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This was a great hike with nice views. We ran out of water on the way up but refilled our bottles from the falls at the top. Only giving 4 stars because we went too early in order to access the caves (too much snow at the top - June 10th, 2018)

Gorgeous trail!!! One of my favorites. Blankets of wildflowers and lush greenery in July.

Beautiful hike. Lots of shade. Bring a jacket for the cave

The cave is even more impressive than you imagine. When we went, the wildflowers were stunning. Highly recommended.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike and quick to get to. Hiked up with my daughter on my back and she loved the scenery. I wish we would of started earlier in the day. Beautiful weather until we reached the lake where it was windy and I should of brought my daughter a sweatshirt. Tons of horseflys!

As others have said, closer to 7 miles than the 5.3 stated here and elsewhere. Strongly recommend hiking poles for those going up to the cave - the last half-mile is a bit tricky. Beautiful and not crowded so well worth the drive.

12 days ago

Beautiful hike and views. The wildflowers were amazing. Saw a bull moose in the water when we got to Alduous Lake.

horseback riding
14 days ago

Location: Near Palisades Reservoir, Irwin, Idaho
Date: July 25, 2018
Riders: Jodie Mills, Cynthia Cox, Julie Hooks, Bob Deeter
Propose: Pack in supplies and water a 100 mile foot race in the area. Two Pack horses.
Trail: Safe enough for experienced horses, not for a timid rider or green or fat horse. Steep, Steep, Steep form the trail head to the top of Water Fall Canyon is 4.4 miles one way with a elevation gain of over 3200 feet. Great views all around. Still a little snow at 9200 feet. Perhaps the Sheep Creek Trail would have been better, longer but not as steep. I am sure the USFS has not done any trail maintenance in many years.

Awesome !!!

Trail is challenging after an about 4 mile ride to the trailhead on an unpaved, rough road. We had 10 hikers go up to the cave and back (ages 12 - 52) and this hike from the trailhead is 8 plus miles in length round trip so the 5.3 distance is way off. This is definitely a moderate+ hike for the occasional hiker up and down with a 1700 feet elevation gain. The biting horse flys on the hike made it aggravating but did not move this down to a four star hike. Would definitely recommend this hike when in the Teton area.

Definitely a 7 Mile hike! The cave is just wonderful. This is an absolute can't-miss!

Amazing hike, stunning views and cave, though definitely longer than the advertised length— I think it’s about 7-8 miles round trip.

very fun trail, wonderful vistas

Amazing hike! Absolutely beautiful. My gps tracked it at about 7.5 miles going up into the caves(not very far in the cave). When we did the hike, all the streams were dried up, so we didn't need any kind of water shoes...guess it just depends on how much rain there's been or what time of year it is. Also, if you want to explore the cave, bring headlamps & jackets! temperature felt like it dropped 30 degrees once we got in the cave. this is one of my faves!

hiking
24 days ago

I was fortunate enough to be able to do this hike with a group of great ladies. it did rain on and off the whole day. We put on our rain jackets and hiked on. The clouds hung over the mountains just enough to make the mountain look like it was in a mist. The fields of flowers were amazing. The colors were so vibrant.
We tracked the round trip mileage to the cave and back closer to 7 miles.

Beautiful hike for all ages. Using the map on this app to show our location on the trail was great to show the kids how far they had made it and how much left to go was really helpful.

hiking
28 days ago

Nice hike along Big Elk Creek. We took our dog and he was able to cool off in the stream along the way. My GPS measured 6.3 miles to the creek crossing and trail split to Siddoway Fork and Neeley Cove. Stream was still moving swiftly so we didn't attempt to cross. The trail also appears to cross the Big Elk Creek at about mile 5+, but there is an optional trail up along the cliffs on the north side of the creek. It is a good trail, although a little rocky. Didn't see any animals, but there are plenty of wild flowers. Still, watch out for thistles!

This is a great hike with beautiful scenery and plenty of covverage to keep you out of the sun for most of the trail. There are plenty of spots to camp between Lower and Upper Palisades with a few between Upper Palisades Lake and Waterfall Canyon.

great trail for kids

Unbelievable hike!!! Did this yesterday with my family of five—three teenage boys. Reasonably challenging but doable for individuals that only hike periodically. Wildflowers were beautiful. Trails well-maintained. Views of the surrounding mountains, streams, and waterfall gorgeous. Last 1/2 mike challenging but worth it.

Long drive down a gravel road to get the trail head. No cell phone service on the trail so plan accordingly.

gr8 wild flowers at top

This is a great family hike. We made it all the way to the back of the wind cave with our kids (9, 6, and 3 years old) and an excited German Shepherd. Our family loved this hike with countless wild flowers, a waterfall, and the wind cave. You're supposed to keep your dog on a leash. But don't be surprised to see other people not following the rules. Our dog was one of three out of probably 30 dogs that was on a leash. A minor frustration for those of us that are constrained to following rules.

I absolutely loved this trail it’s well kept and absolutely gorgeous there are so many flowers and out look spots! And it’s not a hard hike. I would do this hike over again:)
You do need head labs and so water shoes or another pair to change into( you do have to cross some water and my feet out soaked)

Overall this was a pretty hike and camp but a few warnings: the bugs were absolutely terrible and gps had a hard time getting me there. I live in Idaho Falls and two different ways, gps wanted me to turn on a road that was private property. It was a struggle but I figured it out. Parking is good and the trail is well maintained but my goodness I have never seen so many horse flies and mosquitoes and this is coming from someone that grew up on a horse farm with mosquito breeding ponds. I was covered in spray and it didn’t help. My poor dogs have blood blisters all over them from all the bites. The entire hike we were just in a swarm. It was hard to enjoy the hike. We then camped. There are really nice camping spots with tables, bear boxes, and fire pits. I lit a fire in hopes of getting rid of bugs. Nope. We ended up hiding out in the tent the rest of the evening. It was very pretty but I probably wouldn’t recommend to anyone until bugs are dead.

hiking
1 month ago

My family and I thought this was a pretty difficult trail. The whole time, you are walking up, up, up! During the hike up, it's quite beautiful. You'll be surrounded by gorgeous flowers and butterflies. The top has great views. Lastly, amongst the pretty flowers and butterflies were some pretty annoying and big flies, recommend bringing some bug spray.

Great hike!... fire wood is scarce for overnight trips.

Great wildflowers in early July. Hard end of moderate. Some parts of Trail like walking on marbles. Allow plenty of time. I was forced off the trail by a sheep stampede.

It’s a great hike with lots of scenery throughout and the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because when we went the water was too much to get across and actually go into the cave which was our main goal. I’m not sure if it’s because it was raining days before or if the snow was still melting but we could not enter the cave. This was in early July.

Amazing place to hike! The views are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

The hike itself was very pretty. A few spots where just off to the side of the trail had some major drop offs. I’d say kid friendly but not toddler friendly. If you go into cave take a headlamp and jackets. Inside the cave you have a few stomach crawls and eventually leads to a waterfall but to get to it you will need rock climbing gear. I would not take kids into cave, but would stop at the waterfall in the mouth of cave.

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