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South Fork of Gibson Jack Trail

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Caribou-Targhee National Forest

South Fork of Gibson Jack Trail is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Pocatello, Idaho that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 521 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

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A nice hike from a large graveled trailhead. The Gibson Jack trail follows the creek of that name along a sage, buckbrush and juniper open sidehill with scattered pines the first mile. The sage and junipers then give way to aspen and heavier stands of pine with mountain mahogany on the ridge caps. Expect to see mule deer and other big game. A cow and calf moose watched me toil up the trail but were too shy to let me get close enough for a good picture. The trail up the canyon is very moderate but the return loop has a steep climb but is well worth the effort with ridge top views of Pocatello, through the blackrock gap to Inkom and north to Fort Hall. The ridge leg of the trip leads through the dense pines and mountain mahogany near the crest with many ridge line views.

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11 months ago

Started down this trail after going up GJ trail just to see what it was like. I’m hoping that it loops around and back to the parking lot.

Mon May 06 2019

Really nice. Car park was busy but once we were on the trail it was like there was no one there.

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Wed Mar 20 2019

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Sun Jan 06 2019

Nice little hike. Peaceful. Quiet day on the trail for a Saturday afternoon. Saw a few deer. Lightly packed snow on trail. No Snowshoes or spikes needed

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Mon Sep 24 2018

Very little scenery or even trees. Tough climb. Just did it for the exercise. Views just OK at the top. Overall, boring.

Tue Mar 13 2018

Muddy!

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Tue May 14 2019

snowshoeing
Sat Dec 15 2018

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Wed Aug 01 2018

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Tue Jul 17 2018

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