North Menan Butte ('R' Mountain) - Camp, Cave, and Hike near Menan, Idaho
1099 N 3600 E, Menan, ID 83434,Menan,Idaho
43.7854790009101, -111.99015499415
4.5 miles N of Menan, Idaho
Address: 1099 N 3600 E, Menan, ID 83434
GPS: 43°47'7.7"N 111°59'24.6"W
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State: Idaho

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The North Menan Butte is more commonly known to the locals and college students as R Mountain. Many kids know it better as Ou'R' Mountain. The butte is a rare and unique geological area and provides a great volcanic hike.

There's a paved parking lot and a vault toilet at the West trailhead. The first few hundred yards are well-maintained gravel and sand paths and the further you get, the less defined the trail gets, though it is relatively easy to find and follow. The switchback trails (South and West) are marked by sections of log fences. Towards the top of the West switchbacks, there's a chain handrail.  It gets a little steep so you'll want some shoes with some grip. The sand on the rock makes it pretty slippery in the steeper parts. You'll get better grip after a good rain. Once you get up to the top, there's an informational placard. From there, it's easy to hike the rim and get an awesome view of the valley including Rexburg, Henry's Fork, and the Snake River.

It's a great hike for a small family or just a quick hike for a date. Even going up the West switchbacks and around rim, including the 'R', and back down the same way is only 3.5 miles (longest route) so you can do it pretty quick if you want. There's so much to look at that you could also spend hours climbing rocks, exploring caves, and playing around "The Ampitheater". If you just want to get to the 'R' as quickly as possible, you can do the hike in as little as 2 miles roundtrip.

Distances:

  • West trailhead up the face to the rim: 0.5 miles
  • West trailhead up the switchbacks to the rim: 0.75 miles
  • West trailhead, from reaching the rim to 'R': 1 mile
  • South trailhead to the rim: 0.3 miles
  • South trailhead, from reaching the rim to 'R': 0.75 mile
  • Through the caldera: 0.6 miles
  • Around the rim: 2 miles
  • Rim to 'R': 500 feet 

There are no fees. Camping is allowed up to 5 nights but fires must be in an elevated fire pan and all the ash must be packed out. 

Posted regulations:

  • No motorized vehicle use
  • Discharging of weapons or fireworks is prohibited
  • Open fires are permitted only with an approved elevated fire pan and ash removal
  • Burning pallets, tires, wire, plastic, glass, metal, magnesium, or hazardous material is prohibited
  • Cutting or damaging vegitation is prohibited
  • 5-day camping limit

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Menan, Idaho

  1. Head east on E Menan Lorenzo Hwy toward N 3565 E (0.3 mi)
  2. Turn left onto N 3600 E
    Destination will be on the right
    (4.6 mi)
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hjmarshall18

10/16/17 11:33 am 1/23/16
Kind of a difficult hike up to the top, but a great view of the towns around the area.
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rachelvalentine

6/24/17 2:31 pm 6/1/17
Fun easy hike for the kids. Great view from the top. Well maintained.
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elico3000

5/30/17 9:27 am 5/27/17
This hike changed for me on Saturday. Sometimes I think we're just looking for different things. I took three kids on Saturday, ages 4,7, and 9. We walked up and around the rim. We took almost 5 hours and it was all just a ton of fun for them and I find plenty of it interesting and beautiful as well. We spent hours checking out what seemed like it had to be ALL of the caves and climbing on seemingly EVERY rock. I don't know how I never noticed all the cool caves before. The rock up around the ampitheater is really cool, kind of like Moab slick rock. The views of the valley were just gorgeous. There was a guy running laps around the rim. That seems like that would be a great trail run.
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jamadeus

4/24/17 11:01 am 6/21/16
A great hike by Rexburg! Not too hard, with lots of cool volcanic formations to look at and informational signs about the local flora and fauna. The view from the R is fantastic!
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katelocke

4/24/17 10:38 am 4/1/16
It's a good hike, but it's not incredibly scenic. It's a pretty steep/difficult hike on one side, but if you drive to the other parking lot, there will be handrails and easier trails to walk on. It's close to BYU-I, so if you don't want to drive very far from Rexburg, it's a decent hike to do.
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katiemia

9/10/16 2:01 pm
The hike isn't very long, but it is steep. If elevation gain is hard for you, be warned. But it can be a fun adventure. My tough little kids can hike it with only a little bit of hand holding on the slick parts. There are definetly some slippery places from sand over rock. I strongly suggest good gripping shoes. And make sure you take water. There is a permanent no flush toilet at the bottom, but no services at the top. There is a great view of the whole area, all the way from the Sawtooths to the Tetons
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elico3000

6/18/13 11:33 pm
This was a great hike for our little family. It was easy enough for my 5yr old daughter to hike up and for me to carry my 3yr old son. With breaks, we made the summit in about 40 minutes. The trail was pretty unclear at times but most of the time, you couldn't tell the difference anyway. Many in our group slipped quite a bit. Shoes with a good grip are pretty important.
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Trails

Distance ?

1.7 miles

Elevation Gain ?

700 feet

Real Ascent ?

839 feet

Real Descent ?

139 feet

Avg Grade (4°)

8%

Grade (-17° to 25°)

-31% to 47%

Distance ?

1.0 miles

Elevation Gain ?

470 feet

Real Ascent ?

554 feet

Real Descent ?

84 feet

Avg Grade (5°)

9%

Grade (-12° to 21°)

-22% to 39%

Distance ?

2.0 miles

Elevation Gain ?

1 feet

Real Ascent ?

403 feet

Real Descent ?

402 feet

Avg Grade (0°)

0%

Grade (-13° to 14°)

-23% to 26%

Distance ?

0.6 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-116 feet

Real Ascent ?

109 feet

Real Descent ?

225 feet

Avg Grade (-2°)

-4%

Grade (-17° to 11°)

-30% to 19%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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