Explore the most popular Camping trails in Caribou-Targhee 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.

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6 days ago

They cut the swing down and the have removed a lot of signs, and google maps didn’t know of the detours to get there. The date was 11/10/2019 still beautiful and I hope someone rebuilds the swing.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail that's actually listed is a forest road. There is another trail at the top that I would suspect goes down to the lake.

I was wondering if we would find snow in mid October, but the sides were lightly dusted here and there. It was a beautiful fall hike. The river, the huge rock cliffs, the bridges, the leaves...it’s such a gorgeous trail. We had a 13 and 10 yr old, two 6 yr olds, and 3 yr olds and a baby in a front pack. The 6 year olds made it in and out (8 miles) completely on their own. The baby and three year old were carried on chests and backs.

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snow
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

A Little muddy in spots but really nice along the creek. Nice shade almost the whole trail.

Beautiful trail that is well maintained! Gorgeous views and lots of wildlife and a few cows. We had a great day!

Great trail along creek many places to stop and go down into mini waterfalls and swim spot for the dogs. I went with all three of mine went about 8 miles round trip lots of shade!

hiking
2 months ago

My wife and I hiked the trail from Moose Creek up the Taylor Mountain trail, and descended the same. In general it's a very well maintained trail. It's about as rigorous as Coal Creek, a steady rise of 2000 feet or more, depending on your objective. Ours was trying to reach as high as we could on a reconn hike of 2 hours up, and then turn around. The trail begins overlapping the very mellow Moose Creek trail, and then breaks off to the right with a well marked sign after about 10 mins. The trail then switchbacks through the forested lower slope of Taylor Mtn, and as it nears the ridge above you're rewarded with meadow views and flowers. Great views of Victor down below in the valley. As you head upward you enter lovely Aspen glens, and then break out into a glorious horseshoe view of Taylor and the ridges that gain it. The trail crosses the ridge and begins to pass below the peak. We chose to ascend the ridge, bushwacking towards the peak, in hopes of getting a look. We bushwacked to the top of the ridge, till we saw the saddle at top and final ridge climb when our 2 hour time clock ended. Word to the wise--once you leave the trail and bushack there are some serious sticker bushes that full length gaiters would assist. A lovely hike, some glorious views, and if our experience is common you'll see only a couple of other parties at max.

Upper lake is definitely a hike and camp, unless you're in really good shape. I thought I was and barely made it out, lol... cannot feel my legs or feet! Gorgeous hike and totally worth it.

Great trail. Lots of shade. Backpacked in and stayed the night and the weather was perfect! We tracked the hike to be 15 miles in and back. The only complaint is there is a lot of horse poo to avoid while hiking as it’s also a riding trail. But overall the scenery was incredible and the hike was just the right amount of challenging.

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rocky
2 months ago

Amazing amazing!!! Idaho did not disappoint. Very well kept easy terrain. Directions lead straight to parking. Trail easy to follow. I would call it a solid 5/10 in difficulty. The upper lake is stunning! We make it to the top in about 2h45m moving time. No bugs, all bridge crossings were up and good. Hike along the the river was really beautiful. Highly recommend!!!

I wouldn’t drive all the way out here just for this. It’s a short, leisurely stroll, at best.

hiking
2 months ago

A very nice simple trail. At times pretty narrow, but overall relaxing and simple. Great hike

Really easy hike. Most of the trail is walking on flat ground. The views, however, are some of the most gorgeous I have seen. I definitely recommend it!

This hike felt like quintessential Idaho, featuring all the very best of nature this beautiful state has to offer. Although I followed the marked trail precisely, my roundtrip was over 15 miles, a good couple of miles longer that what is indicated on AllTrails, so something to keep in mind as you plan your day. If you're not certain whether hiking the few miles beyond the Lower Palisades Lake is worth it, be assured that it absolutely IS. Upper Palisades Lake is the clearest, bluest lake I've ever seen and it almost felt like a little hidden tropical oasis at the top of a mountain. I spent a good 90 minutes there resting, refueling and just soaking in the pure calming peace of the scenery and sounds. This is an all-day hike, so be sure to carry plenty of water and food. Although the majority of the trail is through shaded forest, there's enough exposed areas to the sun that require being well-hydrated. And the climb to the Upper Lake is strenuous enough that you'll want to have some good protein and carbs to power up and then give you enough energy to make the trek back down. I can't say enough about this hike-- it will definitely be one I'll do again and again.

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rocky
2 months ago

great little hike. I did this with my wife and 2 little girls 8 and 3.

great hikeing trail with lots of places to camp

The trail died a couple times, follow any cairns you can see. There is two water crossings that we needed to take our shoes off for.

Amazing!!!

3 months ago

whoever broke the diving board and the rope swing I hope karma catches you! that shits not easy to make.

Great hike to a beautiful pair of lakes. Lots of traffic including horses.

We started on the trail about 5:30 PM with overnight backpacks. Arrived shortly after 9 pm Great trail. I loved the views. Upper lake was clean. Only reason I didn’t give it a five is I didn’t love dodging fresh horse manures all the way up the trail and at our campsite.

hiking
3 months ago

THEY TOOK DOWN THE ROPE SWING AND THE PINE DIVING BOARD (8/10/19)

This is a great hike but this is not the complete trail. To actually get to the top of Scout Mountain is 6.2 miles each way making for 12.4 round trip. Total elevation gain is right about 1,900 feet. But it is worth it as it has absolutely gorgeous views of Arbon Valley and McCammon area. You can see most of Pocatello from the top as well as all the way to American Falls!

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rocky
3 months ago

Nice and easy trail though long. It rained the other day so there were a few muddy patches, but nothing more than inch deep puddles. We started up about 7:50 and made it up by 11:15 just as it started to warm up. The scenery is pleasant and the lake is clear. All in all a wonderful day walk.

My route should be called Table Mountain via Pete’s Divide. Access is from Red Rock Rd. in Centennial Valley. Take Price Peet Road (#1805) passed Price Peet Divide to Pete’s Divide. The CDT passes thru here and it’s a campsite for thru hikers. Go north on the CDT. It’s fairly steep for 1.7 miles, gaining about 1,000 ft elevation. After 3.5 miles the trails opens up on a big valley. There is a “Rock Spring” trail sign. At this point depart the trail and head due North toward a group of trees on the ridge (see photo). Passage thru this area is not difficult. Sage and trees are fairly sparse all the way to the top. The first part of the hike is mostly in trees, but there is a nice view of the Centennial Valley at about 1.6 miles. The upper valley is a vary large meadow filed with wild flowers. The view from the ridge (Continental Divide) is of the south Centennial Valley and Lima Reservoir with Snowcrest and Gravelly Ranges in the distance.

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