Moody Swamp to Red Butte

HARD 6 reviews
#23 of 36 trails in

Moody Swamp to Red Butte is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rexburg, Idaho that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

7.3 miles
1374 feet
Out & Back


horseback riding

mountain biking

off road driving






The trail is also an ATV trail so there will be a a lot of ATVs and Motorcycles on the trail. This route follows road 077 until there is a less used path that goes off towards Red Butte. It is often used as a hill run for snow mobiles in the winter. Once on that part of the trail you kind of make your own way up the mountain as it gets really steep.

4 months ago

I've hiked this one with my kids twice, and neither time did we run into any other hikers or ATVs.

The trail is mostly shaded, and can at times be quite dusty. In the dusty sections, watch for animal tracks (deer, moose, coyote, and black bear).

The route shown on the description is different from the one that I take. Where the map shows the trail following the 226 road, you can actually continue on straight, and approach the summit from the West.

6 months ago

Solid hike with the only real hard part at the end when climbing red butte. If you don't like having dirt bikes, atvs, side by sides on the trail with you then you won't enjoy this trail. Great meadows and awesome views await.

6 months ago

The payoff view at the top is incredible. However the 'hard' rating I think is a bit excessive. It's a fairly moderate hike really and many would be able to do it easily. The hardest part was fighting off the constant horseflies!! It did NOT feel like 7.3 miles either. Maybe 6... but I don't have a tracking device. Great hike though.

6 months ago

This is a very good trail. It is relatively easy/moderate until you get to the final ascent. Then it becomes super steep and got rather difficult just underneath and on the snow banks that weren't melted all the way because it caused the ground down hill of the snow to be really muddy.

3 months ago

6 months ago