When it comes to basking in the glow of magnificent foliage, you can’t beat the Gem State. Idaho is home to some of the most mind-blowing natural beauty in the United States. And when the leaves begin to transform into hues of orange and red, that means it’s time for a hike. Here are five beautiful foliage hikes in the state.
For some of the most breathtaking fall foliage in the state, you must explore Taylor Canyon near Ketchum. This trail is just under four miles in length with a maximum elevation of 7,504 feet. This hike could be described as intermediate, so those with less experience should proceed with caution. The trail is also open to mountain bikers and horseback riders.
The West Mountain Trail near Smith’s Ferry, Idaho, clocks in at just over 16 miles. The hike can be difficult, with the 3,200 feet of elevation gain across the entire trail, but the incredible fall views are worth it for the avid hiker. You’ll enjoy views of the West Mountains and Salmon River along the way, as well as the changing colors of the forest.
Idaho Falls is named for the cascading waterfalls that descend through the middle of the city. With 14 miles of river bank, many residents walk the water each fall to see the splendor of the changing seasons. Follow the Snake River through town or stop at any number of spots to take it all in.
Sherman Peak is the highest point in the region. Accessible through the Bear River Range Highline Trail, visitors will need to hike 3.5 miles to the summit. However, those that brave the climb will be greeted by views the likes of which can only be seen at over 9,600 feet up. USA Today lists it as one of their most incredible fall foliage hikes.
Totaling at just over two miles in length, the Mineral Point Trail is an awe-inspiring hike in the Sandpoint Ranger District. Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful in the area, hikers will experience easy grades and pretty wildflowers. Nature lovers will enjoy every moment of this adventure.