trail. That seems pretty long but for a backpacker who wants to make a full weekend of it and isn't completely brand new it could be a great option.