Menan Butte Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews
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Menan Butte Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Menan, Idaho that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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20 days ago

Nice view, nice climb

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21 days ago

Offers some nice views of the surrounding area on clear days. Nice wildflowers in the spring (May). You will likely see several common sagebrush lizards, and can sometimes spot deer in the evenings down in the crater. The trail is mostly sand and lava rock. There is no shade. It's about 3/4 mile from the trailhead to the rim, and the 2 miles around the rim.

28 days ago

We've seen better views. Good explanation of vulcano at trailhead and at the top of the collapsed vulcano. Nice short walk. At the steeper part the trail was less easily found going up compared to going down.

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

This hike offers mixed difficulty (easy to moderate). It is steep and sandy going up and down (wear grippy shoes), then mostly flat on the top as you circumnavigate the rim. Go to the left and do a bit of bouldering on the interesting rock formations. Go to the right and discover an amazing wind bowl that invites exploration! If you decide to go all the way around, you will climb a bit more at the far side of the butte, or you can cut through the middle and scare up birds and lizards. I have hiked the Butte about 20 times and have only seen one snake but many lizards, dragonflies, butterflies, beetles, wildflowers, a couple chipmunks and only a few deer tracks. This is a very popular trail for hikers and runners. I usually see 3-5 other people. Some days I see none.

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1 month ago

Great trail. Hard to find loop trails in this area, but this one was just right for our second hike of the trip. Steep enough to be a challenge, but not too long. Great views.

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1 month ago

Nice vantage point of the Henry's Fork Snake River plain. Great spot for sunsets.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Great trail to start the day by catching the sunrise or end the day with a sunset. 360* Views are great!

2 months ago

Trail is good for area. Flatland. No shade, sandy and poorly marked in some spots. Good views and varying terrain make this a good hike.

2 months ago

pretty cool trail but no shade

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2 months ago

Great trail. There is no shade so this hike can get pretty hot in the summertime. I love to go in the evening and watch the sunset and hike back down in the dark with a headlamp.

3 months ago

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4 months ago

Do this hike frequently, great place to catch a sunrise/sunset. Lovely views of the valley on clear days. Great way to get the blood pumping, from start to top of the ridge.

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4 months ago

4 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike with our kids. The last stretch to the top is a little steep and it was a little more difficult for my 3 year old. Other than that I thought it was a fun and educational hike for my 11 year old!

4 months ago

Fairly long steep grade to start. I liked the challenge of the up and down rocky areas. My only negative comment was staying on the trail was difficult because of lack of trail markers.