Hell's Half Acre Loop: Southbound

EASY 3 reviews

Hell's Half Acre Loop: Southbound is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blackfoot, Idaho and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
42 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

Developed lava trail with interpretive signs discussing geology and biology of the lava flow; popular destination for environmental education groups. Hell’s Half Acre is designated as a National Natural Landmark (NNL) and a Wilderness Study Area (WSA). These designations help preserve the area so the public can enjoy and study this unique geologic area in its healthy, natural condition. The Lava Trail System is open to non-motorized recreation activities only. Upper and Lower Loops

30 days ago

The half mile loop is marked with blue painted poles. There is no clear trail. Be sure to bring leather boots, the lava will tear up shoes. There are lots of fissure to jump over, some fairly deep. This is close to my home, so I’ve been maybe 6 times, and each time it looks different. If it is clear, you’ll have nice views of the buttes and snow capped mountains (about 9 months per year). I hiked the loop June 9th this year, and the cacti were in bloom. That was a first!

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017