Dierkes Lake Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kimberly, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until November.

Length1.8 miElevation gain196 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingWalkingLakeRiverViewsWildflowersNo dogs
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The trail circles the lake, features a park on the water, with swimming. The trail itself is a mixture of concrete sidewalk, wide asphalt trail, gravel, stairs, narrow dirt track and uneven rock.

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Elizabeth Vallaster
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It was a well marked trail and easy to follow. I was not expecting stairs that went through the mountains. Super cool and a lot of fun.

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Amy Halterman
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HikingGreat!

The trail was a bit muddy and icy in spots, but otherwise, perfect.

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Joseph Henriksen
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Love this hike!

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Vanessa Turner
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This is one of my favorite loops, but it’s very muddy right now.

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Andria Araujo
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Allan Olin
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HikingIcy

Easy hiking trail with a nice view of the lake and canyon. There’s lots of signs that say no dogs allowed but that doesn’t stop anybody. Just keep your dog on a leash and pick up their poop.

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Zachary Ezzone
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Hannah Vanderlinden
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WalkingGreat!

This was a beautiful evening trail. We ended up only going half way around, but the view were breath taking. I really enjoyed the walk/hike. The trail is well maintained. There are trash cans along the route. I would definitely recommend visiting here while in Twin Falls.

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Bailey McClaflin
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Joseph Henriksen
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely amazing views! 3 kids and 2 dogs so family friendly.

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Burely Person
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excellent trail a bit rocky in spots, and allot of up and down, but very good workout!

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Cubblesnickles .
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Michael-Kaylee Martinho
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Loved this trail, well traveled, great views, bathroom and park at location for youngins to play after short hike

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Clayton Shaw
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HikingFee

I’m from the Twin Falls area and have hiked this trail many times. There are excellent views all along the trail of the lake, and an overlook of the river in one spot (slightly off-trail). I have often seen trail-runners, but would make sure you know the trail first as there are some rocky, uneven patches. During the summer this hike is best enjoyed in the evening or early morning, but be advised that the gate closes at 10pm. My friends and I often hike this with a pack, as the stairs and rocks make for great training for longer backpacking trips!

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Kayla Johnson
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christopher carr
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it was an easy trail and it was easy to follow. there are nice views from stopping points along the trail. I'm not sure why it is rated as a moderate. my 5 yr old was able to complete it with only minor grumbling. . I'm 100 lbs overweight and I completed it without a problem.

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Aly Williams
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HikingNo shade

Great trail! Kid friendly. Very few shady places so pack plenty of sunscreen and water. Lots of stairs towards the backside. You can have pets on the trail just not in the park itself.

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Kimberly Smith
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HikingFeeNo shade

This is a nice walk around a small lake that we have done many times. There is an entrance fee during warmer months so make sure to check out the falls while down there. The walk itself has varying terrain from gravel road to dirt path to metal stairs. I suggest going clockwise around the lake. There are some offshoots that will bring you to overlooks of both the lake to your right, or the Snake River to the left. It is a well used trail, and you will never be alone here, between other hikers, folks fishing/swimming in the lake and rock climbers. Good walk for kids and dogs. The only shade you get is from the rock faces you sometimes go near on the trail so wear sunscreen and bring water!

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Kayla Roberts
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HikingBugs

First off- there are stairs. So be forewarned if you need handicap or stroller accessibility. The hike was beautiful- went at sunset and it was gorgeous! Trail is narrow at some parts and therefore a little tricky to find but it wasn’t too bad.

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Suzette Briggs
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Great quick hike! Lots of variety in the terrain with beautiful views. Easily done within an hour at moderate speed.

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Michelle Samayoa
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Very enjoyable hike, easy to follow path with lots of signs to navigate you. Beautiful views from high above the lake. The hike took us about 1 hour. We stopped quite a bit to enjoy the views. I definitely recommend.

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Cindy Peterson
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Road biking

Not a good trail for e-bikes. Good trail for hiking. Very beautiful lake.

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Mary O'Malley
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We had perfect weather to take this hike! Going counterclockwise around the lake we took all the side paths except for one (The Prow) and covered about 2.3 miles. Recommend the Scenic Overlook which is on the right shortly after you start the path on the right of the picnic area/volleyball court -- a small hidden lake is tucked away there. Scenery is a little spoiled by litter but do what we did - take a plastic bag and clean up after the oats who left it there.

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Dana Egreczky
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I rarely give a trail five stars, but I had to give this trail a full fiver. It met all of my key trail-evaluation criteria. The Dierkes Lake Trail was (1) very diverse, both biologically and geologically, (2) while short, was physically challenging with many ups and downs, scrambles and stairs, (3) quiet and serene and (4) was downright beautiful. The contrast of the dark volcanic rock against the baby blue lake water (made that color by suspended minerals), and the rainbow of colors added by the plants was just fabulous! We saw two yellow-bellied marmots sunbathing on a rock, many different species of birds, and a wide variety of flowers. However, I will mention the litter. Normally, I would assign a litter rank of 1 - 3 garbage cans to a park that had this much litter, and this one had more than expected. But I realized that most of the litter was in the weeds near the very large picnic areas around the lake and this park is subject to some significant winds. I suspect that a family with kids near a lake might be keeping a closer eye on their kids than their paper napkins and plastic bottles, so I did not 'ding' this park as a result. As per a previous reviewer, I picked up every piece of litter I saw, and by the end of the hike, I had a full garbage bag to put in the trash. I encourage every hiker who loves the wilderness, or even the semi-wilderness, to do the same.

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Lady Luck
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Heads up, there is an entrance fee of $5/car (more for a bus/van) cash only to enter this area. You can buy a season pass ($25) or park at the top by the toll booth and walk down (I wouldn't suggest this if you have children, ederly company, are short on time or don't like walking an incline. The road--which you'll be walking to your destination--is very narrow in places and is usually busy with vehicles, so take caution if walking). After the toll booth, take the first road on your right. Park in the parking lot, then head towards the park/consession stand area. The trail is obvious once you see it, more of a walking path. You'll be walking the lake counter clockwise. There is a consession stand with food and drinks, and bathrooms near the lake. This little hike will leave you sun baked during late spring and summer, so adjust your timeframe accordingly. There are stairs to climb and descend, so smaller children may struggle a bit with this. There are often snakes sunning on the rock and trails, so be aware. I see bullsnakes regularly; there was a 3 foot one sunning on the trail just yesterday (5/31/19) that scared me as I rounded a corner and was a few steps away from stepping on it! Besides snakes, there are lizards, vultures, hawks, songbirds, rock chucks, dragon flies and a chorus of noisy bugs on a regular basis. As far as stinging nettle, poison oak, and other potentially bothersome plants, this trail is not impacted by the plants. If you go OFF trail, take care as I've seen patches of these plants here and there throughout the hike. At present there is a bee's nest on the ground about the halfway point around the trail (on the North side of the lake, near the popular/dark colored climbing wall) so carry an EpiPen if needed! The bees were swarming so badly on 5/29/19, I couldn't pass by on the trail but were present and non-swarming on 5/31/19. So heads up for those that need to take caution.

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James Hook
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Hiking

Great family hike

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