It’s safe to say that Idahoans know their state pretty well. Whether demonstrating our unrivaled navigational skills on one of the Gem State’s thousands of hiking trails, naming every mountain within a 300 mile radius, or simply knowing all of the best fishing spots, there are precious few places that Idaho residents can be surprised with. Nevertheless, Idaho still has some hidden gems up its diverse, panhandled sleeve! While many of these spots may not be considered “secret” to locals, here are just a few lovely, explore-worthy places across the state that maybe–just maybe–are new to you and perfect for your next spontaneous day trip.
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9. Mud Lake
This lake and surrounding meadows are north of Deadwood Reservoir and east of Warm Lake. Here, the going is muddy as the name suggests, but stumbling upon smaller ponds and traipsing through the marshy wonders of the area is sure to reinvigorate your senses.
10. Larch Mountain Trail
Located in the Kaniksu National Forest east of Lake Pend Oreille, this beautiful trail is one of the most stunning in Idaho’s panhandle. Every direction offers impeccable views of northern Idaho’s glorious lakes and rolling mountainsides, while the trail itself bursts with color and lush native grasses.
Ready to explore more of Idaho’s hidden gems? Let us know your favorite getaway in the Gem State!