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Great day hike. Definitely not hard. I ran into many ATVs and Dirt Bikes, they all asked what I was doing so obviously there aren't too many hikers that go there. Absolutely beautiful and lots of wildlife.

29 days ago

The road to the parking lot at the top is very rough. Four-wheel drive is highly recommended. There is snow now, so i would suggest parking at the bottom and hiking the rest. Its challenging but its worth it!

Lots of fun. A bit muddy around October but was very enjoyable. It’s sometime hard to see the trail when you hit the forest and lost of trees toppled over on the trail don’t help either but well worth it to get to the bottom. The waterfall is beautiful and fun to walk around if you get get down next to them.
Defiantly would recommend for a fun time.

beautiful but hard to access

The views on this trail were sick once you got to and past the summit! I had a dope long run here. The ATVs made alot of dust which was annoying, but that didn't take away from the trail in and of itself. My only criticism is that the roads to get there are unpaved for over 12 miles, so not great on the car. Also if you go up and down the summit I'd say this trail is hard.

Fun September hike especially early in the day. Once you get to Mountaintop Road, there won't be any shade. I did this hike with a young Minischnauzer, which was just about as much as he could handle. I left the campground trailhead at 8:30 a.m. and got to the very top at 11:30 a.m. I was back down by the start of the trailhead at 1:30 p.m. So, altogether, a five-hour hike with some very short stops along the way.

Just don’t go with a young child or with a cold

Fun little hike. Park at the old ski lodge cabin a little ways before the trail head that this app will guide you to. The hike from that point is about 1 Mile longer than the one this app will lead you down, but it is wayyy prettier. Definitely worth the extra mile!

3 months ago

This is not the trail you want to go to. Luckily we were in a truck otherwise we wouldn't have made it to the trail head. Even still this trail was not for anything other that an ATV! Do yourself a favor and search for Packsaddle Lake Trail. You access from the North and both the road and trail into the lake are much better! This one should have some description to note that access is very difficult. Once we made it to the trail head we found out we could at least drive out another way heading west so that we didn't have to travel out on the same road (still rough but 10X better). The forest service has pushed up berms along the Eastern access road to help with water run off, but you will high center your vehicle of you don't have a good bit of clearance! Please be careful if using this trail and again search for the Packsaddle Lake trailhead that accesses from the North. It will make your trip much less stressful!

I've been mountain biking a few times on this trail. It is super fun and when you get to falls, it can be fun to follow the trail down to the actual waterfall (but be careful!). the trails are super bumpy and washed out. but all in all a really great experience! :)

Many moments of solitude on Scout Mountain.
The occasional sound of other campers in the distance was a nice gleam of mentioning others’ presence.
Gentle sights of wildlife and plant life, with an enjoyable glow of sunsets and sunrises.
Camp space was well-laid and cozy. Big enough for two large tents, while small enough to push for some nice walk and exploration of the area.

3 months ago

Lake was beautiful! Trail was not great at all. Our gps took us to the atv trail on the east side. Found out after our very dusty climb that there was better access to the lake on the north side. We ended up hiking closer to 3 miles.

The trail starts on a dirt road and once you are going down the mountain there are 5 or 6 smaller trails that finger off. At the destination it’s really small and disappointing I would never do This hike again

Beautiful and fairly easy hike. Four stars simply because I prefer trails that don't allow motorcycles on them. Bikes are ok. Views from the top were excellent. Also, nice that it is near Pocatello. Nice wildflowers and didn't see much wildlife.

Other than being confused most of the time about which direction to go, this is a pretty nice hike. This site says it's mostly a mountain biking trail but I didn't see any. The trail is mostly an ATV road and has a lot of forks. That being said we ran into A LOT of ATVs. There were even some kids who had driven down to the dam and were shooting guns in the direction of the hiking trail.. we had to yell and scream to make ourselves known. If that wouldn't have happened I would have given it 5 stars because this is a fun area to explore.

4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Rough road but as long as you’re in a 4 wheel drive you should be just fine. We had two kids with us and it was a blast. The lake was fun for the kids to swim in and cool off. We will definitely be back!

4 months ago

We couldn’t even make it to the hike! The trail to get to the hike requires an ATV or off road vehicle. We parked our SUV at the point where we could no longer drive the trail (about 1.9 miles from the beginning of the trail), and tried to hike in. It was fairly steep, and so many mosquitos that were constantly attacking, even though we had on bug spray. We didn’t even make it to the trail head! (We had 4 kids with us). I’ve been told there is another way to get in, but it doesn’t show on AllTrails. Unless you have an ATV, don’t try this.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Nice, quick trail. You’re pretty much exposed to the sun the entire trail though. Great for summer evening rides and nice views

Great climb and fast down, overall great cardio!! Best part, no else around!!

Fun and easy hike! Snow is gone and there are lots of bugs, but it was a great evening hike and didn’t take long at all.

I’m not sure why this is saying the hike is only one mile??? We tried the hike on Memorial weekend and couldn’t go past a mile because of high water. We did encounter one moto biker. I think during summer one could cross the creek and make it up to the basin. Not sure how far that would be. We did hike up Driveway Canyon for a ways but not far enough to be impressed.

I LOVED this trail. Beautiful area. It's a fairly easy hike on the way to the waterfall. However, there were a few points where the road would fork off and we weren't sure which route to take. If you have the whole day it would be fun to explore, but if your limited on time (we did the hike late in the day) I would suggest using the map Alltrails provides to get there quicker. I would like to note that this trail is also utilized by dirt bikes, 4 wheelers, etc. It was pretty quiet when we went, but I'm sure it gets busy with them bc the trails were pretty awesome. Also, the hike back was primarily uphill. If you have younger kids, it gets a little tough for them. But overall it was an awesome hike and we plan to go back again soon

Beautiful view, just thought there would be a spring, but nope!

Really a fun trail to hike. I would suggest going in June or July. I went in mid April and there was still snow on the road up, so I had to hike an extra 1.5 miles just to get to the trail. Also, around the loop it gets hard to see where the trail is, just FYI.

DONT GO HIKING HERE YET. We made it most the way up the mountain but the whole way up, there’s was still TONS of snow even though it was 75 degrees outside!! It looks deceiving haha, it starts out pretty dry but then get snowy real quick. We didn’t make it down to the lake, but from the view we had of it, it looked frozen still. We also had to park quite far from the trailhead because there was a huge puddle covering the road and we couldn’t drive through it in our little Subaru crosstrek. I’m sure this would be a great hike in July when the snow has melted but for now I’d hold off unless hiking through 2 feet of snow is your kinda thing! There was a beautiful view at the top but I don’t think frozen and bleeding legs from repeatedly sinking in the deep icy snow is worth it.

7 months ago

We got 5.4 miles away from the trail head in our little Toyota Camry and there is a large hill that is basically a mud hill. I went half way up but started to slide. Maybe I’ll bring a 4x4 next time

This is a fun little trail and it's a pretty good workout. There are a few things you should look out for though. It gets MUDDY, so don't go for a few days after it rains, and the trail is pretty hard to distinguish in places because of washout and fallen trees so make sure you really know where you are.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

The hike there is beautiful, it's a little difficult to get down to the lake but worth it. There was quite a bit of people there already when I went (during summer of 2016)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Well marked and completely clear. Beautiful view of snake river. A great fall hike.

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