By Douglas Lorain
A nearly undiscovered backpacking paradise, Idaho has various desolate tract components of mind-boggling measurement. Backpackers can locate whole solitude, flora and fauna, and a few of North America's most eminent surroundings. Idaho's mountains additionally boast nice weather—fewer thunderstorms than the primary Rockies, much less rain than Oregon and Washington, and cooler summer season temperatures than California. Backpacking Idaho takes you to what writer Doug Lorain calls a "Shangri-la" for backpackers. within the craggy Selkirk Mountains you'll locate lush forests, small cirque lakes, and jagged granite peaks. look forward to ospreys, river otters, and belted kingfishers within the fast Selway River. discover countless numbers of miles of trails within the lightly rolling forested hills in north-central Idaho, or head to Hell's Canyon, the private gorge in North the US, the place you'll locate either alpine tundra and cactus-studded desert.
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Spring and fall are the most comfortable seasons for a visit. 26 Backpacking Idaho While the absence of trees creates one problem, it is the presence of a different plant that creates another. Poison ivy is common in the stream canyons and can be hard to avoid. Hikers should consider carrying one of those new soaps or creams designed to block the plant’s rash-producing toxin. A final concern is that the canyons are prone to flash floods. Thunderstorms, especially in the summer, occasionally bring large volumes of water down Union Falls, Yellowstone National Park, these narrow defiles.
HOW TO GET THERE INTRODUCTION The St. Joe River is unquestionably one of the most beautiful rivers in Idaho (or anywhere else, for that matter). Its crystal-clear waters flow through a densely forested canyon of lush vegetation that surrounds the hiker in a landscape of every UPPER ST. JOE AND CLEARWATER RIVERS 51 conceivable shade of green. If the surrounding scenery weren’t enough, the river’s cool waters hide lots of large plump trout making the stream one of the country’s best fly-fishing rivers.
28 Backpacking Idaho Often the name of what is clearly a single chain of mountains changes for no better reason than that a highway happens to cross the range. One continuous series of peaks, for example, goes by the name Big Hole Mountains in the north, is called the Snake River Range in the middle, and mysteriously changes again to become the Salt River Range in Wyoming. Regardless of what you call them, these mountains are crucially important wildlife habitat, because they provide a corridor of wild land that connects the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the north with the mountains of southern Wyoming and northern Utah.