Looking for a great trail in Challis National Forest, Idaho? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Challis National Forest ranging from 2 to 21 miles and from 5,187 to 9,937 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Great views. Easy elevation. Nice, secluded well-marked trail up to a spectacular ridge line.

great hike as always. trail is steep for the first 3/4 mile but great little hike

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail. We took our kids for the first time on an overnight backpacking trip. 1, 2, 4, 5, & 9. Let’s just say the trail is steep, but we made it! Took us about an hour and a half to get to our camp spot on iron bog on the West side. Sweet camping spots over there, lots of coverage from sun and wind, but scarce on wood... bring hatchet or saw. The pebble “beach” next to our camp spot was perfect! In warm weather it would be great for swimming or fishing.

Just like all the other reviews say, the trail is very easy until you get to the bottom of the falls. Before getting to the actual lookout (about 4.2 miles in), we saw a fork in the path turning right so we took it, thinking that was the way to get right up to the falls. After following the path straight up for another 50 min, it led us to the top of the falls, but off to its right. It was a great view, but we never got to feel the water.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike! Took me about 1:15 up and 45 down. Worth the drive - recommend SUV for the approach.

The trail is is easy to follow with all trails map. Some signs were gone, others just gave the direction to the location, no mileages were given. Dog friendly, and very steep, rocky trail with water crossing or water hiking for about a quarter of a mile. The forest was burned a few years ago. It had some young trees growing in the wetter areas.

This is a fantastic hike; the trail follows the creek the whole way so there’s plenty of water. It’s a gradual incline most of the way. Steeper at the end but very doable. The scenery is spectacular, especially the waterfall at the end, spewing out the rock. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. You might want to bring hiking booties for your dogs though because it’s crushed rock much of the way and may be tough on their paws. One word of caution; finding the trailhead was a bit challenging. The location indicated by this app was incorrect and Apple Maps took me to the wrong spot. The gravel road leading to the trailhead forks and the app has you take the right fork, but that’s wrong. Adding to the confusion is a poorly placed sign at the fork that says “trail” with an arrow that appears to be telling you to take the right fork. Don’t. Just. stay on the main gravel road till the end.

Moderate trail with multiple lakes along the route. I recommend using permethrin on your gear and clothes in addition to 25% Deet bug spray. Beautiful and usually good fishing along the way.

This hike is not for the weak of body or mind. It is very doable until you have to start the climb to Bridleveil falls... then it is steep, and slippery in parts and you literally have to hold on to rocks and tree roots to make it to the top. It is so steep at the falls that there isn’t even room to sit and really enjoy the beauty of the falls and what you have just accomplished. Wear good sturdy hiking shoes and bring lots of water. There isn’t any sign marking where you turn off the trail to start up to the falls so look for the fork in the trail and if you find yourself walking away from the sound of the water turn around and go back.

Stopped at the falls on our way to Sawtooth lake on a backpacking trip. Saw the falls from the trail and started the very steep climb up to the top. The trail to the actual falls is very steep and difficult. The falls are beautiful but difficult to get to.

hiking
21 days ago

*the road to get to the head of the trial is pretty rough* First time ever hiking and I went with a friend. The beginning took a lot out of me but again I am an inexperienced hiker and out of shape

hiking
27 days ago

Short little hike with some steep spots and an awesome lake to reward you.

Overall a steep hike, but we were with many new backpackers so multiple breaks were taken. Definitely worth the views! Beautiful but not much shade until you get to the lake. Great camping sites at both Iron Bog and Fishpole. We camped on the west side of Iron Bog. Lots of day hikers and people fishing, and unfortunately some trash to pick up including fishing line/hooks. No bugs while we were there. Overall highly recommend this destination.

Beautiful valley hike for much of the first half, underneath the Sawtooths. A steady but easy climb for the second half in really enchanting forest. Couldn’t actually see the waterfall but didn’t bother us!

It is amazing to me that this place isn't better known, because it is spectacular. On the other hand, it is not easy to get here, so you do need to be in good shape to make it (and to know exactly where you're going!). As others have noted, the hike back up the mountain is exhausting; I am pretty fit but had to briefly stop several times because of how steep the switchbacks are for several miles. Going down is a relative breeze. I was greatly aided by the reviews below and probably would not have found myself at Shower Bath had they not posted, so many thanks to those who came before me. I don't have too much to add, but here is my experience: You drive the 20 miles past the end of the pavement to get to the trailhead on your left. (Take note that when you reach the forest cabins on your right several miles in, the road diverges left and right. Go right around the cabins, not left!) As a reviewer below noted, the drive is rough, and I was glad to have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, even in August. It is helpful to plan your drive carefully with printed maps to ensure you don't take a wrong turn. The name of the road (086) changes, at one point being Twin Peaks Rd. and also Sleeping Deer Rd. Take note that there is one point late in the drive where Forest Road 068 veers off to the left, which might be confusing since you're on 086. Don't go left on FR 068 is what I'm saying. Anyhow, you'll come to the trailhead on the left and can manage to squeeze your vehicle either to the left or the right of the sign. The trail quickly starts switchbacking downhill. As the reviewer below noted, you will eventually get to the abandoned cabin on your left. At that point, make sure you take the trail to the right (there is a helpful sign telling you as much) and shortly after that you'll see the pond on your right. Keep going along Mahoney Creek. The trail crosses the creek at least four or five times, and in the summer it can be easy to lose it because the foliage grows so dense. Just forge through it. You'll reach Warm Spring Creek and a sign directing you to the left ("Trapper Creek"). Now, here's where I got tripped up. As you go left along Warm Spring Creek, the first bank you come to on the right side of the creek/river has a hot spring coming down the cliff face. When I got there, there were no pools, but I really wasn't sure if this was supposed to be Shower Bath. It is not; this is Sitz Bath. I built up the pools, which were ostensibly washed away from the time the reviewer five years ago built them up. I camped here for my first night, unsure if I had made it to my final destination. It was still lovely, although not the best camping spot because most of the bank is rocky gravel. The reason I didn't go further upstream at first was because the river was high and rushing -- I almost wiped out with my pack on my back because at points it was above my waist. I thought, "Geez, there's no way most people could actually forge up this way if this is how the river normally is." Fortunately, I was fairly convinced I hadn't made it to Shower Bath, so on the second day I took off my pack and reconned up the river very carefully. Sure enough I found Shower Bath about half a mile up. First you come to an extremely hot pool on your right that would be too hot to spend any time in (and which naturally has a lot of orange algae because of its extreme heat). Right after that one is Shower Bath, which is just glorious. Multiple springs rushing from the side of the mountain into several pools, some near the bottom, one up the face of the cliff that I dubbed the King Pool because it overlooks the other pools and the river, and some cooler ones nearby as well. I went back and got my pack, making my way up the river on a careful path of the shallowest and least dangerous parts (often crossing from side to side of the river narrows). You MUST have a walking stick or poles for this. There is a nice campsite right there at the base of Shower Bath (next to the warm stream that runs through it). However, a little further up the trail is a larger and wide open campsite as well, near yet another hot spring coming down the cliff face, so you might want to check it out and see which one you prefer. I liked the one right near Shower Bath, and I had the place to myself. It was a truly magical experience -- though watch out for the biting flies! I soaked in a few of the pools and took a "shower" at the base of the spring that was gushing the hardest because the water temperature was simply ideal. This is one of the many things that makes Shower Bath so awesome: the temperature. A lot of springs are ho-hum because they're simply too cool, but not this one. Plus, because there are so many pools, you can take your pick as to which temperature suits you best. So, here's my protip: get water shoes to ford up the river. I found some great ones for $20 bucks online, and it would have sucked without them. I clipped my hiking shoes to my pack and put the water shoes on (also did this when crossing Mahoney Creek). You really don't want to have to make the hike back up with soaking wet shoes. Also, try to collect firewood once you're out of the narrows and approaching Shower Bath, since there isn't a whole lot at the campsite. I'm infinitely glad I made this journey, and I hope you are too. Happy travels!

hiking
1 month ago

A little challenging at first, our party consisting of a couple senior citizens, myself and kids (11, 9, and 6) made it to Iron Bog in about 2 hours moving fairly slow. Hiked out in 40 minutes. Beautiful hike and lakes with beautiful Cuts. Ran into a few mosquitoes but not to bad.We ran into a little bit of rain -- glad we had some rain ponchos.

Nice, fairly easy hike until you get to Bridalveil Falls. The trail and elevation map on All Trails only takes you to where you can see the falls (small) up on the hill from the bottom. Then there's quite the climb to the top. Fairly steep goat path type trail most of the way up, using aome tree and root holds on the way up. Then definitely total hand involvement climbing up the last bit of distance to the falls, holding on to larger rocks in the ground. Pretty tough/tiring, but once you get under the falls and feel the mist it's definitely worth it! And beautiful views at the top and all along the way up as you look back behind you.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

on Iron Bog Lake Trail

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

like everyone else has said the first part of the trail is steep. I read one of the other reviews that talked about there being toilet paper and poop all over. I did not see any toilet paper at all. I actually did not see any trash. very clean.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a great hike with my dog while backpacking in the area, but definitely use alltrails app (or map) to navigate because it's easy to lose the trail near the beginning in a water crossing. It was secluded on a Monday in July, didn't see anyone for 5 hours, and there was a good mix of up and down. There were definitely mosquitoes at the lake once we got there, but nothing out of the ordinary. Crazy thunderstorm the night we slept there, but you can't help that. I say do it!

Good hike. We managed the upper falls in about an hour, with multiple picture stops along the way. The creek is beautiful and bone-achingly cold, and the falls along the way are beautiful. If you're coming from Idaho Falls, it's a good afternoon trek. Bring plenty of water or something to filter creek water with, as the trail has little shade for the first 2/3 or so, and the switchbacks near the top are pretty steep. Lots of kids on the trail, so consider it family- friendly.

Just completed this hike today. This is a easy hike until you get to the climb up to the falls. There are two streams to cross. One earlier in the hike then a second after you make the right turn to Bridalveil Falls. Both streams have logs across and can be crossed without getting wet. We brought our water shoes but didn’t need them. The climb up to the falls is NOT easy. You will have to scramble up the trail on loose rocks, gravel and dirt. This part of the hike is NOT for novice hikers. It is doable but it is very challenging. Once you get to the top you will be rewarded with a beautiful water falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Done this hike a few times. The kids had no problem and enjoyed it. Really neat old piping along some of the trail. The water is so blue at the little lower waterfall/dam. The final waterfall is so pretty so worth the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Probably a really fun bike ride but kind of a boring hike. Really sucks you have to take the road back to finish the loop. Also, there's a good car camping spot a little up the road from the trailhead parking if you're planning on staying.

beautiful hike.

19-20 July 2019: The first 2 miles is just hiking up the dirt road from the parking lot to the actual trailhead. If you’re not planning to hike the full loop, I suggest you park there instead. Once you’re actually on trail, it’s well maintained through pretty forest. The path is a bit rocky with sand and loose gravel. As you descend you’ll get glimpses of a pond and then a small lake with a decent sized creek leading out of it. This is your best chance to get water. After that the “creeks” are really just marshy areas in the meadow with occasional sections of standing water. I set up camp in an area that was obviously an elk bedding area. Throughout the evening a herd of at least 30 elk with a couple calves wandered in and out of the area. While they kept a close eye on me, they didn’t seem too concerned by my presence. The worst part of the hike is on the way out: over a mile of walking the pavement back to the parking lot.

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