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Lace up your boots and sample more than 100 trails in Idaho's vast undeveloped backcountry and wilderness areas. Discover pink granite peaks of the Sawtooth Range, "big tree" country in the Selkirk Mountain rain forest, and Hells Canyon - the deepest gorge in North America. Idaho offers hikers some of the most magnificent and rugged mountain scenery in the Lower 48 as well as peaceful alpine meadows, sparkling lakes, excellent fishing, and the chance to see high-country wildlife. Use this guide for: up-to-date ...

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Overview

Lace up your boots and sample more than 100 trails in Idaho's vast undeveloped backcountry and wilderness areas. Discover pink granite peaks of the Sawtooth Range, "big tree" country in the Selkirk Mountain rain forest, and Hells Canyon - the deepest gorge in North America. Idaho offers hikers some of the most magnificent and rugged mountain scenery in the Lower 48 as well as peaceful alpine meadows, sparkling lakes, excellent fishing, and the chance to see high-country wildlife. Use this guide for: up-to-date trail information; accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails; difficulty ratings for each hike; detailed trail maps; zero-impact camping trips. Whether you are a day-tripper or long-distance hiker, old hand or novice, you'll find trails suited to every ability and interest throughout Idaho. (6 x 9, 472 pages, b&w photos, maps, charts)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762711130
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: State Hiking Guides Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 639,951
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph Maughan, a professor of political science at Idaho State University, author of a guide to the remote Teton Wilderness, draws on more than two decades of wilderness experience and leadership in such groups as the Sierra Club, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and the Idaho Environmental Council. He was recently honored by the Idaho Conservation League, on the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act, as a wilderness preservation leader.

Jackie Johnson Maughan, an instructor of English at Idaho State University, has published tow outdoor recreation books related to women, poetry, and short stories. She has just completed a novel, and is presently working on a second novel based on the grizzly bear. She has more than fifteen years of wilderness and conservation experience.

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Table of Contents

Location of Hikes xi
Introduction 1
A Note from the Publisher 8
Map Legend 16
The Hikes
Selkirk Mountains and Salmo-Priest Wilderness Overview 17
1 Harrison Lake 19
2 Hidden Lake and Red Top Mountain 23
3 Long Canyon 26
4 Salmo-Priest Divide Loop 31
5 Two Mouths Lakes 35
6 Upper Priest River 38
Salmon River and Clearwater Mountains Overview 42
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Overview 44
7 Coolwater to Selway Crags 45
8 Lower Selway River 48
9 Selway Crags via Big Fog and Legend Lakes 52
10 White Cap Creek 57
Mallard-Larkins Proposed Wilderness Overview 61
11 Larkins Lake 62
12 Pete Ott Lake and Vicinity 65
Proposed Great Burn Wilderness Overview 70
13 Goat Lake 71
14 Steep Lakes Loop 75
Meadow Creek Overview 79
15 Meadow Creek 80
Gospel Hump Wilderness Overview 84
16 Hanover Ridge 86
17 Oregon Butte 89
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Overview 94
18 Big Baldy-Indian Creek Loop 98
19 Blue Bunch Mountain 102
20 Cape Horn Mountain 106
21 Lightning Creek 109
22 Reflection Lake 113
23 Sheep Hill 117
24 Shell Rock and Rainbow Lakes 122
25 Ship Island Lake 125
26 Sleeping Deer Mountain 131
27 Snowshoe Summit to Pistol Lake (Summit Trail) 135
28 Soldier Lakes-Patrol Ridge Loop 138
29 Stoddard Lake 143
30 Upper Vanity Lakes 147
31 West Yankee Fork-Crimson Lake 149
Lick Creek Mountains Overview 153
32 Boulder-Louie Lakes Loop 154
33 Box Lake 157
34 Lava Lakes 160
35 Loon Lake Loop and Beyond 163
Trinity Mountains Overview 169
36 Rainbow Lakes 170
Hells Canyon Overview 173
37 Rapid River 176
38 Seven Devils Loop 180
Sawtooth Mountains Overview 186
39 Alpine Creek 188
40 Iron Creek to Sawtooth Lake 191
41 Toxaway-Pettit Loop 194
Smoky Mountains Overview 198
42 Baker Lake 199
43 Prairie Creek Loop 202
44 West Fork of Prairie Creek 205
Boulder and White Cloud Mountains Overview 208
45 North Fork of the Big Wood River 211
46 West Fork, North Fork of the Big Wood River 214
47 Boulder Chain Lakes 217
48 Boundary Creek 222
49 East Pass Creek 225
50 Fourth of July Creek to Born Lakes 229
51 High Ridge Trail 233
Pioneer Mountains Overview 237
52 East Fork of the Big Wood River 238
53 Fall Creek 241
54 Left Fork of Fall Creek 246
55 Right Fork of Fall Creek 249
56 Fall Creek to Surprise Valley 251
57 Hyndman Creek 253
58 Iron Bog Lake 256
59 Summit Creek 259
Lost River Range Overview 263
60 Bear Creek Lake 266
61 Merriam Lake 269
62 Mill Creek to Sheep Pen Basin 274
63 Mount Borah 277
64 Ramshorn Canyon 281
Lemhi Mountains Overview 285
65 Bell Mountain Canyon Loop 288
66 Big Creek-Big Timber Creek Loop 291
67 Buck and Bear Valley Lakes 298
68 Bunting Canyon 302
69 Middle Canyon 306
70 Mill Creek Lake 309
71 Nez Perce Lake 314
72 Rocky Canyon 316
73 South Creek 320
Great Divide Overview 324
74 Aldous and Hancock Lakes 326
75 Salamander Lake Loop 329
76 Sawtell Peak-Rock Creek Basin 333
77 Targhee Creek 336
78 Webber Creek 341
Middle Rocky Mountains of Eastern Idaho Overview 346
Big Hole, Snake River, and Caribou Mountains Overview 348
79 Black Canyon to Big Burns 350
80 Big Elk Creek 354
81 Indian Creek Loop 358
82 Little Elk Creek 364
83 Palisades Creek 368
84 Rainey Creek 372
85 Trail Creek 376
86 Waterfall Canyon 380
Gannett Hills Proposed Wilderness Overview 386
87 Giraffe Creek Loop 388
Bannock Range Overview 391
88 Corral Creek 392
89 Gibson Mountain Loop 395
90 Scout Mountain-East Fork of Mink Creek 398
91 West Fork of Mink Creek 400
Mount Bennett Hills Overview 404
92 Burnt Willow Canyon 405
93 Gooding City of Rocks 408
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Wilderness Overview 413
94 Echo Crater 414
Basin and Range Overview 419
Deep Creek Mountains Overview 420
95 Deep Creek Crest 421
Albion Range Overview 425
96 Independence Lakes 426
97 Silent City of Rocks 429
South Hills Overview 432
98 Eagle Loop 433
99 Third Fork Rock Creek-Wahlstrom Hollow Loop 436
Owyhee-Burneau Canyonlands Proposed National Monument Overview 441
100 Big Jacks Creek 442
101 Shoofly Overlook 445
Other Hikes
102 Bruneau Dunes State Park 447
103 Malad Gorge State Park 451
Appendix A Conservation Organizations 455
Appendix B Addresses, Land Management Agencies for Hike Information 456
About the Authors 460
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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Definitely the best Idaho hiking guide available! The authors h

    Definitely the best Idaho hiking guide available! The authors have spent more time in the Idaho wilderness than most of us spend in our homes, and the insights they offer regarding environmental history, and current and future impacts in each section of the book (and many of the hikes) is terrific. My tent mate and I look forward to covering as many hikes/miles as possible using this book as our guide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2003

    The best hiking book on the market

    What a great book. It is rare that you can sit down and read a hiking book at home like a novel. I use this all summer and read it all winter. The hikes are accurate, the descriptions extraordinary. The Maughans also explain to the reader/hiker how such things as cattle grazing impact lands and watersheds near the hikes. A must read.

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