Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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.

Beautiful walk. Easy, covered trail that runs by a lazy river that is trafficked by fisherman and river rafters. Two thirds in, there’s a waterfall across the river and a great spot to take a break and picnic. Bring bear spray and a camera. Gorgeous!

We were disappointed to find that this trail is no longer dog friendly. We only made it about 0.3 tenths of a mile till it became Yellowstone National Park land.

Easy to use product.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike. There is a creek crossing, so be prepared for that. Wildflowers and the occasional patch of snow made the hike even more interesting.

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.

Great wildflowers in early July. Hard end of moderate. Some parts of Trail like walking on marbles. Allow plenty of time. I was forced off the trail by a sheep stampede.

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.

It’s a great hike with lots of scenery throughout and the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because when we went the water was too much to get across and actually go into the cave which was our main goal. I’m not sure if it’s because it was raining days before or if the snow was still melting but we could not enter the cave. This was in early July.

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

hiking
9 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.

Amazing place to hike! The views are amazing!

hiking
11 days ago

July 5. Nice short and easy hike. Not crowded at all pasig boo one in either direction going out. Wildflowers were abundant. We only did about 2.5 miles a bit past the end of hike 1 as shown per this app before turning back due to some time constraints. Would like to get further in to some of the lakes that show on the topo maps of the area.

Very beautiful trail, plus very easy.
Explore around at the lower falls end of the trail and you can find trails leading to the top of the falls and a little further down the river. But wear shoes with decent tread if you want to do those- they are steep and slippery.

This trail is a lot of fun. Definitely not a trail that's all about the destination as there are parking lots basically at both ends. Well maintained. Beautiful vistas and space to think. I don't know how often this happens on a Sunday afternoon but I was the only soul on the entire trail. I loved it!

hiking
13 days ago

The hike itself was very pretty. A few spots where just off to the side of the trail had some major drop offs. I’d say kid friendly but not toddler friendly. If you go into cave take a headlamp and jackets. Inside the cave you have a few stomach crawls and eventually leads to a waterfall but to get to it you will need rock climbing gear. I would not take kids into cave, but would stop at the waterfall in the mouth of cave.

Beautiful hike. This was my second time hiking this trail. Beautiful views the entire hike. I went the 1st of July. The cave was fun to explore. I’d recommend you bring a change of shoes as there are several water crossings. If you go into the cave the hike is just under 7 miles out and back. Would be a great hike for kids. There are several switchbacks but nothing too steep.

beautifull!! the falls is breath taking..

Very beautiful! Easy hike and a lot of areas to take photos of.

We went in early July and it was beautiful there. Nice and green with lots of wild flowers along the trail. No bathroom so make sure to go before you leave the house. It took about 2 hours to get up and 1 hour down. We went around 3 on a Saturday and not a lot of people on the trail. Lots of switchbacks but not super steep. Unfortunately, we didn't see much wildlife. All in all, Great hike!!

We do this hike as often as possible.

hiking
16 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.

I don't quite understand where the trail ends, we went 2.75 miles out and the trail kept going but we were running out of light, wherever it is supposed to end, this trail is certainly longer than 5 miles. Were we supposed to go to that cave? If so, that would have been a solid 7 miles at the least. At 1.8 miles you can see what I think is the "wind cave" at your 2oclock, this pretty much stays in sight for the next mile and the views are great all along this portion. I'm not sure where we were supposed to have gotten to and formally turned around, but anywhere after 1.8 miles up should do. This hike is a gentle climb, but it doesn't let up the entire way so it's quite exhausting. There are several water crossings at the beginning of the trail, we were able to go across some logs, but on the way back those had already been overcome with water flow so we had no choice but to wade through ankle deep. Beyond that, the trail was bone dry. Falls were flowing hard. Parents carrying toddlers on your back, trekking poles help tremendously make the water crossings to stay balanced on the logs as you cross.

hiking
19 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
20 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
22 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.

23 days ago

The trail was beautiful, but it started hailing at the top. The waterfall coming out of the caves is still pretty full so access is limited. We will try it again later in the summer!

hiking
23 days ago

This trail seems to be an old forest road. Pretty easy quick little hike. Lots of wild flowers right now.

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