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Nancy Sparling
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Hiking

Such a beautiful hike. The 3-4 mile drive in from the main road seems to take forever. You will need a car with high clearance. Very rocky! Only 1 other person there on a beautiful day! First miles of the hike are a breeze and so enjoyable. The last bit up to the lake is quite rocky, but well marked. We picnicked away from the lake due to gnats. I don’t think they bite tho not sure!! Very remote - no cell service and no people - so be prepared. Would be easy to trip during rocky part if you don’t pay attention! A truly gorgeous hike!!

Alex Block
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Hiking

Trail 641 on the way back is a dead end at the lake. Start on 640 and follow to the water fall. There is a water crossing about 1’ deep, but there are logs to walk on. Bring hiking sticks for balance if available. Beautiful hike and definitely worth it. Many mosquitoes so bring bug spray.

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Hillary McReynolds
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HikingBugsGreat!

Really pretty hike! So much fun. Steep in the beginning but gets earlier. The road there isn't the best. I'd advise an SUV or truck.

Dana Wood
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Hiking

We did this hike today knowing very little about it. We had been camping up Bear Creek and a friend mentioned the lake to us. We drove our ATV to the trail head and started up not having any idea how far it was and, because it’s not marked at the trail head, not even sure if we were on the right trail. We met a few motorcycles headed down on our way up and found out we were in fact going the correct way. My phone tracked 5.8 miles round trip. It was a nice trail, pretty steep but lots of shade. We took our 13 year old nephew and our two boys (ages 4 and 5). Our small boys did very well especially having very little hiking experience. We did take several breaks on the way up and it took us just under 3 hours to get there and about 1.5 down. Great time. Would definitely do again.

Tori Ascends
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Short and sweet (and steep)- if your directions tell you to take Fish Creek Road, don't. Drive through Arco towards Mackay and take Antelope Road instead. We made it through Fish Creek in our 06 Outback, but it took 2 hours and I would not recommend without a higher clearance vehicle

Chesney R.
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Hiking

The trail itself was nice enough. The lake at the end is a terrific little alpine lake for such a short hike. A few things: 1) If you come to the end of the road and have parked immediately next to the creek, you missed the turn for the final stretch of road. Go back maybe 200 yards and look for another road splitting off to the south. 2) A high clearance, 4x4 vehicle is not at all necessary. This “rugged” road is 100% passable in a Honda Accord. I’ve seen a Prius make it through MUCH worse. 3) If someone starts bitching about how steep it is after the first 3/4 of a mile, rest assured... it doesn’t get any better. It’s not extremely steep, but it doesn’t let off until you’re at the lake. 4) 4.2 miles round trip is accurate 5) There are 3 stream crossings, not 2 6) Although this trial is open to dirt bikes, we (shockingly) didn’t see any. It’s clear that they’ve been there though - lots of excessive erosion, blown out corners, etc etc. We had the entire thing to ourselves on 4th of July weekend, but this is obviously not always the case. 7) Skip bringing a fishing pole. The F&G last stocked this lake is 1993; it appears that none of that population remains. I didn’t see a single rise, despite a plethora of aquatic insect activity. 8) Skies were blue when we started with great forecasts. Ended up being rained on 3 separate times, and hailed on once. This is the alpine; dress accordingly. 9) This was a nice little day hike. Glad I did it, but not worth doing again.

Patty Dold
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HikingBridge outOver grown

We hiked this trail on July 4th and found it to be in crowded and very moderate/easy. First miles are through pine forest then flower meadows with a beautiful view of the snow capped mountains. We encountered lots of butterflies and 2 antelope who crossed the trail. We started at 9:00. Trail is shaded sporadically except for the first/last 1/2 mile. Scrambled over the stream at 2 points: both times we found downed trees to cross. Besides the stream crossing, this is an easy hike. One steep 10 minute climb then mostly all flat. We started up the falls but found the vegetation to be too this for our liking. Found a nice spot by the lower falls to have a snack then headed back. For a longer hike, add Lady Face Falls on the hike back:access is off the main trail out and back. Overall was 11 miles.

Meg E
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Hiking

Great hike, it feels very alpine! Like everyone else said, it’s very steep, especially right at the start. There’s a little shade every maybe .2 miles - my dog appreciated that to catch his breath! Took us under 3 hours and we walked to whole way around the lake and hung out by the water for a bit. The trail around the lake is pretty easy to follow and not much elevation. Gorgeous views at the top but also on the hike up and down. Only passed 3 groups on the trail, two with dogs. Saw two groups camping around the lake, there’s plenty of good sites. The last five miles of road to the trailhead were pretty rough, but it only took us 2h15m from Idaho Falls when Google Maps said 2h45m. No signs of wildlife outside of small critters, fish and some cows on the road in.

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Shannon Christensen
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HikingBugsRocky

I loved this hike. It’s very easy to follow. There were some annoying gnats at the lake. But they weren’t to horrible. There was an easy rock boulder field to go through. It was easy to follow. This hike is a must!

Peter Stevens
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HikingBlowdownGreat!Snow

Prettiest hike that we've done in the area. Creek pretty full, lots of meadows (the one just before the steep ascent is amazing) and terrific views. The blowdown from the avalanches are oddly beautiful. A little muddy in spots but not an issue. Still some snow at the top of the ridge.

Dan Kendall
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BackpackingGreat!

First mile is no joke, it's steep! The whole way in is uphill but the first mile is pretty tough considering the elevation and how heavy our back packs were. The trail is heavily used to Iron Bog and if you decide to continue to Fishpole Lake it is lightly used but is more uphill fun. Both lakes and both ponds are beautiful. Definitely worth the hike. Fish weren't biting but the mosquitoes were. We had a blast!

Nicole Criddle
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Made it with my 4 and 7 year olds walking the whole way. Beautiful hike. Planning to backpack in and camp next time. Perfect way to spend the day.

Kerstin Taylor
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Hiking

Amazing!! Parts are very steep but our kids were able to do it, the youngest was 8 years old. Truly amazing and worth the climb! The road in to the trailhead is extremely rough. We road our atvs to the trailhead and it was a pleasant ride. It would be very slow going in a truck but doable.

Nicole Huff
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Starts off as a leisurely stroll, crosses over two streams (water levels were just at mid calf), the ascent up to the falls is straight up. It is manageable making the climb up; however, coming down was a bit stressful. Once you've made it to the top there is not much space to relax and to enjoy the scenery. From the base of the falls, it is difficult to get a good view of the falls as the vegetation is overgrown.

Jayson Schafer
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Hiking

Hiked this with girlfriend, a 10 year old girl and a 5 year old black lab on Saturday (June 13, 2020). Wasn’t really sure what to expect... travelled from Puyallup, Washington for the weekend to do a hike.... ugggggg. You’ll need at least an SUV or truck to get to the trailhead, really. A car can make it but the final narrow road to the actual trailhead is rough and tight. We actually parked about .5 miles down from the “trailhead” so that is calculated into this review. This trail is quite steep and rugged. But remember... our 10 year old made it (grumbling the whole way LOL). She’s a trooper. Trail was easy to follow. A few blow downs along the way that we had to maneuver... but not a big deal. The trail follows a creek almost the entire way.... so lotsa water available for the dog. (2 very easy crossings.... no wet feet) Trekked slow because the kid was dragging her feet and wanted to stop quite a bit. So it took us about 3 hours to reach the lake and my “MapMyRun” app clocked us at 3.5 miles exactly one way. It was cold at the top but stunningly beautiful. The lake is absolutely pristine and the towering rocks/cliffs/mountains surrounding are unbelievable. 7 mile round trip (not 4.something) You gotta do this hike!!!!!

Jason Greenberg
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Hiking

This is a great hike. About 3.8 miles from the trailhead. The most difficult part is getting there - 5 miles on a very tough road. I did it with my CRV but not sure I would recommend. We hiked it with my family (7 and 11 years old). On June 14 it was totally clear except for some snow patches. It did start snowing up at the lake level so we bolted back down pretty fast.

shelley perpall
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Hiking

Although this trail is pretty and peaceful, I only gave it 3 stars, because of the multiple toppled trees on the trail, a vert serious creek crossing at mile 3.5, an avalanche field at mile 6, and at least a dozen ticks on my clothes. Thank goodness I brought water shoes and wore pants. It also takes 1/2 an hour to drive in from the 21, so it’s a very long day.

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AM Robert
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HikingBugsFloodedMuddy

The views of the field of flowers on the backdrop of mountain peaks hiking the first 1-2 mi are really nice. The creek at about 2.8 mi in right now is too wide and deep for a safe crossing to the Bridal-veil Fall, so had to skip out - maybe hiking sticks would help if one doesn’t mind getting wet to above ankles. The sign for the Lady Face is so small and brown we missed going in, watched for the stacked rocks clues given by other hikers on the way back - hard to see the entire waterfall but is nice. Fell victim to lots of mosquitoes along the way - bring bug spray!! May be a better mid summer hike.

Andrew Swensen
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Hiking

We camped along the river near the trailhead in a clean and pleasant area with a table and fire pit. We arrived on May 8 2020 and we were probably one of the first up to this spot going into the season. We were able to follow the trail up to about the last half mile where you hit a bit of a wall to try and get over. We were in melting snow mounds and had to just pick our way up and over. The lake was still 90% iced over, which added to the beauty of this pretty lake. You have views of the back side of Borah and also Leatherman Peak during this hike. The stream is fast moving and noisy, which added to the pleasant environment. We had ages ranging from 6 up to age 47. Aside from the teenagers, none of us were super frail fit, bit we made it. There is a gain of 1700 feet over a distance of less than 2 miles, so the trail represents some physical challenge. But we’ll worth it!

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Connor Limburg
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HikingOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

I would rate this 5 stars since the canyon is beautiful but the snow cover during our hike made it very difficult. The snow cover started about half way up to the lake and the constant post-holing was frustrating and painful. The lake is frozen as of right now and the deepest snow cover is unsurprisingly up near Kane Lake. The trail gets lost with about a mile to the lake and then it is up to you to make your route to the lake through the thigh high snow. Would love to come back and try this again in a month or so. Our fault for hiking this trail so early in the season

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