Little City of Rocks Loop is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gooding, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length4.9 miElevation gain836 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsOver grownNo shadeNo dogs
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Tiffany Painter
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HikingGreat!

Loved being able to explore beyond the trails and found some cool rocks to climb.

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Angee Jensen
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Beautiful but due to a little layer of snow i couldn't find the trail after 2.2 miles. Still serene and enjoyable.

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Katie Burt
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Vanessa Turner
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This was cool because you are surrounded by rocks and there is a lot to explore. Downsides, it’s very icy slushy right now, you definitely need four wheel drive to get to the closer parking lot. However it’s a good distance from the parking spot to the trailhead so from the car to the split on the trail where the loop begins and back to the car was 4.2 miles, the whole trip plus hike to and from car is closer to 7 miles than 5.

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Skyler Phillips
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Lexis Huiting
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

12/8/2020 While it was a pretty hike, this map is a little off. When pulling off the highway, you have to open and close a pasture fence to drive down to the next parking lot. From there continue down the main road for a half mile or so before you come to the actual trail head. When you’re not actually in the canyon, the trail disappears completely. We had this map up the whole time and followed along it directly, but above the canyon there is no trail where it says there should be. Up there we did see a big herd of Elk, which was super cool. Getting back into the canyon according to this map was steep and difficult. Probably not the best overall trail for kids and t was nice going in the winter while most of the water was frozen because the trail crosses the creek several times (however it is pretty narrow).

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Lexis Huiting
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Dary P
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Richard Adams
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Great hike!!! We were the only ones there. There was a motorhome and a car driving in when we were leaving. Definitely confusing when you get through the first canyon. We hiked clockwise, hiked out of canyon following Alltrails map but rather than making the turn back along top of second canyon we walked to the end of that canyon then went down into it connecting with the trail. I thought it was a fairly easy hike. Seen one huge spider climbing out of first canyon then encountered about a 3 1/2-4 foot rattle snake on way out about 3/4 mile from parking lot. It coiled up about 2 feet from my wife and daughter where they stopped to get water from backpack. Follow all trails map and you cant go wrong or enter 2nd canyon from the end.

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David Levitt
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Really beautiful but Do as an out and back. Definitely no trail up on the steppe or we couldn’t find it

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Amy Halterman
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Great!No shadeRocky

I went here today. Gorgeous rock formations, easy trail to walk. There's some shade near the beginning of the trail, but none after for well over a mile. There were few bugs, no critters, no people. It was quiet. peaceful, and secluded.

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Brandi Barnhart
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The so-called loop does not exist… You basically get to the end of the canyon and have to ascend the canyon wall, but there’s nowhere specifically to do it. We were lucky to have our All Trails app to help us find where to go. There’s a lot of cheat grass, no water and no shade available. Watch out for snakes!

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Alaina Paglia
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRocky

Ok so I loved this trail and actually made it through the entire loop! But I have to say half of the loop is not a finished path and hard to find. I ran into a family who let me follow them because I forgot to download the map otherwise I was going to have to backtrack to the trailhead. So unless you download the map before (there is no cell service) you will never find the full loop. So download the map before!! It’s beautiful regardless and was a fun hike!

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Amanda Manning
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This trail is perfect for early spring and fall. Very dry exposed trail not good during summer time. May was the perfect time! Surprisingly crowded for its location and lack of popularity. It exceeded my expectations and had such amazing rock formations on far grander scale than the name implies. Some greenery and flowers but was already drying up including Creek beds. Very easy level trail perfect for families with small kids. Dog friendly as well . Though there's sheep grazing at trail head entrance so aware especially if you have a hearding dog! Very much worth the drive. Take the back roads if coming from Boise or west side. Such a lovely drive!

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paula talbott
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This was so beautiful. You would never know that this little world of rocks existed from the road. You walk in and feel as if you’ve been transported to Utah. Phenomenal. You do lose the trail in the creek bed, but just rock hop the rest of the way...you can’t get lost.

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Alicia Shea
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HikingBugsNo shadeOff trailRocky

Beautiful hike. Lots of ticks and trail was hard to see.

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