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    Nathan Meeker reviewed Taylor Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    I couldn't find much of anything about this hike so I wasn't sure what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised when it was all said and done. I would suggest making it a loop going up the Taylor Mountain trail outside of Driggs to the top of Taylor Mountain, connecting onto the Coal Creek Trail, and returning via the Moose Creek Trail. The hike up Taylor mountain is steep uphill with some great high mountain meadows and virtually no-one else. This part of the hike gets a 10 for solitude. I did not see another person until we were descending Taylor Mountain at 3.5 hours in. As you are getting somewhat close to the top of Taylor Mountain the trail disappears in a meadow. Just traverse the meadow going roughly NE towards a scree and boulder pile. As you approach the boulder pile you will see the trail to your right ascending into the trees. The view from Taylor Mountain is great, it's steep down from there to coal creek and down coal creek for the most part. When you connect on to Moose Creek you have to cross it and it was half way to my knee in early September. Bring something to cross the creek with and it will be no problem. You can make some good time going down Moose Creek back to the Trail head. There are better views on hikes but you can't beat the solitude so it gets 5 stars for me and I'll definitely be doing this again.

    Nathan Meeker completed Taylor Mountain Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

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    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker reviewed Stinking Springs

    almost 2 years ago

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    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker reviewed Thousand Springs Trail and Castle Lake

    almost 2 years ago

    This is an ok hike and a good hike for those in the Rexburg area. The hike is fully in trees and is a multi-use trail. I was the only hiker but ran into a couple of motor bikes and a couple of four wheelers. Only wildlife I saw were cows and there were some flies but they didn't mess with me. Castle Lake is a bit of a disappointment as it is more of a small pond with a lot of grass in it. Overall, hike was easy only climbing just over 1,000 feet. You have to travel a ways on dirt forest service roads to get to the trail head. The 10 mile hike out and around Castle Lake was just ok but worth a few hours on a Saturday morning to get out in nature if you don't want to go a long way from home.

    Nathan Meeker completed Stinking Springs

    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker completed Alaska Basin Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker completed Moose Creek and Moose Lake

    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker completed Table Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker reviewed Cascade Canyon to Paintbrush Trail Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    One of the best single day hikes I've done. I would recommend beginning at the Leigh Lake trailhead and going up Paintbrush Canyon then down Cascade Canyon. You'll see three lakes (Holly, Solitude, & Jenny). The paintbrush divide (8 miles in) was my personal favorite spot along with inspiration point (18 miles in). The first 8 miles is all climbing with the steepest climbing as you reach Paintbrush divide. You cross a snow bank and have a small scramble around a corner of the switchback as you reach the top. That was enough excitement for me but then you reach the top and it's definitely worth it. It's all downhill from there with the most demanding downhill as you descend to Lake Solitude. Once past Lake Solitude the trail is more gradual downhill and you can really make some time cruising down Cascade Canyon. My Garmin clocked in at just over 8 hours with my moving time being just over 7 hours. I started at 10:30 and finished at 6:30 but I would recommend starting earlier. I saw no wildlife except two trail runners who I thought were crazy for running this trail. I will try and do this every summer, it was amazing!

    Nathan Meeker saved Upper Palisades Lake Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker saved Cascade Canyon Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker completed Cascade Canyon Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker completed Meadow Lake to the Lemhi Divide

    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker completed Upper Palisades Lake Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Nathan Meeker saved Alaska Basin Trail

    almost 2 years ago

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    almost 2 years ago