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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 - 42

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Favorite Pillar Falls overlook
Easy

Down by the Snake

7.8 mi 12.6 km 667' Up 203.29 m Up 667' Down 203.27 m Down

Twin Falls, ID
Favorite At the end of the trail at Bogus Basin Road looking to the northwest. Chukkar Butte is the rocky outcrop in the distance - Sweet Connie trail runs to the east of the butte.
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 Looking down at Boise and the Owyhee Mountains after making the turn on the Highland Valley-Cobb Loop.
Intermediate/Difficult

Highland Valley-Cobb Loop

5.7 mi 9.2 km 1,295' Up 394.77 m Up 1,318' Down 401.65 m Down

Boise, ID
Favorite Payette Lake Beach is a great place to play fetch with the dog in the fall.
Easy/Intermediate

Ponderosa State Park Big Loop

6.2 mi 9.9 km 640' Up 194.96 m Up 638' Down 194.45 m Down

McCall, ID
Favorite Spring runoff flows near the south end of the trail.
Difficult

Lydle Gulch Trail

6.4 mi 10.2 km 1,147' Up 349.56 m Up 1,147' Down 349.46 m Down

Boise, ID
Favorite A beautiful view of Pillar Falls from the trail
Easy

Snake River Canyon Rim Trail

5.8 mi 9.4 km 760' Up 231.7 m Up 817' Down 248.93 m Down

Twin Falls, ID
Favorite Dog friendly!
Intermediate

Truly Around the Mountain Bogus Basin

12.8 mi 20.6 km 2,051' Up 625.28 m Up 2,042' Down 622.39 m Down

Boise, ID
Favorite Top of Bruneau Dunes
Very Difficult

Bruneau Sand Dunes Out-and-Back

1.4 mi 2.2 km 377' Up 114.92 m Up 376' Down 114.69 m Down

Mountai…, ID
Favorite Adelmann Mine
Intermediate

Adelmann Mine and Lucky Peak

9.5 mi 15.3 km 2,432' Up 741.17 m Up 2,435' Down 742.34 m Down

Boise, ID

Southwestern Idaho Running

  • 3,853 Miles 6,201 Kilometers of Trail
  • 42 Recommended Routes
  • 6 Gems Gems
  • 165 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 422 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 227 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southwestern Idaho - 772

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6.0 mi 9.6 km #1Big Cottonwood Creek Trail
Intermediate
Burley, ID
Intermediate
Burley, ID
5.1 mi 8.2 km #2Idaho Centennial Trail: Section 1
Easy
Jackpot, NV
Easy
Jackpot, NV
8.3 mi 13.3 km #3Idaho Centennial Trail: Section 4
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
10.0 mi 16.0 km #4Idaho Centennial Trail: Section 11
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
10.0 mi 16.1 km #5Idaho Centennial Trail: Section 13
Intermediate
Glenns Ferry, ID
Intermediate
Glenns Ferry, ID
15.7 mi 25.3 km #6Poison Butte Road #37105
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
17.0 mi 27.3 km #73 Creek Well Road #37106
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
34.5 mi 55.5 km #8Indian Hot Springs Road #3716
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
17.9 mi 28.8 km #9Winter Camp Road #3763
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
Easy
Glenns Ferry, ID
8.0 mi 12.9 km #10Perjue Canyon
Easy
Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID
Easy
Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID

Photos of Southwestern Idaho - 500

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Pillar Falls overlook
Apr 23, 2015 near Twin Falls, ID
Shoshone falls
Apr 23, 2015 near Twin Falls, ID
Chamberlain Lake rainbow.
Mar 30, 2016 near Sun Valley, ID
A meadow full of lupines graces the hills near Boulder Mountain.
Jan 29, 2017 near McCall, ID
The Crestline Trail runs through mostly open stands of either young lodgepole pines or dead lodgepole stands.
Feb 1, 2017 near McCall, ID
Looking across Louie Lake at the north aspect of Jughandle Mountain
Jul 4, 2017 near McCall, 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
Adelmann Mine
Jun 13, 2020 near Boise, ID