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.
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