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Gems in Southwestern Idaho - 7

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gem Favorite Sawtooth Lake

Sawtooth Lake

(12) 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 Silent Cone from the summit of the Inferno Cone.

Inferno Cone

(2) Arco, 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 View of the distant hills along the North Crater Trail

Big Craters

(1) Arco, 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 View of Alpine lake on our way up to Sawtooth lake
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 A look into beautiful Redfish Canyon.
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 Enjoy a bounty of indian paintbrush along the Pioneer Cabin Trail.
Difficult

Pioneer Cabin Loop

8.8 mi 14.2 km 3,019' Up 920.05 m Up 3,007' Down 916.58 m Down

Sun Valley, 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 Flowers and pine trees abound on the Shingle Creek Trail!
Intermediate/Difficult

Shingle Creek-Mahalo-Dry Creek Loop

20.5 mi 33.0 km 3,530' Up 1075.96 m Up 3,531' Down 1076.13 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 Seven Devils Road
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

Southwestern Idaho Running

  • 3,908 Miles 6,290 Kilometers of Trail
  • 42 Recommended Routes
  • 7 Gems Gems
  • 180 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 343 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 218 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southwestern Idaho - 699

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2.5 mi 3.9 km #1Boulder Lake Trail #105
Intermediate/Difficult
McCall, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
McCall, ID 14 
4.2 mi 6.7 km #2Louie Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
McCall, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
McCall, ID 12 
4.3 mi 7.0 km #3Upper Stack Rock Trail
Intermediate
Boise, ID
Intermediate
Boise, ID 18 
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
3.9 mi 6.3 km #7Mt. Borah
Very Difficult
Challis, ID
Very Difficult
Challis, ID
4.5 mi 7.2 km #8Jennie Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Idaho City, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
Idaho City, ID
1.3 mi 2.1 km #9Bucktail Trail
Intermediate
Boise, ID
Intermediate
Boise, ID
5.5 mi 8.8 km #10Alturas Lake Creek Trail
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID
Difficult
Sun Valley, ID

Photos of Southwestern Idaho - 640

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Chamberlain Lake rainbow.
Mar 30, 2016 near Sun Valley, 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
On the trail
Aug 9, 2018 near Sun Valley, 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
A meadow full of lupines graces the hills near Boulder Mountain.
Jan 29, 2017 near McCall, ID