About Scott Marchant

Scott Marchant reading a trail map, black and white imageWhile attending college in Nevada, I discovered my passion with the high mountains and natural world. I have lived in Idaho since 2003, and founded Hiking Idaho in 2008 while residing in Stanley.

The mission of Hiking Idaho is simple – to research, write and publish the finest Idaho hiking guidebooks in order to provide fellow hikers with accurate and inspiring backcountry information.

In the last 7 years, I have hiked thousands of miles and published four hiking guidebooks for central and south Idaho.

I hike each mile on every hike in the Hiking Idaho guidebooks. One of the great rewards of traveling all of the routes is that I can learn the landscape intimately – what makes one canyon or mountain different from another, and how they may be similar. As a result, readers will find descriptions of topography, vegetation, scenery and wildlife, all based on experience.

My hope is that others will see these remarkable places and come to understand the perspective that our natural world provides, then help to preserve and protect out public lands.

I live in Boise and when not exploring the backcountry, strive to keep up with my four children.

One of my favorite mantras is from the 20th-century poet, T.S. Eliot:

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all exploring will be to arrive where we started…and know the place for the first time.”

Scott Marchant hiking in the woods