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Backpacking Idaho [Paperback]

Douglas Lorain

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March 5 2004 Backpacking
A virtually undiscovered backpacking paradise, Idaho has numerous wilderness areas of mind-boggling size. Backpackers can find complete solitude, wildlife, and some of North America's most outstanding scenery. Idaho's mountains also boast great weather - fewer thunderstorms than the central Rockies, less rain than Oregon and Washington, and cooler summer temperatures than California. Backpacking Idaho takes you to what author Doug Lorain calls a "Shangri-la" for backpackers. In the craggy Selkirk Mountains you'll find lush forests, small cirque lakes, and jagged granite peaks. Watch for ospreys, river otters, and belted kingfishers in the swift Selway River. Explore hundreds of miles of trails in the gently rolling forested hills in north-central Idaho, or head to Hell's Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America, where you'll find both alpine tundra and cactus-studded desert.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press (March 5 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899973469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899973463
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,134,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Showcases 33 diverse "backpacker friendly" trips Aug. 7 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Idaho has more than four million acres of designated wilderness, impressive mountains, beautiful desert canyons, and adventuresome rivers. All of this spectacular Idaho scenery is perfect for nature-loving packbackers. Doug Lorain's Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks To Desert Canyons showcases 33 diverse "backpacker friendly" trips ranging from three day getaways to two week extended excursions. Backpacking Idaho lays out routes in the Selkirk and Sawtooth mountains, the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area, the Continental Divide Trail, and in the Yellowstone National Park. Provided are trip summary charts with ratings for scenery, solitude, and degree of difficulty, as well as maps highlighting trail types, campsites, ranger stations, and elevation. If you are looking to personally experience Idaho's most memorable hiking opportunities, then you need a copy of Doug Lorain's Backpacking Idaho!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Multi-day Backpacking Idaho Guide May 20 2011
By CColeman - Published on
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This book is so well organized that it should be used as a template for other guide book writers. At the beginning of the book, there is an excellent chart summarizing all the hikes by scenary, solitude, difficulty, days to complete, miles, elevation gain and time of year to hike. This makes it easy to narrow down the hikes you want to attempt! While these are somewhat subjective catagories, it is still useful to have the writers input, especially when you are planning a trip to a new location. All guide books should strive to be as organized and informative as this guide book! If you are going to hike in Idaho I highly recommend this book. (Review regarding 2010 version).
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good descriptions, do more research April 3 2008
By Robert R. Jacobson - Published on
I enjoyed reading the book and the authors comments on the area. I do suggest that you do more research however because I found out that the topo maps listed were off when comparing the the map in the book to the topo quads. As always it is better to be over prepared even for a short hike. This book should get you a start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Available Guide On Idaho Backpacking Trips May 1 2011
By Toolman - Published on
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Idaho backpacking trips are listed and graded by area, time of year (based on snow melted off) difficulty and length. This is very helpful. Detailed descriptions are provided, along with helpful hints. Some of the trips are very long and difficult (50 miles or more). Others are a bit more tame.

Overall a good selection of trips to take, and the author tried to give the ones he feels represent the best of each region of the state.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For multiple day hike Oct. 9 2008
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This is a great book with a lot of great hike. Thought the book is for "backpacking" meaning that all the hikes in it are about 3 to 5 day longs and therefore require some knowledge to do them safely. But it's a must have if you want to discover some of the great wilderness places we have in Idaho.

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