Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in Idaho with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
9 hours ago

Good hike with some neat waterfalls along the way. Pretty steep in some parts but overall not terrible. The upper lake (hub) is definitely worth the extra half mile up. Clear water lakes perfect for a quick dip. Over all enjoyable as a nice day hike.

This is a great family hike. We made it all the way to the back of the wind cave with our kids (9, 6, and 3 years old) and an excited German Shepherd. Our family loved this hike with countless wild flowers, a waterfall, and the wind cave. You're supposed to keep your dog on a leash. But don't be surprised to see other people not following the rules. Our dog was one of three out of probably 30 dogs that was on a leash. A minor frustration for those of us that are constrained to following rules.

I absolutely loved this trail it’s well kept and absolutely gorgeous there are so many flowers and out look spots! And it’s not a hard hike. I would do this hike over again:)
You do need head labs and so water shoes or another pair to change into( you do have to cross some water and my feet out soaked)

backpacking
2 days ago

Scenic trail that wasn't hard even with an overnight pack. I shared the trail with elderly and children.

The skeeters at Hub Lake are thick and hungry; otherwise a great adventure.

7/11/2018 Tough hike. Less than seven miles RT and the guide book said to plan for 12 hours. What?!? I was convinced I’d do it in eight with a stretch goal of six. Humbled, it took me ten. I did lose the trail on the final push so I did some extra scrambling but “wherever you go, there you are”.

Most important thing to note in my mind is that if you climb very early in the morning, the snow bridge may be an ice bridge. There was no kicking holes in the snow and the existing boot holes were iced over and not very deep. It’s only about 25-30 steps but one slip will take you far away. Bring spikes or an ice axe. Later in the day it softens up. It was MUCH softer and easier by noontime.

I had the benefit of perfect weather and the views were amazing! i was the only person on the mountain. Two people were well behind me but they turned around at Chicken Out Ridge (which wasn’t that bad)

Great hike. Do it!

Beautiful day, waterfalls, lakes, good incline, shade and sun, couldnt have had a better hike today! Wondering around the lakes was worth adding the extra mileage! Mosquitos were terrible at Hazel but great campsites! This is now one of my favs!!

It’s a great hike with lots of scenery throughout and the only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because when we went the water was too much to get across and actually go into the cave which was our main goal. I’m not sure if it’s because it was raining days before or if the snow was still melting but we could not enter the cave. This was in early July.

Amazing place to hike! The views are amazing!

hiking
15 days ago

The hike itself was very pretty. A few spots where just off to the side of the trail had some major drop offs. I’d say kid friendly but not toddler friendly. If you go into cave take a headlamp and jackets. Inside the cave you have a few stomach crawls and eventually leads to a waterfall but to get to it you will need rock climbing gear. I would not take kids into cave, but would stop at the waterfall in the mouth of cave.

Beautiful hike. This was my second time hiking this trail. Beautiful views the entire hike. I went the 1st of July. The cave was fun to explore. I’d recommend you bring a change of shoes as there are several water crossings. If you go into the cave the hike is just under 7 miles out and back. Would be a great hike for kids. There are several switchbacks but nothing too steep.

We went in early July and it was beautiful there. Nice and green with lots of wild flowers along the trail. No bathroom so make sure to go before you leave the house. It took about 2 hours to get up and 1 hour down. We went around 3 on a Saturday and not a lot of people on the trail. Lots of switchbacks but not super steep. Unfortunately, we didn't see much wildlife. All in all, Great hike!!

We do this hike as often as possible.

I don't quite understand where the trail ends, we went 2.75 miles out and the trail kept going but we were running out of light, wherever it is supposed to end, this trail is certainly longer than 5 miles. Were we supposed to go to that cave? If so, that would have been a solid 7 miles at the least. At 1.8 miles you can see what I think is the "wind cave" at your 2oclock, this pretty much stays in sight for the next mile and the views are great all along this portion. I'm not sure where we were supposed to have gotten to and formally turned around, but anywhere after 1.8 miles up should do. This hike is a gentle climb, but it doesn't let up the entire way so it's quite exhausting. There are several water crossings at the beginning of the trail, we were able to go across some logs, but on the way back those had already been overcome with water flow so we had no choice but to wade through ankle deep. Beyond that, the trail was bone dry. Falls were flowing hard. Parents carrying toddlers on your back, trekking poles help tremendously make the water crossings to stay balanced on the logs as you cross.

24 days ago

The trail was beautiful, but it started hailing at the top. The waterfall coming out of the caves is still pretty full so access is limited. We will try it again later in the summer!

Beautiful hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my top trails ever. Went in early June and water was really flowing- saw multiple falls with trail culminating with a great view of wind cave. Take bear spray. This one can’t be missed.

walking
1 month ago

Nice short easy walk around a big rock. Nicely maintained trail with lots of opportunities to watch rock climbers going up and down the “Bath Rock”. Path has log steps in parts of the trail and log barriers surrounding parts of the vegetation with signs that say to keep dogs on leashes and out of the vegetation areas. Would be a great little walk for very young children. There was a lot of deer tracks in the soft trail dirt.

hiking
2 months ago

Almo, Idaho is home to two magnificent parks with natural rock sculpture gardens. This trail takes you around the rock hoodoo forest of Castle Rocks State Park. I suggest you to download the gpx and load it into your phone before starting the trail as most of Almo and the park has no cell service. While this trail takes you around the perimeter of the rock garden, going in will surely offer another amazing experience of hikes and rock climbing (rock faces). Most of the trail is well marked. From the trailhead, we walked into the rock formations. About 3/4 of the trail is well marked in the counterclockwise direction of the trail. However, once you get to the 3/4 mark, the trail markers seem to guide hikers back into the trail rather than back to the trailhead. Because of this, we ended up going through some of the rock formations, which cut off or down some of the trail. We finished the trail from the further parking lot, walking down the road back to the trailhead parking lot. Though we trekked back via the park road, it seems the actual trail actually also does end through walking on the park road to the trailhead parking lot, but from a different entry point. We are happy with the trail we ended up taking though it was not the expected one.

We went on this trek the spring. Going up to the high point, the trail was mostly flat with gradual 900 foot climb. However going down from the high point was a bit harder. The ascent down was steeper in some sections. Some sections were rocky and there were about 5-6 streams to cross, with some muddy sections. We neither got wet or stuck in mud. We did not have any of these obstacles on the way up. Though we saw some bought mountain bikes, and mountain bikers can do this trail, we did not see any on this trail. The way up would probably be easier for the bikers than the way down. The way down also had some ruts or gullys that could be tricky for mountain bikers to go around. I am saying this as a non-mountain biker! :D

Note: Alltrails named this trek "Cathedral Rocks Loop." but at the park, trail markers named this trek as "Castle Rocks Trail."

Also, somehow my recording stopped several times during the trek, so though our stats state 5.5 miles for about 5 hours, it was actually 6.2 miles in 5 hours.

Youtube video: https://youtu.be/fnehj4E-ofc

hiking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed hiking this loop. Great scenery and pretty neat watching the climbers. Only 3 other hikers on a nice April morning, but it did get busy in the parking lot as more people rolled in. Just get there early, or camp nearby as we did. Brought the dogs, they enjoyed it too, despite prickly pears.

camping
2 months ago

This was our first ever mountain climb. Summited on Aug 21 2017 the morning of the total solar eclipse. There are no words to describe how surreal the experience was. We also got engaged on top of the summit before totality. All around amazing experience. A lot harder than planned but mostly due to the altitude, give yourself time to adjust.

backpacking
3 months ago

Cool hike

We figured (3 of is) that it is closer to a 7 me round trip, but absolutely beautiful and worth the hike!

I did this hike in June of 2016 with my wife and son. Like that of previous reviews, this is a 10 mile out and back hike. This hike is also more on the difficult side as well. We ran into a number of people that were struggling on this trail that felt it was far harder than the moderate app rating. Personally, my family and I thought it was a beautiful hike with a lot of beautiful scenery. We will definitely hike this trail again if I’m ever in the neighborhood again.

beautiful view

I love this hike a lot.

One of our absolute favorites. We have gone in the summer, spring, and fall. It's gorgeous in the spring/summer with all the flowers

I just wanted to clarify for people this is actually a 10 mile hike. The description is extremely misleading. The 5 miles are not a loop and you will be ascending a steep grade for most the hike. The cave lies near the top of mountain and you will climb another mountain and work your way around the canyon. In addition, the drive to the end of Darby Canyon road involves 4 miles of gravel road that will be slow going to reach the trailhead. Make sure you are prepared and take suitable precaution. I have hiked many areas in the west and i would rate this as a moderate to difficult hike. It it definitely worth doing.

We started the trail with no snow and by the time we made it to the cave there was about 4 inches. Such a beautiful hike and the cave is awesome! The last tenth of a mile is the toughest part but not bad; I would consider the rest of the trail to be easy.

I went on this hike twice in my life while in a church camp. Sadly I've never been to the caves, but the hike is still worth making, it has gorgeous scenery, including some breathtakingly bright, colorful wildflower patches (depending on when you go of course) and the waterfall at the end is nice as well.
Only complain I have is that I remember it being a lot less steep than it actually was

Really beautiful trail. The hike up wasn't too bad, but it was steeper than I was expecting. The climb into the windcave was really steep. Also, don't wear Chacos on this hike. There are a good amount of rocks on the trail, and I caught the front of my sandals caught multiple times

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