Slate Mountain/Gibson Jack Trail - Hike, Horseback, and Mountain Bike near Pocatello, Idaho
Gibson Jack Trailhead, 9812 Gibson Jack Rd, Pocatello, ID 83204, USA,Pocatello,Idaho
42.7928602, -112.4314193
5.5 miles S of Pocatello, Idaho
Address: Gibson Jack Trailhead, 9812 Gibson Jack Rd, Pocatello, ID 83204, USA
GPS: 42°47'34.3"N 112°25'53.1"W
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State: Idaho
Trail Length: 14.00 miles
MTB Difficulty: Intermediate
Trail Type: Loop
Hike Difficulty: Beginner

Hike, Horseback, and Mountain Bike

The Gibson Jack trail offers great views of Southeastern Idaho and a favorite trail among moutain bikers. This trail is a continuation of the West Fork Mink Creek trail and takes travelers further into the mountain area. Along the way, there will be plenty of Aspen, pines, junipers, and sage brush which will offer some nice shade. There are a few meadows that can make a nice spot to stop for a rest and take in the nature. 

If riding the monuntian bike trail, this route can be taken either clockwise or counter-clockwise. The more popular route is to follow the it in the clockwise direction. There are a few forks in the trail, the first comes at mile 3, and its best to stay to the left as the right trail ends up being very rocky and becoming a hike-your-bike trail. The next fork is at mile 5 and going to the right will follow the Slate Cut-off trail. This portion of the trail is downhill and very steep. Be careful as this portion ends up in a creek at the bottom, which can sink a tire pretty quickly if the rider is not prepared. 

Overall the trail can be overgrown, which makes spotting rocks a little difficult. There are some creeks along the trail that may or may not need to be crossed over. This trail is beautiful in the fall because of all the leaves changing colors and the cooler temperatures. 

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Never modify trail features. Ride trails when they're dry enough that you won't leave ruts. Speak up when you see others on the trail and always yield to hikers, horses, and others coming uphill. Always ride on the established trail.

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

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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
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Directions

From Pocatello, Idaho

  1. Head southeast on N 7th Ave toward E Wyeth St (0.2 mi)
  2. Turn right onto E Clark St (0.2 mi)
  3. Turn left onto N 4th Ave (0.3 mi)
  4. Turn right onto E Benton St (171 ft)
  5. Continue straight to stay on E Benton St (0.4 mi)
  6. Turn left onto S Arthur Ave (0.3 mi)
  7. Continue onto W Putnam St (0.1 mi)
  8. Continue onto S Main St (1.3 mi)
  9. Continue onto Bannock Hwy (2.6 mi)
  10. Turn right onto W Gibson Jack Rd (2.1 mi)
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Gibson Jack Creek MTB - Pocatello, Idaho by Charles Perry
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