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Hiking Trails

Mountain Trails, Riverside Paths, Pristine Lakes,...

Pristine lakes, noble mountains, abundant wildlife, and picturesque rivers are the heart of Idaho parks and trails. Combine all that with superior camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting and you have world-class adventure that you can't get enough of.

Eastern Idaho has enough parks and trails to satisfy even the heartiest outdoorsman. Climb the Tetons. Watch Old Faithful erupt. Navigate a dune buggy. Meander the riverside paths along the Idaho Falls Greenbelt. Explore our parks and trails and discover the beauty of Eastern Idaho.

Big Springs

  • HC 65, P.O. Box 975, Island Park
  • Hiking
  • 208-558-7301
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More than 300 miles of groomed trails set a course for snowmobilers of all abilities to tour spectacular mountain terrain. Warming huts provide winter enthusiasts with a cozy place to rest and plenty of parking is available for all to enjoy this scenic area.

Coffee Pot Rapids

  • Hiking
This hike along the Henry's fork of the Snake River samples the birds and wildlife of the river in a tranquil stretch. The river flows so gently here that algae make the water green. Because the trail is shaded, the hike is pleasant on a hot day. The destination, Coffee Pot Rapids, sprays white water in a dark, narrow section of the canyon.

Cress Creek Trail

  • Hiking
The Cress Creek Nature Trail has been used by schools for years for field trips for grade school children. Yet the gentile hike provides a wonderful panorama of the South Fork of the Snake River during the summer and an explosion of color in the fall that all age groups will enjoy.

Golden Lake

  • Hiking
The hike to Golden Lake in Harriman State Park is an easy hike leads through the wildflower meadows beside crystal ponds, creeks, and lakes that reflect the sky and clouds. Golden Lake nestles in lodgepole pine-covered hills, marsh grass and meadows with a view of the blue crags of the Tetons in the distance, like mountains in a dream.

Packsaddle Lake Hiking Trail

  • Hiking
Packsaddle Lake is located in the Big Hole Mountains on the western side of Teton Valley. The drive to the Packsaddle Lakes trail head and the hike itself provides unparalleled panoramic views of the Teton mountain range. Do not be in such a hurry to start the hike that you forget to look east to the Teton mountain range.

Palisades Lake Trails

  • 3659 East Ririe Highway, Idaho Falls
  • Hiking
  • 208-523-1412
Map Both lakes were formed ages ago when giant landslides came down the canyon and blocked the creek. The canyon is thickly forested with fir, as well as some aspen and willow. If you scan the mountain walls you may see mountain goats. It is 4 miles to the lower end of the lower lake.

Wind Caves

  • Hiking
An interesting cave by Darby Canyon is the major draw to this popular west slope hike, closely followed by intermittent waterfalls splashing down the canyon rim along with impressive displays of wildflowers. The Wind Cave snakes through the Darby Formation, a thick layer of 350 million year-old dolomite. The trailhead is located about 20 minutes just outside the town of Driggs.