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.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

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!