Aldous and Hancock Lakes is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Spencer, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,056 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Heavily wooded trail to Beautiful Alpine Lakes As the pictures show, Aldous Lake is a great family hike. Although most use this as a day hike, it is also an excellent overnight hike for the younger hikers. Dense forests, beautiful Ching creek, wildlife and great fishing combine to make this a trip the kids will never forget. Area boy scouts have made great improvements around Aldous lake for their Eagle Scout projects. Excellent camp tables and metal fire rings have been installed by these fine young men in discreet locations for the enjoyment of all. The trail from Aldous to Hancock becomes more difficult and Hancock lake is entirely different from Aldous. High in a basin near the continental divide, Hancock is surrounded by boulders and rocks. Camping spots are limited around Hancock.

6 days ago

great hike but do not follow map link

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snow
8 days ago

We spent two nights at Hancock Lake 5/28-5/30. The trail from the trailhead to Aldous Lake is well-maintained; a number of bridges and boardwalks have been installed. The trail from Aldous Lake to Hancock Lake is still covered in snow for the last half mile; we spent a while posthole-ing around in the sometimes waist-deep snow. There is no ice on either lake and there are lots of fish in Hancock Lake (or at least it looked like it, we didn't catch any)

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19 days ago

there is still about 25% of the trail and 40% of the lake area covered in melting snow.

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rocky
9 months ago

great little hike. I did this with my wife and 2 little girls 8 and 3.

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bugs
10 months ago

Beautiful trail and some cool creeks on the way but the lakes were nothing special and there were so many bugs that I just wanted to leave. Didn’t go fishing at Aldous lake but there was definitely fish in there. Super easy hike though.

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10 months ago

This is a pretty little trail with lots of wild flowers, thimble berries and pine trees. Most of the trail is shaded as is Aldous lake. We went on July 25 and the lake was almost completely covered with algae? Or some other type of greenery. We wanted to fish but it wasn’t possible. Next time we need to come earlier by a month to 6 weeks or much later. There were plenty of mosquitos but my herbal spray, long sleeves and pants, buff and hat kept them off. This is a pretty easy hike for most fitness levels- no great incline along the way. NOTE: follow the directions given in the how to get there link. Don’t follow your gps. Also you are at the right spot when you see the sign at the trailhead for the Continental Divide Trail. It will split off to Aldous a short way down the trail.

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bugs
11 months ago

The walk was fairly easy, and our two dogs had a lot of fun playing. The trail was maintained and we stopped at the local store in Kilgore for an updated map of the way there since our google maps led us to nowhere. With that being said my husband and I did not enjoy it. The lake was full of bugs, and not amount of bug spray stopped them. We drove an hour to the trailhead just to stay 15 minutes at the lake.

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11 months ago

Beautiful trail. Encountered snow on the first day of summer

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blowdown
snow
11 months ago

it was an awesome hike in mid june. the last mile to Hancock lake is pretty steep and took about 1.5 hours. quite a bit of knee deep snow the last tenth of a mile or so. several trees across the trail. lots of elk poop. a few mosquitos. lots of fish and quite beautiful.

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11 months ago

Be sure to stop into the Kilgore mercantile for some penny candy and snacks--fun little place. The hike is short, switchbacks take you up the main hill. I've slept in a tent 30 yards away from a moose, right on the shore (that was a nervous night for both of us). Fishing is tricky in the lake due to all the deadfall and plant life, but there are fish in Aldous. This is right on the Continental Divide, with access to the CDT.

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Thu Apr 04 2019

This is my favorite hike in the whole world, I’ve been hiking it since I was little. It does make me laugh however, because it says that this hike is “hard” it’s not hard at all. I take little kids on this hike all the time and if they can do it no problem it’s not hard. It’s super beautiful, and dog friendly too. I also suggest bringing a hammock, it’s freakishly relaxing and an awesome hike you can go on by yourself.

Wed Sep 05 2018

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

Thu Aug 23 2018

Easy hike, lots of thimble berries and frogs.

Wed Aug 22 2018

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

Sun Aug 05 2018

Beautiful hike and views. The wildflowers were amazing. Saw a bull moose in the water when we got to Alduous Lake.

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Mon Jul 16 2018

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.

backpacking
Sun Jun 24 2018

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.

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Fri Sep 29 2017

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.

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Sun May 28 2017

This trail was still packed with snow and lots of obstacles blocking the path along the way, which made it easy to lose the trail and get lost. We still made it to the top and the lake is beautiful! Looking forward to doing this again later in the season.

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Wed Sep 21 2016

Beautiful! The hike begins past the Continental Divide sign, just FYI. I only went to Aldous Lake. Only saw one other person.

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Mon Jul 18 2016

We hiked this trail with our kids and they all made it and really enjoyed it! The trail was in good shape and has nice picnic tables and bathrooms at the trailhead. I would absolutely go again, we found it to be a very fun hike.

backpacking
Mon Jun 20 2016

Great weekend trip. Over the weekend we saw a cow moose and calf, a snowshoe hare, a couple rock chucks, plenty of chipmunks, and even caught a decent sized cutthroat. All in all a fun, easy trip for a great weekend.

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Sun Aug 16 2015

Good family hike. The trail to Aldous lake is a nice family hike. The sign near the trailhead says it's 1.3 miles to Aldous Lake. I'd say it's about 1.5 miles or a little more. It's a good 40 minute hike. Aldous Lake is nice. We stopped there for a snack. The trail to Aldous lake is fairly busy. Hiking from Aldous to Hancock you will find a lot more solitude. It's about another 40 minutes up to Hancock, but the trail is not in great shape. There is a lot of loose gravel and the trail has some sections that are 10-12% grade. My 3 year made it, but only with a lot of hand-holding. The views at Hancock Lake are much better than Aldous lake, but Aldous Lake itself is a much prettier lake.

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Sun Aug 02 2015

Hiked this trail in June when the wildflowers were in full bloom - absolutely gorgeous. Both lakes are beautiful. Don't forget the bug spray in June though, we were almost eaten alive by Mosquitos.

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Tue Oct 29 2013

This was a spectacular hike. I can't believe I've lived here in Rexburg for 4 years and just found out about this hike. It is about an hour and a half drive from Rexburg through Kilgore and then a perfect 45 min hike to Aldous Lake (we did not go to Hancock, but probably about another 30-40 mins). The lake is gorgeous, we saw moose tracks and bear markings. Some fish were visible in the lake even. Wonderful scenery, great camping sites, perfect day hike too.

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Wed Jul 11 2012

Beautiful hike. There were a lot of people at the lower lake when I went but the upper lake was quiet and crystal clear. Very refreshing to swim in. Getting to the upper lake is mostly uphill but not very long. The trailhead is marked for the continental divide trail but a little ways down the trail it directs you to the left for the lakes.

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Sun May 22 2011

Great little hike. My kids loved this trail when we lived in Idaho. Come prepared. We got caught in a snowstorm in late June. Both lakes have fish and the trail is part of the CDT.

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8 months ago

recorded Aldous and Hancock Lakes

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9 months ago

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