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10 Picturesque Trails In Idaho That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking

There’s nothing the average Idahoan loves more than getting out of the house to enjoy the beautiful destinations and plentiful nature that abounds in the Gem State. But if you’re not an avid skier, snowboarder, or powder enthusiast, Idaho’s long winters can feel like a time-warp of grey skies and frigid temps–especially after the magic of Christmas is over. But there’s no need to hibernate all season, just because you’re not into winter Olympics-style activities! All you need to get back out there to enjoy the fresh snowfall is a few extra layers, some sturdy boots, and an adventurous spirit.

Idaho’s magnificent parks and winding, scenic trail systems make our state perfect for winter strolls and hikes no matter your activity or winter enthusiasm level. Here are some of our favorite places to get out, enjoy those big white flakes floating gently by, and feel the crunch of fresh-fallen snow beneath your feet.

These are some of Idaho’s most prominent winter hikes, but there are hundreds of less-traveled gems for you to explore this season. For an extended hike that leads to some of Idaho’s best winter hot springs, check out this hot springs trail. Now, pick a hike, bundle up, and get out there!

Jennifer
Super-rad musician, scholar, and Idaho native who has loves basking in Idaho sunsets and indulging in spontaneous nature walks across the state.