Explore the most popular birding trails in 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.

hiking
4 days ago

the creek is nice and warm!

on Cress Creek Trail

5 days ago

Very easy, to the point of being kind of boring.

Loved the hike! only complaint was the dog poop on the beginning of the trail. Definitely coming back though!

beautiful scenery and very easy. accessible walk. if you choose, there's a steep incline that reaches a cluster of boulders which is a great vantage point for viewing the river.

It was a great Sunday activity. The main trail is super easy, there are also some trails that go off which were a lot of fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short hike up the hill. I’d do it again, as just a fun date.

We figured (3 of is) that it is closer to a 7 me round trip, but absolutely beautiful and worth the hike!

I did this hike in June of 2016 with my wife. Instead of doing this trail out and back, we took the Old Pass Road To Teton Pass Trail back up to our starting trailhead..... approximately a 10 mile hike total. After descending from the high views, the trail carves through some of the neatest forest hiking we have ever seen.

I did this hike in June of 2016 with my wife and son. Like that of previous reviews, this is a 10 mile out and back hike. This hike is also more on the difficult side as well. We ran into a number of people that were struggling on this trail that felt it was far harder than the moderate app rating. Personally, my family and I thought it was a beautiful hike with a lot of beautiful scenery. We will definitely hike this trail again if I’m ever in the neighborhood again.

This is a great little nature hike. We take all our visitors who like to see our area. A good hike for all ages.

I love this hike a lot.

Nice winter hike

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Good for a quick dose of nature

One of our absolute favorites. We have gone in the summer, spring, and fall. It's gorgeous in the spring/summer with all the flowers

on Big Elk Creek Trail

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail. We made a late season run to the 6.5 mile mark in preparation for next year's Palisades Ultra Trail Series. Creeks were cold and snow was 1-4 inches with lots of animal signs, no actual sightings though. Can't wait until next year!

A pretty easy trail. Something you can take your time with and enjoy the view.

Very nice scenic hike. Easy. My 3 boys loved it.

Very nice hike for our family of 5. Easy trail along the creek and beautiful views.

beautiful hike little muddy and snowy but amazing

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, super pretty, just very muddy.

Great trail for kids. Well maintained. Nice views. Today the leaf color was at its peak: orange and gold galore!

on Cress Creek Trail

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great little hike. It is quite short, but nothing is left short when it comes to the experience. This is a great hike to go, especially in Late September and October to see the colors change for Autumn.
For someone who is just starting out in hiking, it is doable but it can be tough with the inclines it provides. It is possible to hike with kids as well.

hiking
6 months ago

The hike up to Aldous Lake was easy and the lake was beautiful. The tall pines we're fantastic and well worth the trip by themselves. Hancock Lake, the upper lake, was much more difficult to get to, but was still a great hike. Well worth the extra effort.

Great hike, beautiful views. you can see the Tetons very clearly from the top. The summit is pretty rocky (some of it loose) heading downward towards Mary's saddle.

I just wanted to clarify for people this is actually a 10 mile hike. The description is extremely misleading. The 5 miles are not a loop and you will be ascending a steep grade for most the hike. The cave lies near the top of mountain and you will climb another mountain and work your way around the canyon. In addition, the drive to the end of Darby Canyon road involves 4 miles of gravel road that will be slow going to reach the trailhead. Make sure you are prepared and take suitable precaution. I have hiked many areas in the west and i would rate this as a moderate to difficult hike. It it definitely worth doing.

We started the trail with no snow and by the time we made it to the cave there was about 4 inches. Such a beautiful hike and the cave is awesome! The last tenth of a mile is the toughest part but not bad; I would consider the rest of the trail to be easy.

I went on this hike twice in my life while in a church camp. Sadly I've never been to the caves, but the hike is still worth making, it has gorgeous scenery, including some breathtakingly bright, colorful wildflower patches (depending on when you go of course) and the waterfall at the end is nice as well.
Only complain I have is that I remember it being a lot less steep than it actually was

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous views of the river the whole way! Super easy flat trail. We were the only ones on it since it's mid September and just finished raining and was on the chilly side. Love the rock walls that line the river.... makes for some beautiful pictures!

Very short, easy hike. Limited shade. Steep in some places but very manageable.

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