Nature April 11, 2018
8 Low-Key Hikes In Idaho With Amazing Payoffs
You don’t have to dedicate an entire weekend just to get a taste of Idaho’s great outdoors. If you’re craving a taste of nature but are short on time, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of these short and easy hikes. These trails are simple, but you’ll be treated to the most incredible views that are sure to leave an impression. How many of these awe-inspiring hikes have you accomplished?
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1. Bloomington Lake Trail (Paris)
Thanks to this trail, you don't have to spend a whole day trekking to one of Idaho's beautiful alpine lakes. The hike to the utterly gorgeous Bloomington Lake is just 1.4 miles out-and-back. The trailhead is about a 30 minute drive from the town of Bloomington. The trail is very flat and simple, making it doable for almost everyone. Spend the day lounging by the lake and soaking up the beauty of the surrounding forest.
2. Crown Point Rail Trail (Cascade)
Located in Lake Cascade State Park, this trail is very well-paved and perfect for a family outing in nature. The trail follows the shoreline of the beautiful lake where you can walk down to the sandy beaches if you desire. This would be an awesome place to spend the day swimming or hanging out by the lake.
3. Bruneau Dunes Loop (Bruneau)
One of the most unique hikes in the state is the Bruneau Dunes Loop. Hiking around these massive dunes is like being transported to a different world. The trail is well-marked, but the best part of this hike is running up and down the sand dunes. The loop trail is approximately two and a half miles and takes you all around the gorgeous park.
4. Shoreline Picnic Area Trail (Athol)
If you're looking for an easy way to explore Lake Pend Oreille, look no further. This easy trail is just two miles long and takes you along the shoreline of Idaho's "Crown Jewel". Majestic pine trees loom over the trail, making this a scenic hike you'll never forget. With plenty of fantastic views and wildlife, this hiking trail is a true hidden gem.
5. Mesa Falls Nature Trail (St. Anthony)
Mesa Falls is one of Idaho's most iconic sights. This magnificent waterfall must be witnessed by every Idahoan at some point in their lifetime. Fortunately, the nature trail that leads to the falls is very easy and family friendly. The trailhead is located in the Upper Mesa Falls parking lot. This trail is considered to be the best way to see Lower Mesa Falls since it ends at an amazing overlook of the waterfall.
6. Round Lake Trail (Sagle)
The Round Lake Trail has everything you could desire in a hiking trail. At only one mile long, it makes for a quick trip around Round Lake. However, you'll see plenty of wildlife and foliage on this short trek. The trail is popular during the summer and you'll often see kayakers, canoers, and paddleboarders making their way to the lake. There's plenty to see on this hike which makes it a favorite for kids.
7. Baker Lake Trail (Ketchum)
Located near Ketchum, this is another short and sweet hike to a breathtaking lake. The trail is just three miles long to the lake and is perfect for those seeking peace and quiet. With mountains and forest surrounding the lake, you'll feel a million miles away from civilization.
8. Summit Creek (Mackay)
Located within the Challis National Forest, the Summit Creek trail is a hidden gem that only locals know about. It spans nine miles out-and-back, making it the longest hike on this list. However, the trail makes for a nice and easy day hike if you want to immerse yourself in mountainous beauty. To get to the trailhead, drive along Trail Creek Road from Ketchum. You'll reach the forest after approximately two miles and you'll see the trailhead's parking lot on your right.
These simple hiking trails makes it easy to experience the abundant beauty of our state. For more awesome trails, check out these
10 Short Hikes Under 3 Miles In Idaho.