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Backpacking Idaho Paperback – Mar 5 2004

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Showcases 33 diverse "backpacker friendly" trips Aug. 7 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good descriptions, do more research April 3 2008
By Robert R. Jacobson - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.
Highlights of Idaho backpacking April 23 2015
By Biology teacher - Published on
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This guide list 24 hikes in detail, and an addition 9 are briefly covered. Each is accompanied by a sketch map indicating connecting trails, water, switchbacks and camping sites. Ratings of scenery, solitude and difficulty, and distance, duration, and elevation gain are listed numerically at the very beginning. Time of year when open, and when best to visit, are given with brief rules, contacts, permits required, USGS maps. Then there is a brief summary of the pros and cons. Detailed directions on getting to the trailhead follow. There is a short introduction and then a detailed description of the trail -- longer than average and with embedded tips. For multi-day tripls there is a possible itinerary listed, and variations are given.
I haven't yet tried any of the described trails, so can't comment on the accuracy.