Best Snowshoeing in Idaho

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1

Montana, Flathead County

09 :33 hrs
8.9 mi
100.564026 ft
Extreme

This trail begins at the Lake McDonald Lodge and follows the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is closed to vehicles in the winter from this point. The road offers breathtaking winter scenery and is an excellent way to view the park during the winter months. Choose your own turn around spot as this trail continues further.

2

Montana, Gallatin County

05 :09 hrs
2.5 mi
491.4309 ft
Expert

Heading west along Cinnamon Creek the trail quickly begins a pretty steady climb. This route is best for snowshoes and a little steep for cross country skiers, but can be done if you are experienced. The turnaround spot is the saddle where 2 other trails junction at. The lookout tower is in view and the trail to the tower is doable with snowshoes, but it’s a steep one.

3

Montana, Glacier County

08 :06 hrs
7.2 mi
101.87805 ft
Expert

This ski trail follows the popular Two Medicine Road which is closed to traffic during the winter. Some popular destinations along this trail are Running Eagle Falls (10 miles round trip) or the longer strenuous 16 mile roundtrip to Two Medicine Lake.

4

Montana, Flathead County

04 :37 hrs
4 mi
74.600464 ft
Hard

The trail to Hidden Meadow follows the Inside North Fork Road. The route crawls over low hills along the edge of the river. After approximately 3 miles, while the trail does continue on, watch for the side trail that heads to Hidden Meadow. The trail provides beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and river.

5

Montana, Flathead County

01 :52 hrs
1.8 mi
4.65448 ft
Moderate

This trail follows along the summer bike path. The terrain along lower McDonald Creek provides easy skiing or snowshoeing through the forest with small spur trails along the way. This is a great area for families to explore and enjoy the winter weather.

6

Montana, Flathead County

04 :04 hrs
3.4 mi
565.9088 ft
Hard

This trail begins with a gentle walk along an old dirt road. One of the first things you’ll notice on this hike is the number of dead trees that have blown over after the massive Robert Fire of 2003. Before the fire, heavy brush and timber blocked the views but now Apgar Lookout is one of the Park’s most scenic hikes. Without the thick timber this hike is a hot one so best to start early in the morning on hot days. From the Lookout, you will have views down the entire length of Lake McDonald as well as the high peaks into the heart of glacier. Unfortunately these views are partially obstructed by trees and a TV transmitter tower.

7

Idaho, Idaho County

12 :04 hrs
12.2 mi
1029.4609 ft
Extreme

To get to the trailhead, follow Santiam-Sourdough Road for 11 miles to the Ten Mile Creek crossing near Six Mile Creek. The route follows along Ten Mile Creek with tread that lies close to the water in some places. The trail offers multiple-day trips with a variety of wildlife while going through the scenic Gospel Hump Wilderness. The route traces through timber stands of the South Clearwater Forested area, along with stream-side vegetation. The Ten Mile campsite located at the lower end of the trail has some facilities. Water is available along the trail, but it needs to be treated. A wilderness permit can be obtained from a Forest Service facility or a registration box.

8

Idaho, Idaho County

20 :47 hrs
42 mi
1413.1624 ft
Extreme

The route starts off of Highway 12 at the Eagle Mountain Pack Bridge. At first, the hike follows through cool cedar groves for the first few miles. After that, it is mostly rocky, rugged, high ridge terrain as it follows along the border of the Clearwater National Forest. While in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, the trail encompasses numerous streams, lakes, meadows, and allows access to many other trails. It eventually ends near Remount at Cool Water Ridge Road 317. The route can be used as a one way trail or as an out and back. A wilderness permit can be obtained from a Forest Service facility or a registration box.

9

Idaho, Camas County

15 :57 hrs
17.8 mi
824.0077 ft
Extreme

Located in Camas County, the Big Smoky Trail starts at Canyon Transfer Camp off of Road #70085. The popular hike follows Big Smoky Creek through a narrow canyon with a very gradual climb into the Smoky Mountains. Expect several streams crossings, wildlife, and plenty of stream-side vegetation. Eventually the trail reaches a steep mining road that makes it way to a meadow, offering amazing scenic views over the Smoky Drainage. Be well equipped with food, water, and supplies for this multi-day trip. There is a $6.00 fee if you plan on camping.

10

Idaho, Blaine County

04 :30 hrs
9.6 mi
567.52673 ft
Hard

This ride has quick climbs, fast slalom-like turns, and a very well-liked downhill run. The eastern edge of Red Warrior crisscrosses a seasonal stream before gaining a series of switchbacks. The trail traces through wildflowers, meadows, and an area that was severely burned in the 2007 Castle Rock Fire. The route ends at Warm Springs Road and there is no bridge that crosses Warm Springs Creek, so be prepared to get a little wet. Some people like to have a shuttle planned at this point, or you can bike back to where you came from.

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