Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Caribou National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Leaves are dropping, first day of fall feels like the first day of fall

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.

Very fun easy hike! Great views and well maintained. Just watch for traffic on the narrow trails.

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.

This trail is ALMOST an EASY... the last .3 of a mile gets REALLY STEEP! That’s the only downside! About 60% of the trail was shaded by the trees. The creek was always babbling next to you and some of the views are stunning. ALMOST as advertised... be aware beginners that the ending may surprise you.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty good hike. I would recommend always having a map of the trail as it is not clearly marked. If you go clockwise per earlier review head right at the fork - it will say middle. I would recommend going counter clockwise. There is a killer Hill with all the elevation gain that we walked up in the middle of the day. That half also has the least shade. If you go counterclockwise you hit the open areas in the early part of your hike and are descending the massive hill. At the bottom veer left to stay on trail. The rest is mostly shaded in the woods with minor elevation gains. There are also creek crossing where your kids will get wet and love it. Much better the last half of the hike.

I absolutely love this trail. I use it all the time with my family and our dog. It’s the perfect place for biking or hiking. There are trailheads for flatter, easier hikes or steeper, uphill climbs for a great view of Pocatello and the mountains!

Fun scenic trails just hard to get out of others way with a stroller

Very pretty scenery. Not super wide trails so hard to get out of the way of bikers or to let others pass.

Beautiful in May!!!

hiking
5 months ago

My family loves this short hike, and has done it many times. It’s easiest to do clockwise. Trail is hard to find in some spots, but nothing that would get you lost. We have taken horses too. Worth giving a try if in the area.

Excellent trails for hiking along the creek. It's really well maintained by officials and citizens alike and very clean. I didn't see a single bit of trash the entire time. The bridges are amazing and very nice. Pocatello is a gem for things like this and it's nice to explore a trail so nicely put together.

highly used

Beautiful trail. Especially in the fall with the leaves changing colors. First section on the city creek trail really awesome colors. The upper portion, the loop, has good views of Pocatello.

Lots of runners on lower trail, and a handful of MTB on upper. BTW would recommend for xcountry riding.

Great workout!

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nice and easy hike

trail running
Thursday, July 06, 2017

FUn and fairly easy run. Gravel road the whole distance that is well kept and well used. Very beautiful route and the river portion of this run is gorgeous.

Nice trail didn't see any bikes or motorcycles four wheelers lots of trees very scenic pond was nice make sure to bring insect repellent.

hiking
Friday, June 02, 2017

This was a great trail! There was a lot of uphill climbing that could be difficult for some. The first part of the hike is shaded with lots of little creeks running along the trail. We didn't finish the hike because we ran out of water so I would suggest bringing lots with you. There are lots of wild flowers and great views! It often looked like a scene taken from the sound of music. we had both a dog on a leash and kids with us and they did great. There were a lot of bikers and four wheelers so you need to be carful for those. Also, the road to the trail is a long, narrow, dirt path. If you have a lower car I would not suggest driving on it. we were in a van and we're fine but we had to pass many rvs and it was very scary to do with the narrow roads.

hiking
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pretty scenic!
Great for different modes of hiking.

Nice trail. Turned around from bad weather coming in. The little pond was a great place to stop and have a snack

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Nice hike, BEAUTIFUL in the fall time.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

We were looking for Elkhorn Peak - didn't find it. (Not the first time anyway!!).

Really great views and , loved the shade of the trees in the morning part of the hike! Wasn't huge on sharing the trail with a lot of 4 wheelers, atvs, and motor cross bikes because of the noise and dust but overall we enjoyed it. We were able to do it with two young kids and a dog. Definitely a family friendly one!

I've been coming here since I was little so I may be a bit biased, but this place is gorgeous. Aside from the beautiful and plentiful hiking/biking trails, there's camping and picnic areas plus a gorgeous scenic overlook.

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

My wife and I hiked about 4.5 miles each way on this trail, so not to the top of Scout Mountain, but far enough to enjoy some amazing scenery and views. The trail is in quite good condition in most areas. It's a bit rocky for hiking in some spots, but they are passable, and few and far between. We enjoyed it enough to want to hike it again this summer, but this time to the top!

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Nice casual hike. Saw a couple of mountain bikers.

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Beautiful hike, although VERY uphill in parts. Quite enjoyable though.

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