Explore the most popular lake 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.

climbed this yesterday and had a blast. snow was present at 9000ft and continued until the lake a miles or so later. Could not find the trail at that point and just went up

hiking
1 day ago

Nice hike along Big Elk Creek. We took our dog and he was able to cool off in the stream along the way. My GPS measured 6.3 miles to the creek crossing and trail split to Siddoway Fork and Neeley Cove. Stream was still moving swiftly so we didn't attempt to cross. The trail also appears to cross the Big Elk Creek at about mile 5+, but there is an optional trail up along the cliffs on the north side of the creek. It is a good trail, although a little rocky. Didn't see any animals, but there are plenty of wild flowers. Still, watch out for thistles!

This is a great hike with beautiful scenery and plenty of covverage to keep you out of the sun for most of the trail. There are plenty of spots to camp between Lower and Upper Palisades with a few between Upper Palisades Lake and Waterfall Canyon.

Overall this was a pretty hike and camp but a few warnings: the bugs were absolutely terrible and gps had a hard time getting me there. I live in Idaho Falls and two different ways, gps wanted me to turn on a road that was private property. It was a struggle but I figured it out. Parking is good and the trail is well maintained but my goodness I have never seen so many horse flies and mosquitoes and this is coming from someone that grew up on a horse farm with mosquito breeding ponds. I was covered in spray and it didn’t help. My poor dogs have blood blisters all over them from all the bites. The entire hike we were just in a swarm. It was hard to enjoy the hike. We then camped. There are really nice camping spots with tables, bear boxes, and fire pits. I lit a fire in hopes of getting rid of bugs. Nope. We ended up hiding out in the tent the rest of the evening. It was very pretty but I probably wouldn’t recommend to anyone until bugs are dead.

Great trail to take kids on, but be aware that there are numerous spots where the trail drops more or less to the river below. So keep an eye on the little ones! Take out what you take in and remember hiking courtesies... there's tons of people using this trail, so let's keep it looking as natural as possible.

My favorite hike around here. An easy day hike to the lower lake.

Great hike!... fire wood is scarce for overnight trips.

Trail to Lower lake is pretty easy. Lower lake to upper lake more difficult but worth the climb. I’m 58 and first time hike. My sons and I did it and I was exhausted at the end but the hike is so worth it!!! Beautiful mountain scenery and even saw 2 moose.

Great day hike. Not too hard. Recommend starting the hike early in the day.

hiking
13 days ago

A lot of snow and stream crossings but we made the whole loop. 11 hrs. and 17 miles.
Having the All Trails Pro with the down loaded map made it a whole lot easier to stay on the trail through the snow. I don't think we would have made it without it. The streams was the hardest part some were 2.5 ft deep, swift and cold to say the least. Very fun and
challenging hike.

hiking
14 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Rough road but as long as you’re in a 4 wheel drive you should be just fine. We had two kids with us and it was a blast. The lake was fun for the kids to swim in and cool off. We will definitely be back!

hiking
14 days ago

We couldn’t even make it to the hike! The trail to get to the hike requires an ATV or off road vehicle. We parked our SUV at the point where we could no longer drive the trail (about 1.9 miles from the beginning of the trail), and tried to hike in. It was fairly steep, and so many mosquitos that were constantly attacking, even though we had on bug spray. We didn’t even make it to the trail head! (We had 4 kids with us). I’ve been told there is another way to get in, but it doesn’t show on AllTrails. Unless you have an ATV, don’t try this.

hiking
20 days ago

Rating is for the experience, not the scenery. Ran into the same things as Ili Perez a few days ago. Still a ton of water and a lot of snow in the Tetons. Took the "regular" AB trail, not the Devil's Stairs. Things started getting more challenging at Mile 4, with a stream crossing where it's very hard not to get soaked. Between Miles 4-5, several downed trees and slushy snowfield crossings over the path. Finally, at Mile 5.2 (8600 feet) there was an extra crossing of a really fast-moving stream (I'm guessing a temporary one) just to get to the landmark log crossing over the rampaging main creek. By that point it was 50-50 bare ground and snow patches up to waist deep. Called it a day. Many July 4 hikers will find it a tough challenge to get to Alaska Basin this year. I'll try it again in a month.

hiking
23 days ago

Just finished this trail. Couldn't do the loop since there was snow still at the top and we lost the trail twice but we went 12 miles in. However We saw beautiful sights, moose, bear, and deer. Definitely recommend

hiking
24 days ago

I hiked this trail to the Teton Crest Trail then up to The Wall back down and up and over Hurricane Pass and then down Cascade Canyon to Jenny's Lake. A great day's hike!

This map shows a trail up the back side of Table Mountain taking off at Hurricane Pass. Has anyone hiked that trail? Or is it more finding your way across that ridge?

backpacking
26 days ago

We backpacked up to Hancock Lake. Saw a bull moose on the way up. I think that there are two trails to Aldous Lake and we accidentally took the wrong one on the way down. Had to bushwhack it for 30 minutes to get on the correct trail.

Beautiful, not hard at all. Fishing was great.

Fun and easy hike! Snow is gone and there are lots of bugs, but it was a great evening hike and didn’t take long at all.

This is a fun backpacking trail with camping at lower and upper and other trails that break off from the lakes. It's a really fun area to explore.

Ran this trail a few days ago. Beautiful. 5a on a Tuesday meant not a soul around. Weather was awesome in early June. Took about 2 hr 25 min to run to upper Palisades and back with no traffic. From the campground it was 14.3 miles and about 1700 ft of elevation. I’ve run this trail on a Friday morning and it was starting to get busy. Saturday’s are really busy. Good luck getting around all the horse and foot traffic on the weekend if you are a runner.

Great hike. Follows a river the entire time that is beautiful. At the time we hiked the creek was pretty full leading to some muddy parts of the trail but it was still very doable. There is not a lot of steep incline on this hike so it's good for a lot of ages. very popular

Fantastic scenery, great hike, and we saw a Moose! I love the campground area near Lower Palisades lake, it was a great place to eat our lunch in the shade.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike...even saw a moose on the other side of the creek. If you only want to do a shorter hike, turn around at the Dry Canyon intersection...about 2.7 Miles in. Otherwise, there are no real destinations before that...just a nice hike in the woods near a pretty stream. There was a little mud, but not all that bad. My 15 year old daughter hiked in canvas sneakers and got sore feet, but otherwise okay. Spots are a little rocky.

I’m not sure why this is saying the hike is only one mile??? We tried the hike on Memorial weekend and couldn’t go past a mile because of high water. We did encounter one moto biker. I think during summer one could cross the creek and make it up to the basin. Not sure how far that would be. We did hike up Driveway Canyon for a ways but not far enough to be impressed.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail has some muddy parts because of the spring runs offs. Otherwise it is dry. No snow. After about 2.5 miles there is a ford. You do not need fording shoes to cross, but it may not be easy to cross if you have small kids with you.

I continued to Siddoway fork, but got to a creek that I was not able to cross (deep, fast running water about 45 feet wide), so I turned around and got back.

backpacking
2 months ago

This is a fun trail to hike and camp at. There's a pretty river that runs through and great scenery. Watch out for stinging nettles but other than that it's a fantastic trail!

backpacking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful trail with, diverse scenery along the way. Only reason for giving it 4 stars is that its pretty popular and can get congested at times. Also when backpacking, good camp spots and firewood are a little sparse.

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