hiking
2 hours ago

Best hike closest to Boise. If you have the capability and have rock climbing experience, I would highly recommend climbing to the top for some serious beautiful views.

hiking
rocky
4 hours ago

While the trail was pretty, i felt as if i’ve seen better and it wasn’t worth the trip. To start off the trail is marked out very poorly. Make sure to look for road 316. The ride up RD 316 is pretty rocky and bumpy, i’d suggest a good suv with decent tires. It was a easy walk to the lake, the main lake has two pretty waterfalls. It seems to be a nice spot for people to want to fish. There was also a little snow left on the mountains, which was nice!

hiking
bugs
no shade
5 hours ago

quick & awesome hike! not a viewpoint at the top really. lots of crickets but they are harmless! we only saw one other person on the trail.

Better for horses

backpacking
bugs
snow
8 hours ago

The trails were very well maintained and easy to follow! This was my first solo backpacking trip and it was so amazing! I started out hiking counter clockwise and ended up staying the night at Edith lake, which was very quiet and not to buggy. Then I hiked back to the main trail and stayed at Alice lake the second night. Alice lake is pretty busy with people but the view is indescribable.

hiking
bugs
muddy
10 hours ago

As a sea-level northeasterner, this has been my favorite hike since visiting the region. Disclaimer: I only did 2 miles (4 total in and out). Where a stream intersects with the trail there was a little bit of mud but on the whole trail, that was it. There trail is about half in shade in an afternoon hike but I imagine in the morning there would be a lot more. Trail starts out wide and narrows to a one-person width but this wasn't an issue for me at all. Saw 5 people the whole time. Lots of parking was available and along the trail I spotted several spots to camp, some being really close to the run for water fillups for multi-day stays. There were wildflowers everywhere and they were so beautiful! Near mile 2 is a big clearing and meadow where you can see the aftermath of an avalanche from year(s) past. It was neat to see the power of nature and trees bent at 90 degrees from their roots and some still blooming for the summer. The trail was so full of life.

mountain biking
off trail
12 hours ago

running
16 hours ago

great local run. I recommend looping to the left at the rock/trail split in the beginning.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Drove to the trailhead. No snow on the road, looks like it might be snowy up high still. Hope to come back and make this hike very soon.

hiking
1 day ago

A great trail to spend half of the day on. Took my dog and kids ranging ages 10-16. The youngest doesn’t like going up hill but once we got to the top everyone was happy. We started off of bogus basin road and ended up going 9 miles. We saw tons of other hikers and a few mtbs. Everyone was considerate. We went on a warm afternoon but had no issues as it is shaded almost the entire hike, there’s maybe a 15-20min stretch without shade. Our hike took us just over 3hrs moving. We spent about 45min at stack rock enjoying the views, having a snack, and climbing some rocks.

hiking
blowdown
1 day ago

You get sawtooth scenery without the crowds on this hike. The main bear lake is an Alpine lake and has that blue water that is so stunning. The other lakes are called upper Bear lakes. did not find these as beautiful. not sure where buck lake is as no signs indicated a buck lake. only bear valley and upper Bear valley lakes. The main lake is the attraction here. lots of trees down on July 5th in the first two miles. only saw one other party the entire time. Another thing to mention is the drive in to get to the trailhead is pretty spectacular

Definitely closer to 14/15 miles but did not disappoint! Wasn’t overly crowded today and is not overly strenuous until the last mile to upper palisades.

Was actually surprised how much shade there was, little water streams for your dog to grab some water, super colorful out.

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 day ago

Trail is in good shape. Still some seasonal mud to watch out. Please rock hop or go through rather than creating social trails. Please also remember LNT principles when camping, this is a very popular loop and needs to be taken care of. Bugs are already out in force! Bring spray.

The only thing that I can say is bring bug spray! It’s like any other hike with the bugs but just be prepared. But this hike was beautiful! The way to the second lake was a little bit more challenging and up hill but was beautiful. Finding this the first time was also hard. Don’t listen to the GPS that is provided from the country store. When you get the the country store take a left and later a right on the cottonwood circle and keep going till rd 207. You’re gonna need a sturdier car to get to the trail head, it’s a little rocky towards the end

Great trail, we explored a few spaces along the way, we did the trail out and back in about 17 miles. Pretty muddy in spots along the way. Beautiful wildflowers.

hiking
bridge out
over grown
1 day ago

We hiked this trail on July 4th and found it to be in crowded and very moderate/easy. First miles are through pine forest then flower meadows with a beautiful view of the snow capped mountains. We encountered lots of butterflies and 2 antelope who crossed the trail. We started at 9:00. Trail is shaded sporadically except for the first/last 1/2 mile. Scrambled over the stream at 2 points: both times we found downed trees to cross. Besides the stream crossing, this is an easy hike. One steep 10 minute climb then mostly all flat. We started up the falls but found the vegetation to be too this for our liking. Found a nice spot by the lower falls to have a snack then headed back. For a longer hike, add Lady Face Falls on the hike back:access is off the main trail out and back. Overall was 11 miles.

Excellent trail, berry vines and flowers in full bloom. Once you get past first mile or so, very few hikers. But at the end 7+ miles trail goes straight up mountain with steep switchbacks. Worth the drive and the 3 hr +- in and out!

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Great trail. Well marked and easy to find. No shade so bring plenty of water.

The road to get to the trail is pretty much all dirt once you leave Rexburg. Their maintained though so it’s not bad at all. There was also swarms of flies that were annoying. Very pretty hike though. Especially at the top!! There’s also a round trip way that you can go once you get to the top.

Took my 4 year old on his first hike here! Had a lot of fun trying to catch grasshoppers, definitely a busy trail! It would have been 5 stars but people do not clean up after their pets out here... really a shame. Even found a doggy bag full of poo on top of one of the trail markers..

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Great views and wildflowers. No shade and pretty steep. Other hikers/bikers are friendly and respectful.

An incredibly easy and gradual uphill, coupled with a free-flowing smooth not very technical downhill. What a blast!!!

blowdown
muddy
rocky
snow
3 days ago

Amazing hike! Most of the trail is either a creek, muddy or large snow banks the higher you go. Road to the trailhead is great

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