The best and most reliable information about where to go hiking in Idaho can be found in published trail guide books.  These sources have been “ground truthed” by the authors and are very affordable.  For some of the guidebooks purchased through Amazon using the links below, ITA receives a portion of the proceeds to support our work.

North Idaho

100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest by Rich Landers (2nd Edition, 2003)

Trails of the Wild Selkirks by Dennis Nicholls (2nd Edition 2014)

Trails of the Wild Cabinets by Dennis Nicholls with Jim Mellen (2nd Edition, 2008)

North Central Idaho

Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness by Scott Steinberg (2nd Edition, 2012)

Hiking Hells Canyon & Idaho’s Seven Devils Mountains by Fred Barstad (2001)

Southwest Idaho

Trails of Western Idaho by Margaret Fuller (updated and expanded 3rd Edition, 2006)

The Hiker’s Guide to Greater Boise by Scott Marchant (2012)

Boise Trail Guide: 90 Hiking & Running Routes Close to Home by Steve Stuebner (2015)

The Owyhee Canyonlands – An Outdoor Adventure Guide by Steve Stuebner & Mark Lisk (2013)

The Weiser River Trail: Idaho’s Longest Rail Trail by Margaret Fuller and Anita VanGrunsven (updated and expanded 3rd edition, 2015)

Central Idaho

Trails of the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains by Margaret Fuller (updated and expanded 5th Edition, 2011)

Trails of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness by Margaret Fuller (updated and expanded 2nd edition, 2006)

The Hiker’s Guide to McCall & Cascade by Scott Marchant (2011)

The Day Hiker’s Guide to Sun Valley & Ketchum by Scott Marchant by Scott Marchant (2010)

The Hiker’s Guide to Idaho’s Sawtooth Country by Scott Marchant (2015)

Exploring Sun Valley – A comprehensive Guide to the Boulder, Pioneer, and Smoky Mountains by Matt Leidecker (2010)

Exploring the Sawtooths – A Comprehensive Guide to the Sawtooths by Matt Leidecker (2012)

Eastern Idaho

Trails of Eastern Idaho by Margaret Fuller and Jerry Painter (updated and expanded 3rd Edition, 2010)

Eastern Idaho Sweet Spots by Jerry Painter and Matt TeNgaio (updated and expanded 3rd Edition, 2016)


Hiking Idaho: A Guide To The State’s Greatest Hiking Adventure by Luke Kratz Ralph Maughan and Jackie Maughan (3rd Edition, 2014)

Idaho, a Climbing Guide: Climbs, Scrambles, and Hikes by Tom Lopez (2nd Edition, 2000)

Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons by Douglas Lorain (2004)

Backcountry Cooking

In The Wild Chef: Recipes from Base Camp to Summit by Steve Weston 

Wilderness Calendar

2016 Idaho Wilderness Calendar by Scott Marchant

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