We all dread the weather when it turns icy. Options for outdoor activities that don’t include skis, snowshoes, sleds, or tubes are limited once the snow falls in earnest. Why not get out while the weather is so agreeable?

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There are some excellent trails nearby to get in a few extra steps before you have to wear ice cleats to go anywhere. If you have a dog, throw them in the cute sweater, grab some poop bags and get going.

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If you’re looking for an easy walk, consider these locations:

  • Clyde Thomsen Loop - This little stroll is great for families. It’s a paved 15-minute walk perfect for wheelchairs and strollers with a playground to boot.
  • Old Towne Rock Creek Parkway - This paved walk takes people through the Twin Falls along Rock Creek. There are plenty of benches to sit on and picnic spots to enjoy.
  • Snake River Canyon Rim Trail - Our little buddy is a bit over 12 miles long. This does not have to be taken all in one shot. Enjoy the paved walkways and wonderful views.
  • CSI Fitness Trail - Plenty of chances to smile and wave on this popular walk. The loop is over a mile and has fitness options all along the way for an extra workout.

For a bit of a moderate hike, try these trails:

  • Auger Falls Park Loop - It’s a 4-mile loop that will take about an hour and a half. There are chances to encounter some wildlife in quieter moments, so keep an eye or leash on the pups.
  • Perrine Coulee Falls - Try a trip to see some falls. It’s a 2-mile easy hike and you may want to avoid getting wet as the temperatures are dipping.
  • Pillar Falls Trail - This one can be steep, but the hike isn’t too tough, about a mile and a half.
  • Dierkes Lake Trail - A short trip past Dierkes and Hidden Lakes, there are a few stairs and some boulders to crawl around.
  • Mogensen Trail - Hike with the family for a couple of miles and pass directly under the Perrine Bridge
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Take A Hike Day is November 16th. Celebrate and get moving outside while you still can. Who knows when going for a walk will take booties and a jacket for the pooch and thermal underwear for you.

Hiking Safety Tips

Before you head off on your hike, let's go over a few tips to help keep you safe. It's best to be overprepared than underprepared, especially when it comes to your safety.

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Idaho Named One Of Best Hiking States In The Country

After previously being unmentioned as one of the top hiking states in America, Idaho has climbed (pun intended) the list and now cracks the Top 15!

It's not alone, either. Many of the surrounding states have made the list, as well. So, if you're living in Boise or the Treasure Valley you never have to travel far to find some of the best hiking in the country, even if you want to escape the state.

Here are the Top 12 States For Hiking In The Country. Get your best trail boots on, and let's check out the list.

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