Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Hiking - Easy Trails

With more than 1,200 miles of trails, outdoor enthusiasts would be hard-pressed to exhaust the possibilities for great hiking on the Targhee. Targhee's trails are open to backpackers and horse travel. Mountain bicycles are allowed on trails except in the Wilderness Areas. Motorized off-road vehicles are allowed on specified trails as indicated on District Travel Plan Maps available free from any Targhee Forest office.

Ninety-eight miles of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail traverse Targhee National Forest, from the western boundary of Yellowstone Park to Beaverhead National Forest. Much of the trail passes through high alpine backcountry, and rangers warn hikers that the eastern half of the trail runs through grizzly bear country. All grizzly bear guidelines should be used. The western half of the trail crosses high alpine grassy areas, and is not well marked. Hikers should be sure to carry maps of the trail, and take care not to stray from the Divide.

Remember—not all trails are maintained every year. And when traveling in large groups (15 or more), obtain a free group permit in advance.

Dubois Ranger District Trails

Divide Creek to Webber: 15 miles. Easy. Access at Bannock Pass Road. Excellent trail.

Italian Canyon: 5.5 miles. Easy. Access at Italian Canyon Road. Light usage, good trail.

Lake Creek: 2 miles. Access at Trail Creek Road. Moderate usage.

Rocky Canyon: 8.6 miles. Easy. Access at Highway 33.

Scott Canyon: 2 miles. Easy. Access at Scott Canyon Road. Moderate usage.

South Fork Pass Creek: 4.2 miles. Easy. Access at South Fork Road. Heavy usage. Good trail.

Stoddard Creek: 2 miles. Easy. Access at Stoddard Creek Campground. Light usage. Steep at top.

Table Mountain to Bear Gulch: 9.8 miles. Easy. Access at Bear Gulch Road. Moderate usage. Open to Rock Spring. Trailhead.

Trail Creek to Ching Creek: 5 miles. Easy. Access at Trail Creek Road. Light usage.

Trail Creek Cutoff: 1.7 miles. Easy. Access at Trail Creek Road. Moderate usage.

Van Noy Canyon: 1.1 miles. Easy. Access at Stoddard Creek Road. Moderate usage.

Webber Creek to Divide Creek: 15 miles. Easy. Access from Webber Creek Campground. Heavy usage. Excellent trail.

West Camas Creek: 4 miles. Easy. Access at junction of West Camas Trail and Jug Creek Trail. Light usage. Good trail.

Island Park Ranger District

Coffeepot Rapids South: 2 miles. Easy. Access at Coffeepot Campground. Heavy usage. View rapids.

Box Canyon: 3 miles. Easy. Access at Box Canyon Campground. Moderate usage. Fishing.

Railroad Right of Way: 22 miles. Easy. Access at South Loop, Big Springs. Moderate usage. 48-foot-wide max OHV.

Big Springs: 1 mile. Easy. Access at Big Springs. Moderately difficult. Interpretive Trail.

Ashton Ranger District

Carrot Ridge: 3.2 miles. Easy. Access at Conant Basin Trail. Light usage. Other trails, scenic, grizzly bear habitat.

Palisades

Big Elk Creek. 5 miles. Easy. Access at Big Elk Campground. Moderate usage. Scenic.

Bear Creek: 4 miles. Easy. Access at Bear Creek Campground. Heavy usage. Fishing, scenic.

Hawley Gulch: 2 miles. Easy. Access at Table Rock Campground. Heavy usage. Scenic.

Palisades Creek: 7 miles. Easy. Access at Palisades Campground. Heavy usage. To Upper Lakes, fishing.

South Fork: 6 miles. Easy. Access at Black Canyon. Light usage. Rim rock canyon view.

Teton Basin Ranger District

Buck Mountain Pass: 11 miles. Easy. Access at South Teton Trail. Heavy usage. Alaska Basin to Grand Teton National Park.

Moose Creek: 8 miles. Easy. Access at Moose Creek Road. Heavy usage. Fords, late spring.

North Teton Canyon: 6 miles. Easy. Access at Teton Canyon Campground. Heavy usage. Fords.

South Badger Creek: 4 miles. Easy. Access at South Badger Creek. Moderate usage. Poorly defined.

South Leigh Creek: 7 miles. Easy. Access at South Leigh Road. Heavy usage. Bisects other trails.

South Teton Canyon: 0.8 miles. Easy. Access at Teton Canyon Campground. Heavy usage. Parking available.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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