Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

trail running
2 days ago

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

backpacking
8 days ago

A great backpacking trail with nice lake views at the top. Be sure to take a water filter if you are planning to camp at the top.

Best place ever

One of our absolute favorite hikes!! It’s long, but not a hard hike with lots of beautiful views!

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

beautiful but hard to access

Upper Lake was great.Leg burner for the last quarter mile. Don't look for campsites by the lake but pick your birds nest north of the lake by abandoned outhouse. Plenty of knobs to choose from.

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

Amazing place for a horse ride. Absolutely beautiful!!!!! Not for novice horses or riders.

walking
1 month ago

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

A fun trip to do with friends! We hiked up to the upper lake 2 weeks ago and loved the scenery along the trail. I suggest leaving early in the morning to start the day off cool and to have plenty of time to hike. Also take plenty of water. We ran out of water on the way back and ended up filling our bottles with running river water. The river water tasted great, but I don’t recommend drinking it without a filter.

I LOVE this hike. It’s a hike that makes you feel so satisfied when you get to the upper lake. Not very many steep parts, beautiful views of meadows, mountains, water and wildlife. I try to do this hike at least once every year. This is by far my favorite hike ever.

mountain biking
1 month 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.

trail running
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

This is not the trail you want to go to. Luckily we were in a truck otherwise we wouldn't have made it to the trail head. Even still this trail was not for anything other that an ATV! Do yourself a favor and search for Packsaddle Lake Trail. You access from the North and both the road and trail into the lake are much better! This one should have some description to note that access is very difficult. Once we made it to the trail head we found out we could at least drive out another way heading west so that we didn't have to travel out on the same road (still rough but 10X better). The forest service has pushed up berms along the Eastern access road to help with water run off, but you will high center your vehicle of you don't have a good bit of clearance! Please be careful if using this trail and again search for the Packsaddle Lake trailhead that accesses from the North. It will make your trip much less stressful!

hiking
2 months ago

It was a perfect hike for young kids. Between my sister’s kids and mine, we had five children from ages 3-9. About 1 mile in we saw a little trail down to the creek and the kids had a blast. They even got wet trying to cross on fallen trees and it was no problem since we were so close to the cars.

I would definitely go back and go farther if I didn’t have the kids.

hiking
2 months ago

Climbed up branock trail in Grand Targhee ski resort
3.5miles- up the mountain
Incredible views! Caught the lift down. Great hike for the family.

hiking
2 months ago

We loved this short hike, despite less than ideal weather. The cool light rain didn't stop us from enjoying the sounds of Targhee Creek and the beauty of the countless wildflowers still in bloom. The lack of ascent/descent made it great for the kids and easy on the knees. We completed this trail (turning around at the first foot bridge), bit could've easily pressed on much further as the trail continues.

One caveat to the glowing review is we were unaware of how much bears are typically present in this area. While we knew of potential Grizzly encounters and took precautions to minimize risk, we read after the hike that this area is typically used as a re-location area for Yellowstone Grizzlies that get too near human activity and may be less skittish. Ultimately, we didn't see any bears or their signs, but if you're hitting this trail (and you should), plan for the possibility.

hiking
2 months ago

I'm not really sure how the original Trail got recorded on to All Trails but I logged 15.25 miles on that same route to go up to the upper Palisades lake so I think the trail details need to be updated. Aside from that it was a great Trail beautiful views little bit longer than I had hoped but I would do it again.

This was a beautiful hike. We came from 8000 feet in CO, so the lower altitude made it even easier. We hiked to the lake where my husband caught (and released) 30+ fish in an hour, then we hiked back. It started to rain and lightening mid afternoon, so keep an eye on the weather as there are some very exposed sections of the trail. This would also be a great trail running trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This hiking trail was a really fun one. It does provide a bit of a challenge, but it makes up for it. I only have four stars because there were so many people. It really slowed down our hike because we had to keep stepping off trail for others to get through. There also seems to be an issue with the fellow hikers not following rules by not keeping their dogs leashed (as it says right at the beginning to keep them leashed). This caused a lot of issues with the dogs running past us and almost knocking us over.

Beautiful views. Lots of different scenery. Accessible.
Make sure you're in good shape - can be a challenge.

hiking
2 months ago

Lake was beautiful! Trail was not great at all. Our gps took us to the atv trail on the east side. Found out after our very dusty climb that there was better access to the lake on the north side. We ended up hiking closer to 3 miles.

High end of moderate. For folks already acclimated to the elevation here, I’m sure it’s moderate. For late 40s folks from the Midwest where we live everyday life below 1000 ft, it’s understandably more challenging. Reaching the peak at Fred’s Mt was a great challenge, and the views are truly exhilarating. We stopped there and fueled up on some salted cashews and an energy bar. For me, continuing on from there to the Mary’s Saddle was where things got tough. But the view from the saddle is well worth it. Truly stunning stuff. Bugs were present but not very bad.

off road driving
2 months ago

I have driven this my entire life, I always enjoyed it and the nature and the river.

gr8 wild flowers at top

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Beautiful hike! Unfortunately, Bannon Trail (the main trail up to the peak) was closed today, so we opted to take the chairlift to the summit and continue to Mary’s Saddle on foot. It was incredibly gorgeous scenery with stellar views of the Tetons.

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.

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