Pete Zimowsky: Readers submit their best views in Idaho

pzimowsky@idahostatesman.comOctober 3, 2013 

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You can drive to a lot of great views in Idaho like this one in the Pioneer Mountains, east of Sun Valley.

PETE ZIMOWSKY — pzimowsky@idahostatesman.com

Picking the 10 best views in Idaho was kind of a foolhardy, impossible endeavor.

If you saw last week’s story in Idaho Outdoors (Sept. 26), you immediately thought of a lot of other places that should have been mentioned.

The view of Lake Pend Oreille from Schweitzer Ski Resort, Lake Coeur d’Alene from any direction, or the impressive Lost River Range with Borah Peak.

I even started second-guessing myself before the story went to press.

Maybe I should have called it Idaho’s 100 best views. Not enough — maybe 1,000 best views.

Reader Phil Syrdal, of Sun Valley, said it best that Idaho’s views are “hard to match anywhere in the Lower 48.”

The story stirred up ideas for best views from readers, and now they’re on my list to go and see and photograph. Go out and enjoy them, too.

Here are some of their suggestions:

LOWER MESA FALLS

I think Lower Mesa Falls, on the old highway between Ashton and Island Park (in Northeast Idaho), is the best view.

HOWARD W. CLARK, Boise

FALLS CREEK

I loved today’s story on the best views of Idaho. The best waterfall in the state? There are many good ones, but my favorite is Falls Creek outside of Swan Valley (in East Idaho).

TOM OORD, email

MOUNT BORAH

U.S. 93 at Willow Creek Summit looking south toward Mount Borah and Thousand Springs Valley.

JOHN FRIEND, Boise

SUMMIT CREEK

A view certainly competitive with your deserving selections is that from the top of Summit Creek (northeast of Sun Valley) as one looks into the dramatic iron and copper backside of The Devil’s Bedstead and over the rutting grounds in the valley below.

The hike up is accessible, rated “easier,” and follows just 3 miles along the pristine, babbling and wallow-studded Summit Creek with beaver ponds and many beautiful open meadow picnic sites along the well-groomed path.

The payoff at the end of this short hike is, simply put, spectacular, almost humbling. One is not only filled with the view, but surrounded by rocks full of magic sparkling silica.

The other incredible view is massive and spectacular, but a tougher hike, again into the Pioneers, to Pioneer Cabin southeast of Sun Valley.

PHIL SYRDAL, Sun Valley

SELKIRKS

The view from the outhouse of Shorty Peak in the Selkirk Mountains in the Panhandle National Forest of Idaho.

DAVID TAYLOR, Coeur d’Alene

MISSED NORTH IDAHO

Beautiful, but the headline was misleading. You totally dissed the part of the state north of the 46th parallel.

SAM A. BACHARACH, Fairfax, Va., formerly of Clearwater County

BEAUTY BAY

Evidently this photographer didn’t go to northern Idaho, which I believe is the most beautiful part of the state, and I’ve seen most of it.

There are so many lakes and mountains that make outstanding pictures. A very famous photographer stated years ago that Beauty Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene was the most photogenic view he had ever seen.

Next time you travel the state for exceptional pictures, don’t ignore the Idaho Panhandle.

CLARICE WRIGHT, Boise

SAWTOOTH FRONT

The view of the Sawtooth Front from the hills behind Stanley. After all, what are the mountains without the valleys. Here’s another one: Coming back out of Fourth of July Creek in the White Clouds looking out at the Sawtooth Mountains.

COPPER W. CHADWICK, Boise

SOUTH FORK BOISE

The South Fork of the Boise River as seen on the road to Prairie (east of Boise) is one of my favorite scenes. Each time I make the trip to Prairie, I have to stop and admire the scenery.

DENISE HUGHES, Caldwell

CUSTER MOTORWAY

Consider the view from Mill Creek Summit on the Custer Motorway (north of U.S. 12). It’s worth the time to stop and take a picture.

TERRY FITZGERALD, Boise

Well, start planning your summer trips to take in these views in addition to the ones I wrote about last week.

Enjoy!

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors

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