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22 Places I've Been by hjmarshall18

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Packsaddle Lake

Tetonia, Idaho

9.3 miles W of Tetonia, Idaho

Packsaddle is one of the less well known lakes/trails in the area. If you've got a good offroad vehicle, you can probably make it all the way to the end of the road, otherwise, it's just an extra 0.5 miles up the hill. Even to get to that point though, you'll push the limits of your car or mini van and be required to do some pretty technical driving. The descent to the lake is pretty steep (300ft elevation drop) but only about a 1/2 mile to the lake. You'll be able to see the lake from the top of the trail. There's a rope swing and a little camp area on the eastern edge of the lake.

Mountain Bike Trail

It starts on a slight incline and then gets gradually steeper. Trail is pretty smooth. After a tough climb, you get a downhill followed by a field. Then there's a fork in the road. If you actually want to get to the lake, take a left at the fork. Climb some more. View the beautiful Tetons on your left. You'll come to a clearing at the top. If you look down to the left, the lake is between the trees down the steep decline singletrack. Don't ride right into the lake. It's freezing, and does a quick dropoff. Courtesy of
Dive, Hike, Mountain Bike, Snowshoe, Swim

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

swim Swimming Hole

hike Hiking Trail

snowshoe Snowshoe Trail

dive Diving Platform

Last visited on 16 Oct 2017
1.0-7.5 mi

Idaho Falls Greenbelt

Idaho Falls, Idaho

0.5 miles NW of Idaho Falls, Idaho

The Idaho Falls Greenbelt is one of Idaho Falls charms located in the heart of Idaho Falls, next to the historic Idaho Falls downtown. The paved foot-trail is approximately 6 miles around, following the river plus brings you past the hotels and some of restaurants in Idaho Falls. The trail is enjoyed by bicyclists, joggers or pedestrians who just want to relax and check out the sites beside the 22 foot waterfall, stretching over 600 feet wide. You cross the Broadway Bridge (on the west bank) to get a great view of the entire length of the falls. The path takes you down Riverside Drive, through the South side of downtown Idaho Falls, past the War Veterans Memorial, past a scenic viewing area, alongside fisherman's park, and more.

Broadway to John's Hole & Around 2.3 miles
John's Hole to Freeman Park 0.4 miles
Around Freeman Park 1 mile
Broadway to Pancheri & Back 1.4 miles

hike Hiking Trail

Last visited on 18 Jul 2017
0.3-0.6 mi

Cress Creek Nature Trail

Rexburg, Idaho

11.9 miles S of Rexburg, Idaho

Meandering along the scenic South Fork of the Snake River, the beautiful 1¼ mile Cress Creek Nature Trail will lead you on a journey through sagebrush-grass communities, over juniper covered slopes, and along a lush perennial creek. Cress Creek derives its name from the watercress plant, a favorite food of the moose that live in this area. With clear skies, prepare for an expansive view of the Snake River, volcanoes and farmland. The site offers ample parking, restrooms and trail accessibility, which attract a wide spectrum of trail users to the area. You will become familiar with life in the Cress Creek area as it is now and as it was long ago. If you hike quietly you may see deer, rabbits, small lizards, or possibly an eagle or a moose. The nature trail is self-guided with many beautiful interpretive signs posted along the way to assist you. The first half-mile of the trail is accessible by wheelchair.

On the northeastern corner of the trail, there's an overlook trail. Parts of it are pretty nice like the rest of the loop but some is barely recognizable as a trail. Parts of the trail are steep and parts of it go over some pretty loose rock. It goes for about a ½ mile all the way to the top of the hill. Just below the rim, there are several really cool caves. From the top, you can see from Rexburg to Idaho Falls.


hike Hiking Trail

Last visited on 7 Apr 2016
0.6-2.0 mi

North Menan Butte ('R' Mountain)

Menan, Idaho

4.5 miles N of Menan, Idaho

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.


  • 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
Camp, Cave, Hike, Mountain Bike

mountain bike Mountain Bike Trail

hike Hiking Trail

camp Campsite

cave Cave

Last visited on 23 Jan 2016
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