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Targhee Creek Trail

MODERATE 71 reviews

Targhee Creek Trail is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near West Yellowstone, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,270 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This trail has a bit of a split personality: the first few miles are a pleasant, family-friendly stroll through forests, meadows, and wildflowers that doesn't stray far from Targhee Creek. After the first unbridged stream crossing, it starts to gain elevation and quickly climbs right up to the Continental Divide Trail at 9000 feet. The area is known to be a wildlife hangout, including grizzlies and moose, so be prepared and practice basic wildlife caution.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was very quiet. Only 2 other groups. No bugs. At least nothing biting. The shade was plentiful but also very hot in the open No spotting of wildlife along the trail. Perhaps saw a bear track in some fresh mud. The trail does get quite steep around 3-4 miles up the trail. Unless you have a gps you would not know where the creek trail ends and continental divide trail begins. We actually went around 1 mile beyond the 5.35 mile mark wondering if there was something more significant such as a lake or something higher up. Nothing we could see but did not get over the ridge. It took us around 6 1/2 hours to hike the 13 miles Nice hike would go again and recommend to others

hiking
1 month ago

Very well maintained and marked. We went about 4.5 miles up with our dog. Very beautiful! We saw one mountain biker. We will definitely do it again. Excited to bring the mountain bikes next time!

hiking
1 month ago

Very well maintained and marked. We went about 4.5 miles in and brought our dog. Only saw one mountain biker. So beautiful! Would definitely do again. Excited to try our mountain bikes next time!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up to the third stream crossing about 5 miles from trailhead. Nice and shallow for doggie to walk across. Second stream crossing was the same. First crossing had an actual bridge. Saw 2 mtn bikers and three horse riders. Skeeters weren’t too bad but I did wear bug spray still got bit by a couple of pesky flies.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked the entire trail from trailhead to the end junction with the CDT. I had “Record” on the whole way out and it showed 6.7 miles, so if the app is accurate it’s more like 13.4 miles out and back, not the 11.7 shown. Also when we got to the point where we made the “sharp left turn” at the top of the track the actual trail doesn’t follow what the AllTrails map has and the app showed we were off trail. However, there was no other trail and by staying on the actual trail it did take us to the end. At the junction we headed up the CDT a short ways to see the melt lake. Pretty trail with lots of scenery and wildflowers. 2000+ feet of elevation change. There were two water crossings we waded across. We did run into the biggest porcupine I’ve ever seen and it lead us down the trail a ways before heading into the bushes.

horseback riding
2 months ago

enjoyed the trail very much great for my horses

hiking
2 months ago

We were staying in West Yellowstone and wanted to get away from the crowds in the National Park. We found this hike on AllTrails because of its proximity to our hotel. After reading the reviews, I wanted to at least go 2.5 miles in to get to the foot bridge someone mentioned. It was an extremely easy hike there and we decided to continue. We hiked about 3.5 miles until we decided to head back due to incoming inclement weather. At about mile 3.2 you cross the creek on a series of logs. It was a little sketchy but not impossible. All in all it was a beautiful hike. We didnt see any big wild life but the biting flies were bad. I suggest bug spray.

hiking
3 months ago

Very pretty area. Went in about 2.2 miles and then back out. Very easy up to that point at least.

hiking
3 months ago

Scenery is incredible. We only went in about 2 miles because one of our party had recently had surgery. Will definitely come back to do the rest of the hike as the portion we did was very easy.

hiking
3 months ago

no real endpoint, I went farther than 2 miles. Nice and easy though.

hiking
3 months ago

We just did about 2 miles in and then back out because of the distance listed in AllTrails. After we got back we found another site that told us if we had gone another .5 mile we would have hit a footbridge which could have been kind of cool! It was gorgeous meadows and occasional amazing views of the river. I actually thought we would be hiking closer to the river so just know you’re above it and in the meadow mostly so might be kind of hot on a hot day but we went when it was in the 70s and it was great. There is a little place to go down to the river about .8 miles in which was the kids favorite part. There was a giant log to cross and they could throw rocks in etc . Could have gone down to that and then gone back for a perfect short hike but didn’t mind the extra time in the forest and meadows. I did read you could camp and thought I saw evidence of where some campers might have been. Kind of an adventure getting to the trailhead over a bumpy dirt road so kids liked that too!

hiking
3 months ago

Truly lovely trail. We hiked to the lakes, encountered patches of snow, which were not a problem until we hit 9000 feet attempting to hike west on the CDT toward Targhee Peak. Took a bracing swim in Clark lake, and spotted a family of 4 mountain goats on the high ridge behind the lake. Wildflowers are starting to come out, should be amazing in a couple of weeks. Hiking to the lakes took us 3.5 hours going up and require several bridgeless river crossings; the first few miles however are easy and beautiful for families.

hiking
3 months ago

pretty trail. went at 1pm and saw 11 people going up the trail as I was coming back. first trail I have seen people on while hiking the greater Yellowstone area. I did 3 of the 6 miles. do not stop at the tiny little bridge at the end of the all trails map. go to the next cool one that actually crosses the river. good place to relax for a few.

hiking
off trail
over grown
4 months ago

Fun Family hike. The trail was overgrown but there are other trails not to far from the original ( they run parallel). Terrain was not steep and no noise pollution. * There is a stream you can follow south bound. You can cross the stream at a bridge ( marked closed but not private land). You will find large fields to walk through about half a mile in. * not a lot of people around, suggest bringing Bear Pepper Spray

hiking
4 months ago

6/15/19. Great little hike that I did with our dog and my 77-year-old mother (who is in real good shape). Coming from the south, Island Park direction, my phone told me to turn too early and I saw the “no trespassing” sign at Targhee Ranch that another reviewer described. The actual turnoff is another thousand feet up the road and is clearly marked with signs along the roadside. The trail continues on after the marked end in the AllTrails map. We continued on to the bridge crossing over the creek and out into a beautiful meadows valley. Minimal mud, no snow. Entry road would be tricky for a long trailer or 2wd car.

hiking
4 months ago

Lovely trail, runs right by the water at a few points and meanders next to it down a beautiful set of hills and views. We’ll head back again when the snow is all melted , the buds are all starting to form and it’ll be gorgeous once they all bloom.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail was close to our RV park, Red Rock RV, also close to a West Yellowstone. Dirt road leading up to the trailhead from the highway was a bit rocky but not too bad. Did the hike with our two dogs and 7mo daughter. Great landscapes throughout the trail, right next to the river most of the way. The trail map ended at around 2 miles in from the trailhead but the trail actually continues on after the two miles. A little bit of snow but almost all melted. Great hike especially with us being the only ones on the trail from start to finish.

hiking
5 months ago

We were unable to get in due to a locked gate saying “No Trespassing”

hiking
Monday, August 13, 2018

It was a perfect hike for young kids. Between my sister’s kids and mine, we had five children from ages 3-9. About 1 mile in we saw a little trail down to the creek and the kids had a blast. They even got wet trying to cross on fallen trees and it was no problem since we were so close to the cars. I would definitely go back and go farther if I didn’t have the kids.

hiking
Friday, August 10, 2018

We loved this short hike, despite less than ideal weather. The cool light rain didn't stop us from enjoying the sounds of Targhee Creek and the beauty of the countless wildflowers still in bloom. The lack of ascent/descent made it great for the kids and easy on the knees. We completed this trail (turning around at the first foot bridge), bit could've easily pressed on much further as the trail continues. One caveat to the glowing review is we were unaware of how much bears are typically present in this area. While we knew of potential Grizzly encounters and took precautions to minimize risk, we read after the hike that this area is typically used as a re-location area for Yellowstone Grizzlies that get too near human activity and may be less skittish. Ultimately, we didn't see any bears or their signs, but if you're hitting this trail (and you should), plan for the possibility.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Easy to use product.

hiking
Thursday, July 05, 2018

July 5. Nice short and easy hike. Not crowded at all pasig boo one in either direction going out. Wildflowers were abundant. We only did about 2.5 miles a bit past the end of hike 1 as shown per this app before turning back due to some time constraints. Would like to get further in to some of the lakes that show on the topo maps of the area.

hiking
Monday, May 28, 2018

fun hike, went the extra few miles and went to the Continental Divide and a couple of small lakes, saw a few deer and a mountain goat with a kid

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Very nice scenic hike. Easy. My 3 boys loved it.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Very nice hike for our family of 5. Easy trail along the creek and beautiful views.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

beautiful hike little muddy and snowy but amazing

hiking
Friday, September 01, 2017

went labor day weekend. beautiful views, limited flowers left. would be an easy trail for kids and a nice bike trail. didn't see any animals but the path runs along the creek most of the way. no one mentions the road going into the trailhead. It was a little rough. we took the RV and cautiously made our way. there are a few boondocking sites along the way and there is a turn around at the trailhead. If you are staying at Henry's Lake it is a nice little hike not far from the campgeound.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

great easy walk with good views. spend the time to see the creek up close. it is so clear and cold.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Beautiful day, moderate temp. Still a few flowers. Great family trail.

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