City of Rocks Loop is a 6.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Almo, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.3 miElevation gain1,420 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashCampingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRock climbingWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowers
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Please note that on this hike at the top (near north end of the loop) there may be closed cattle gates. You just need to remove the chain on the gate, follow the trail and close the gate behind you.

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Andrew Annen
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Rock climbingGreat!Snow

me and my buddy had a blast, alot of sights, plenty to see, but I wouldn't rate it as moderate definitely hard if you're a beginner

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JR Moore
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CampingGreat!MuddySnow

Fun trip. We backpacked this loop and spent the night in Indian Cove which is about 2 miles off of this loop trail and the only place where backcountry camping is allowed. Make sure to get your permit. We encountered several patches of snow along the trail and especially in Indian Cove. Water was available to filter both at Indian cove and at several spots along the trail. There were a couple of spots where the loop was not well marked and intersected several other trails so we were glad we had downloaded the map and were following the app. Fun day hike or for a one night backpacking trip. Would definitely recommend.

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Callie Sorensen
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Awesome trail!!! Great camping nearby too

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Howard J. Beagley
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Colin Heald
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Beautiful hike. Stunning vistas. The fall colors were amazing. Saw a Jerusalem Cricket for the first time though, and that ruined everything.

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Andrew Gehring
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Family of Free
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Xiaofei Pu
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I found this very useful map online through a local hiking group on Facebook. It helped us a lot during this hike! As you can see, there are many ways to hike around the park. https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/Directions%20and%20Maps%20Tab-2009/City%20of%20Rocks%20National%20Reserve/City%20of%20Rocks%20Trails%20Brochure.pdf The distance posted here seems reasonable. We did the North Fork Circle Creek trail from Parking Lot Rock. No snow in mid-June, fairly easy climbs throughout. We got confused at the top (near north end of the loop) when there were closed cattle gates. You just need to remove the chain on the gate, follow the trail and close the gate behind you.We saw a total of 4 hikers on the trail and some climbers from afar; on a cloudy and cold June day. But it looks like most people go to CoR for climbing and not many would take this longer trail so you pretty much have it all to yourself. The views from some spots near the top are fantastic, the lower parts are in wooded area with a creek in sight for some parts. We loved it! Cell service on the top, but otherwise pretty sparse on the trail and across the park.

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Timothy James
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This trail was enjoyable. There are a lot of large monoliths to explore. I went on rainy day in May, it had just snowed, but I was surprised by how lush the flora was. Once the elevation peaks at about the halfway point, the remainder of the hike is a nice gradual meander down trails surrounded by young aspen trees. Decent bird watching opportunities.

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Dustin Soshea
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amazing climbing, dirt bagged it as the fees are crazing but epic climbing for sure.

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Andrea Bruggeman
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If having the trail all to yourself. keep reading. I would say the distance and difficulty are pretty accurate. I did the trail clockwise and was glad I did, even though the incline at the end was tiring. Large parts of the trail are in direct sunlight, so I would recommend sun protection. It did get a little buggy once you were inside the grazing area, due to the cows and cow pies, but wasn't too bad. The trail was a little overgrown and I was glad I wore long pants and a thin long sleeved shirt. Overall, it was a good, quiet trail with beautiful outlooks. Most of the views were in the beginning, so if you aren't sure about the trail, you can start going clockwise and then backtrack to make it a shorter out-and-back ordeal. Lots of climbers to watch when you get done!

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David Platt
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For a climber, I'm sure this place is paradise. For a hiker, maybe I came in with too high expectations, but honestly didn't think the formations were that impressive. I wasn't expecting the dramatic formations of the Southwest, but even compared to Cathedral Spires in Custer State Park SD or Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree, the rock formations just aren't terribly interesting. There's lots of great hiking in Idaho, and you can probably skip this if time is short.

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Scott Hatfield Jr.
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Here’s a video of the hike from yesterday! https://youtu.be/4M_4XaXiu68 Loved this place! ALMO The town outside is friendly! And the park is amazing. Feels like someone copied a piece of Joshua tree national park and added it in Idaho and made it even more beautiful!

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Terrica Hildebrandt
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Jake Hawes
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Great trail - mix of sage and dry forest with spectacular overlooks along the first half (walking clockwise). Lots of opportunities for side excursions, and connects nicely to the other trails in the area if you just want to make it longer. Would be five stars, but there are SO MANY cowpies and horse leavings. Neither bothers me much, but I did have to wash the dog in the creek after she rolled in one.

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Matt Corley
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Great day to be on this trail in mid-June! The variety of the scenery was impressive but the photos couldn't really capture the full beauty of this lovely place. There are lots of side hike possibilities on this loop and there were plenty of climbers around enjoying a wide variety of routes. I found the loop to be a bit more robust than the "easy" rating though - It's a good long climb out of the valley on the way back in going counter-clockwise and I was plenty warm on a very crisp morning. All in all a great hike.

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JS Allen
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tread in great shape and surface water running as of mid June. This loop is not signed, but can be followed with the Alltrails shapefile.

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Eileen Hansen
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Great trail to hit in the morning spring or fall. Definitely more like 6.5+ miles. Sturdy shoes recommended. Clockwise is the way to go.

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Dustin Soshea
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The hiking was awesome, but CLIMBING was epic!!!! Climbed on elephant rock and bath rock and it was the best climbing I’ve done yet. Absolutely beautiful reserve. Highly encouraged to go see if haven’t yet.

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Paul Matthews
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Beautiful. I do this hike every year.

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Bob Gamble
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Great views going up steep side first. Coming down is longer with fewer viewpoints but got see a lot of rock climbers. Nice hike.

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Rachel Horner
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So. Many. Cow pies. Despite that there are quite a few beautiful vistas on this loop. There were a lot of climbers and hikers yesterday but my husband and I didn’t come across any other person when we did this loop. It felt like more than 6 miles. I think if we hiked this loop again we would go clockwise. Going counterclockwise on this loop made for a pretty intense hike for the last half. I think the best time to do this hike would either be in early spring or late fall as most of the trail has little shade. We were burning up even though it was mid 70s, overcast, and breezy.

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Sam Keninger
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Nice trail at the beginning and end with great viewpoints of rocks and climbers but the middle of the trail is through cow pasture.

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Craig Bennett
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Really enjoyed hiking this loop. Great scenery and pretty neat watching the climbers. Only 3 other hikers on a nice April morning, but it did get busy in the parking lot as more people rolled in. Just get there early, or camp nearby as we did. Brought the dogs, they enjoyed it too, despite prickly pears.

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Rick Smith
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Janice Smith
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Sean Smith
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