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.

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hiking
1 month ago

Mid October hike. Only saw one other person in the trail and he was headed back from fishing. A bit of snow melting off the trees from a recent light snow fall. The fish ladder is interesting to see at the trail head and the trail just follows the river below. Took our dogs. Lots of ducks, geese and great blue heron in the river.

this is one of my favorite hikes. Theres stunning views even just a mile or two in. My family hikes here every year. You can go inside the windcave, but be cautious, there are currents inside the cave where you can't tell how deep they are, make sure you stay out of the water as much as you can, and take a reliable headlamp.

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful crisp October morning and the colours on the aspens were amazing

So gorgeous!!!! Loved the hike!

It is beautiful in the fall season. We started at 8:30am on Saturday morning, and finished at 12:30pm, spending about half an hour around the cave area. Not so many people in the morning, but encountered quite many groups on our way back.

It was fun:)

Amazing scenery, when you get to the top, easy to follow and it is perfect this time of year..

My 11 yr old son and I hiked and loved it. The trail is beautiful the whole way up because the leaves are changing. The cave is very cold, bring a good jacket. Great hike, but definitely longer than listed here. I clocked it on my phone at just under 9 miles.

Excellant hike, beautiful foliage in the fall all the way up. The cave at the top is worth exploring, flashlight needed. Watch your footing, as ice is already forming along the stream bed.

I just completed this trail, with my 5 year old. we had a blast. I would definitely recommend it..

We got all the way to the cave with our 3 year old and 1 year old. The wildflowers in the meadow at the top were unreal. It was a tough hike, but so worth it! The cave was so neat!

I really enjoyed this, beautiful view of the lower mesa falls. Most rewarding if you take the steep hike down through the rocks to be right next to the river and water falls.

Nice easy trail. Pretty scenery , old forest trail makes walking easy

Great hike with beautiful view. We hike on September 8th so we missed the flowers bloomed but the leaves started changing colors make up for it. The cave was cold so bring along jacket. The distance on my record is over 7 Miles round trip.

Beautiful hike, beautiful day. It felt like a more-than-moderate hike, however. The last pitch to the cave is steep but WORTH every step!

Awesome hike! We went on September 6th so we didn’t run into much water. It was easy to get into the cave since there was not much runoff. We started our hike around 10:30 and didn’t encounter many people until we started to make our way back. Challenging going up all the switchbacks but definitely worth it!

walking
3 months ago

Easy hike that affords some lovely views as you near, and on, the summit.

pretty walk and well maintained trail. not alot of people. I recommend it!

Awesome hike and super easy! I would recommend leaving early in the morning because the trail gets very busy during the day. Might be harder with kids but doable. The cave is cold so bring a jacket!

The cave was worth it. Lots of switch backs so trail not too steep but definitely got a workout. Great views along the way but car ride to trailhead was pretty bumpy. Tracked it at 6.8 miles.

Better than I expected - but also longer than I expected. We didn't track the mileage but I agree with all saying it had to be closer to 7 or 8 miles round trip. The cave was awesome. We didn't go very far in.

mountain biking
3 months ago

I biked this trial on a Saturday morning. I only saw one person on the way out and a few on the way back. It is a slight incline on the way out, the entire time. So coming back down is a breeze. Bring bear spray.

Very nice hike. Definitely more than 5.5 miles. Our Apple Watch logged in 9.2 round trip. The last stretch of the hike before you get to the cave is very strenuous. Going up to cave is really cool....some people went deeper into cave, but it isn’t necessary if you dont want to. After working up a sweat from the hike you actually get cold in the cave. Views amazing.

Easy hike, lots of thimble berries and frogs.

Love this hike! It's one of my favorites. My kids love to catch frogs at the lake.

My family and I love this little hike. Kid friendly, and beautiful.

Great 2 mile trail starting at the upper Mesa falls and going to the lower. Both Falls are amazing, but the upper is breath-taking as you can stand right beside it. The nature trail leaves from the upper Falls parking lot and is an easy hike on dirt with a bit of gravel in the beginning. Ends at a great view looking down on lower falls.

trail running
3 months ago

Great run, lots of up and down. Bring bear spray (feisty little black bears sometimes hang here). Dog friendly!

trail running
3 months ago

Definitely a great trail. Easy for folks used to elevation, moderate or challenging for tourists. Always a great run!

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