Contemplating backpacking in the Sawtooths but clueless as to which alpine lake is the prettiest? Needing a tough workout on two feet but uncertain as to which nearby day hike will bust your legs and lungs the longest? You'll find the answers to these and many other questions about Idaho trails in one of several guidebooks written by local author (and BW contributor) Scott Marchant. The Day Hiker's Guide to Sun Valley and Ketchum will usher you through the Smokys and the Pioneers, while its Valley County counterpart (The Day Hiker's Guide to McCall and Cascade) will make sure you don't get lost when you stray from Highway 55. If you're northbound on Highway 21, well, good news: Marchant wrote one of these books about the Stanley area, too.
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