Idaho April 04, 2018
7 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Idaho Will Love
Many regions of Idaho are still experiencing winter conditions, but believe it or not it is officially springtime here in Idaho! You know what that means—it’s hiking season. There’s no better way to take advantage of the warmer weather than by completing one of these easy but beautiful spring hikes. These hikes are simple enough for the entire family to enjoy, but boast some gorgeous views that you won’t soon forget.
1. Ponderosa Park Loop Trail
This three mile loop trail is located in Ponderosa State Park north of McCall, Idaho. The trail really has everything you could ever want in a springtime outing. An amazing overlook of Payette Lake, wildlife, and plenty of gorgeous beaches make this a hike you'll never forget. There's not much of an elevation gain on this hike, making it great for all skill levels.
2. City Creek Beginner Loop
This 2.6-mile loop is part of Pocatello's awesome City Creek trail system. The beginner loop is rated as easy and features beautiful wildflowers during the springtime. The trail takes you through the city's surrounding foothills, providing great views of Pocatello in the distance while still maintaining a backcountry vibe.
3. Blue Lake Trail
If you're seeking something far away from civilization then we recommend the breathtaking Blue Lake Trail. This out-and-back trail is located in the Boise National Forest near Cascade. At only 1.6 miles, it's a pretty short adventure but it sure does boast some memorable views of the awe-inspiring Blue Lake. There are some steep areas of the trail, but the overlook at the end makes it all worth it.
4. Boise River Greenbelt
Running through the heart of Boise, the Boise River Greenbelt is like a natural oasis smack dab in the middle of the city. Everybody should experience at least a portion of this 10 mile trail at some point. The paved pathways make it doable for almost everyone, and it follows the gorgeous Boise River. There are many points along the greenbelt where you can explore the natural areas and feel as if you've escaped into the wilderness.
5. Tubbs Hill
Hiking Tubbs Hill is almost an iconic activity for locals of Coeur d'Alene. You'll often find other people taking advantage of the epic beauty that this trail has to offer. The 2.4 mile trail around the hill provides amazing overlooks of the lake and you'll find plenty of beach spots that are perfect for cooling off as the temperatures get hotter.
6. Big Elk Creek Trail
Located near Idaho's eastern border in the town of Irwin is a little-known trail that provides some serious adventure. In its entirety, the trail is approximately 10 miles long but the first half is easiest and widest. The trail provides great views of the nearby creek and offers plenty of shade with the surrounding pine trees. You'll also find plenty of wildlife along the trail. The Big Elk Creek Trail is perfect if you're looking for something a little more rugged, but still simple.
7. Broken Top Loop Trail
One of Idaho's greatest hiking areas is also one of the state's weirdest landscapes. Craters of the Moon is home to many hiking trails, and you'll often see them fill up during the springtime. Despite its desolate appearance, this is when the area is overcome with wildflowers and blossoming plant life. The Broken Top Loop Trail is merely 2 miles long and is one of the best ways to experience all of the unique volcanic features within the park. Just remember to wear sturdy shoes!
What’s your favorite springtime hike in Idaho? Spring is the best time to explore our state. It’s this time of year that wildflowers are blooming and our landscapes have never looked more beautiful. Check out this
wildflower trail through Idaho that we put together so you can enjoy these lively scenes!