Alpine Climbing

The Best Alpine Climbing Trails in Idaho (United States)

9 trails

Photo of Mackay, Idaho - USGS Peak Photo of Ketchum, Idaho: Devi's Bedstead East Photo of Mackay, Idaho: Mount Church from Jones Creek
  • Mackay, Idaho - USGS Peak

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Mackay, Idaho (United States)
    Distance
    10.26mi
    Elevation +
    5325f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo ofMackay, Idaho - USGS Peak Photo ofMackay, Idaho - USGS Peak Photo ofMackay, Idaho - USGS Peak

    USGS did not hit the 12,000 feet mark by a hair. But it is an enormous mountain, with more prominence than other 12'rs So few people climb it and the summit offers fantastic views. The route is class 3, and if the pla...

  • Ketchum, Idaho: Devi's Bedstead East

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Triumph, Idaho (United States)
    Distance
    9.46mi
    Elevation +
    4931f
    TrailRank
    27
    Photo ofKetchum, Idaho: Devi's Bedstead East Photo ofKetchum, Idaho: Devi's Bedstead East Photo ofKetchum, Idaho: Devi's Bedstead East

    DBE is not the highest peak in the Pioneers, but it towers over the Trail Creek valley. It is a beautiful sight, and it begs to be climbed. The route starts up the Boulder Creek trail, easy and well maintained. The cr...

  • Mackay, Idaho: Mount Church from Jones Creek

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Mackay, Idaho (United States)
    Distance
    4.48mi
    Elevation +
    4767f
    TrailRank
    26
    Photo ofMackay, Idaho: Mount Church from Jones Creek

    The south face of Mount Church is an almost vertical cliff visible from the road. The problem is that the north face is pretty much as steep. On paper, the hike does not look too bad: 4.5 miles one way, 5000 vertical ...

  • Ketchum, Idaho: Standhope peak

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Cliff (historical), Idaho (United States)
    Distance
    12.11mi
    Elevation +
    4551f
    TrailRank
    26
    Photo ofKetchum, Idaho: Standhope peak Photo ofKetchum, Idaho: Standhope peak Photo ofKetchum, Idaho: Standhope peak

    This is a very scenic peak, surrounded by beautiful alpine lakes, and an excellent viewpoint of the Pioneer mountains. The hike is class 3, it requires a little climbing, so you need to feel comfortable in that type of t...

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  • Stanley, Idaho: Snowyside peak

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Sawtooth City (historical), Idaho (United States)
    Distance
    8.79mi
    Elevation +
    164f
    TrailRank
    26
    Photo ofStanley, Idaho: Snowyside peak Photo ofStanley, Idaho: Snowyside peak Photo ofStanley, Idaho: Snowyside peak

    The trail to Alice Lake is very popular because this is one of the pretties lakes in Idaho. The hike to Snowyside is long, but very neat. After Alice Lake the trail runs high above Twin Lakes to reach the saddle below...

  • Arco, Idaho: Diamond Peak

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Lone Pine, Idaho (United States)
    Distance
    5.73mi
    Elevation +
    4022f
    TrailRank
    19

    Among the Idaho 12ers, this is the only one that provides a nice, scenic climb on a ridge and steady calls 3 climbing on decent rock. Depending on the capabilities of the vehicle, there is a suitable camping spot at 8...

  • Stanley, Idaho: Castle Peak

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Obsidian, Idaho (United States)
    Distance
    5.74mi
    Elevation +
    4245f
    TrailRank
    19

    Castle is an impressive mountain that you cannot miss, because it is the huge chunk of rock visible from the Sawtooths. And the walls to the Southwest make it seem unapproachable. Fortunately, that chute on the South fac...

  • MacKay, Idaho: Lost River Peak

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Mackay, Idaho (United States)
    Distance
    2.39mi
    Elevation +
    4485f
    TrailRank
    14

    Lost River has a bad reputation because it includes the infamous Super Gully, and ugly pile of slippery scree. For that reason some prefer a snow climb. But in truth only the very top of the Super Gully is bad, so this i...

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