Trails within the Teton Ranger District

Teton Basin Ranger District - Regional Trails & Outlooks

Aspen Trail

Reaching an altitude of around 6,900 feet the Aspen Trail spans 4.4 miles above the Teton Valley.

Basin Trail

Adventuring the Basin Trail within the Teton Basin Regional District could mean a day of area exploration, nature viewing, photography opportunities, trekking to new places, unveiling natural treasures, and enjoying a day out within some of Idaho’s most Scenic Destinations. Adventuring along this 6.4 miles trail leads to an overlook viewing the Tetons and Cascade Canyon.

The Basin Trail is moderately trafficked and mostly easy with some technical portions as the presentation of steep inclines are connected throughout the trail. The increase in elevation is over 4,000 feet, and though strenuous can make for an excellent workout. During warmer months remnants of snow may reside scarcely along ridges up until midsummer months and possibly into July. Trail users plan on experiencing company when hiking this commonly utilized path, it’s popular for a reason.

Grand Targhee Ski Area Trail System

It’s time to head out for a day of skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, nordic skiing, mountain biking, e biking, nature treks, field trips, area exploration, photography opportunities, birding, trail running, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, hiking and winter sports!

South Teton/Buck Mt. Pass

Find an adventure that may be suited just for you alongside the South Fork of the Teton Creek on the Teton Pass Trail South Teton/Buck Mt. Pass which runs a total of around 7.7 miles of moderately difficult trail. Continuing along the trail, travelers will likely enjoy discovering destinations including Roaring Creek and ultimately meeting up with Devils Stairs/Teton Canyon shelf just prior to the halfway point. Continuing forward along the trail area explorers who have made it this far and decide to push forward will come across the forefront of the Teton Canyon which is precisely where people enjoy stopping to take in the beautiful surroundings, have lunch, and camp overnight (without campfires-fires of any kind are prohibited, as well as overnight camping with horses, no horse grazing allowed).

Packing for an overnight trip at Teton Canyon might include proper insulation, first aid supplies, multi-use tools and gear, sustenance & fluids with electrolytes, lights, shelter, and proper navigation instruments. Bear spray in the backcountry is also another important consideration to account for or possibly alternate forms of bear protection.

The popularity of this trail may take away from the outdoor experience and is not recommended for those who are seeking an isolated outdoor experience. The trail offers several locations ideal for taking photographs, as well as locations great for stopping to take a shaded break.

As with any expedition the insects may pose to be friendlier than desired or not friendly at all, and therefore travelers may consider preparing ahead of time with deet products, essential oils, or a preferred method of insect repellent.

The terrain is a mix of rocky trails to open grassy areas. Trekkers rave about the scenic views of Buck Mountain year-round as long as the weather allows and surrounding conditions don’t consist of smokey fires that cloud the air.

The trail may become demanding and strenuous, be sure to prepare accordingly for water and plenty of nutrients to sustain the duration of your travels.

The weather patterns may present sporadic changes causing the need for alternate attire and/or travel plans altogether. Worst-case scenarios call for the shiny folded foil paper space blanket that’s neatly tucked away in the first aid kit and may help a person stay alive. The space blanket is a lightweight item worth considering and adding to any pack. Space blankets are especially handy when warding off the elements on an unexpected stay overnight, being caught in an unexpected storm, or similar. Though, when planning any trip that exposes an individual to the elements it’s best to plan ahead and avoid the need for the use of an emergency space blanket, and in the unlikely chance that the need for a space blanket does arise, having that lightweight polyethylene terephthalate, or mylar blanket handy may help retain critical body heat needed for survival depending on the severity of the scenario.

Be prepared to make last-minute changes as severe weather, lightning storms, and flash flood conditions may pose an unnecessary risk of harm. Heading back down the mountain to safety is likely safer than attempting to brave conditions that are not ideal. Rescheduling a trip may be a wise choice rather than braving out conditions that pose a risk to anyone’s safety. What many people may not realize is that the statistics reveal that a human may survive up to around three weeks without food, three days without water, and three hours exposed to the elements. The statistics don’t apply to everyone, those provide a very important message to be prepared and make smart choices before and during each and every trip.

Hold on to what you got. And be sure to pack in and pack out in order to keep traveled areas pristine and pleasant for everyone.

Packing lite might include solar LEDs for maximum lighting without having to lug around all the extra weight of a lantern or flashlight.

Remember to make accommodations for pets left behind that will need a caretaker. Prepare accordingly for pets traveling along for the journey and supplies that will accommodate their needs while traveling. Pet first aid supplies and medications may vary from the typical supply list.

Blacktail-Piney Pass Trail (229)

Blacktail-Piney Pass Trail (229) - the nearest city is Driggs, Idaho. Motorcycle Trail Riding starts at Blacktail-Piney Pass Trail 077 (Blacktail Pass) and ends 2.3 miles in distance at Trail 077 (Piney Pass). This trail is designated for motorcycle use only, OHV use is prohibited. Blacktail - Piney Pass Trail #299 is rated as a black diamond with a low elevation of around 7,800 feet and an ascent peaking at 8,158 feet for 2.3 miles with an average travel time of 00:19:55 minutes from beginning to end. This trail is rated for hiking, biking, mountain biking, hiking (up to class 1), horse riding, trail running, and dirt biking/moto. The Blacktail - Piney Pass Trail #299 is a single track in both directions.

Blacktail Pass acts as an essential component to completing both Garns Mountain Trail as well as Piney Peak Trail as part of the Horseshoe Canyon Trail System. Situated in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest each of these trails provides sweeping vista views, rolling hills draped in wildflowers, incredible at sunrise, and if staying overnight, sunsets. The landscape is inundated with dense green shrubs, grasses, and brush which makes the ideal recipe for critters and insects galore! The west trail descent is swamped with rocks, narrow switchbacks, and a fair share of root presentation. By and by the trek up the mountain is worth the hard work and the reward equal the effort. Be prepared for a fair share of creek crossings.

Calamity Creek Trail #244 - Starting at an elevation around 6,500 feet gain elevation at a steady pace ascending 1,834 feet across a total of 5.1 miles to the peak which sits at 8,080 feet. The aggressive ascent boasts incredible scenery. It has been reported that this location is seasonal and snow is not groomed.

Canyon Creek-North Fork Trail (227)

North Fork Canyon Creek Trail starts off at Trail 225 as a single-track ascent up Big Hole Mountain and ends at Trail 060. Pack up the mountain bikes, the ohv’s, and perhaps the camping gear as the beginning of your next Idaho adventure. Venture towards Ryan Peak at a height of 8,852 feet or perhaps head the other direction towards Monument Peak situated at 7,651.

The North Fork Canyon Creek Trail boasts a 7% - 18% grade depending on the location and ascends 1,776 feet across 4.5 miles. Decked with thick vegetation lining the landscape floor, this route attracts travelers who delight in the rolling countryside. The gratifying accomplishment of a pleasant trek across the picturesque territory. Following alongside North Fork Canyon Creek the trail brags enchanting vistas united with a wholesome insistence of physical exercise.

Darby Canyon Windcave Trail

Starting at the trailhead near the city of Driggs, Idaho ventures out for a day of area exploration traversing the forested scenery that leads to the popular and beautifully scenic Darby, Idaho. This is bear country and traveling in groups or having bear protection is advised. Not for the faint of heart, the trail may become wet and slippery and pose dangerous conditioners for hikers and adventurers.

Decoster Trail

Situated within the wooded pines of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest lies the non-motorized Decoster Trail. Popular for day hikes and mountain biking, the trail is a common favorite for many.

Arduous may be a preferred description of the North Decoster Trail, as it presents steep ascents and narrow descents. South Decoster Trail does not prove to be as technical as the North Decoster Trail though proves challenging for some.

Within the first few miles of the trail, a few stream crossings will present themselves. The trail crosses include south badger, steep creek, yellow creek, juniper creek, John's creek, north badger creek present themselves within the first 5 miles of the trail and become more of an obstacle during high water flow season.

Dry Ridge Trail (013)

Situated in Tetonia, Idaho, Dry Ridge Trail presents this delightful horseback or hiking trail ideal for a quick trek starting at road 007 and ending at trail 017.

Please keep in mind, anytime dogs are allowed on trails to accommodate for the watering needs and breaks in the shade to cool down core temperature for four-legged friends. Dogs when exposed to the heat, may overheat and get heat related illness. Heat-related illnesses for dogs may lead to the potential worsening symptoms and are not worth the stress to any four-legged companions. Nowadays, there are droves of neat low weight cups designed specifically to accommodate the low-weight needs of hikers, bikers, and travelers and their dogs'. Foldable cups are a great example of the many items available on the market. These lightweight cups are compact and bare very little weight though can make for a great watering option while out on the trails. Streams and creeks are excellent sources of water though aren’t always going to be readily available when needed, be sure to bring enough water for any accompanying dog(s). The water requirements for a dog that weighs in at around 40 pounds on any given day will likely range around 0.5-1.5 gallons, now, imagine how much that need for critical water to help cool down, will increase with strenuous exercise! Hopefully, the water requirement example gives pet owners an idea of where to start their research on how to best accommodate their furry friend. As long as it is warm or hot, keeping a dog in shaded areas on cool ground, wetting a dog's paws/pads, and letting a furry friend stop for a refreshing splash while crossing a stream may help them in the long run and keep you on the trail longer. It’s worth taking a few extra moments to accomplish the best interest of accompanying dogs or pets.

Elk Flat-Relay Station Trail

Starting in Driggs, Idaho packs up the OHV’s, horses, mountain bikes or simply head out on this single-track trail for a mix of steep rocky sections on a 1.2-mile trail. The Elk Flat - Relay Station Trail completes the North Canyon Creek and South Canyon Creek trails to make a loop if traveling longer distances is preferred.

Fox Creek Trail (035)

The 7.6 mile Fox creek trail is located near the city of Victor, Idaho and positioned in such a way that it receives a significant amount of run-off during the spring months ultimately washing the trail out or making it difficult to traverse at times. Due to the off-camber unreconstructed presentation, and high level of difficulty to navigate, hiking this trail is not recommended. The Fox Creek Trail begins at Road 063 and ends at Trail 008. Due to the difficult terrain, this is a lightly trafficked trail and August is the suggested month for traversing this terrain.

Fred’s Mountain Trail

Fred’s Mountain Trail is part of the Grand Targhee Resort and runs approximately 3 miles across the wooded region of Fred Mountain and begins at the Targhee Area base. Hiking, Horseback Riding, and nature treks will lead trail adventurers to Trail 023. Combining the Fred Mountain Trail via Bannock Trail creates a 5.8-mile option.

Teton Crest North Trail

The Teton Crest North Trail is one that explorers certainly will want to remember. If you enjoy taking photos bring the camera, a cellular device with photography ability, or the best lightweight option you have access to in order to take what will likely be some photography opportunities that most people never get in a lifetime. This 40 miles adventure comes with a wealth of requirements when it comes to preparation as the trail makes for a multiday trip and likely will present changing weather patterns due to the higher altitude.

Please take heed of rules, signage, advisories, warnings, and of course common sense. Wild animals, creatures and insects are just that, wild. These wonderfully unique characters rely on natural instinct and when they feel confronted by danger, anything making way through their home territory, the animals will be at a higher level of sensory awareness to keep themselves, their herd, pack, or group of little ones safe. Keep a safe distance from wildlife and do your best to avoid coming in close contact with an animal that doesn’t know you're coming up the mountain for a weekend getaway adventure. Stomping, clapping, making loud deep-toned noises helps warn wildlife that you are a creature coming through that is likely not one they want to engage with. Hunger may have an effect on judgment when it comes to wildlife presenting themselves. Consider various additional methods of protection against animals as well as get to know several ways you can go about staying safe in the event that the occasion of an animal presenting itself does occur. Becoming aware of your surroundings, knowing how to spot animal tracks, properly identify dropping or otherwise known as scat, and gathering a better understanding of the various wildlife creatures, and their patterns and behaviors (whether erratic or natural), may aid in determining a reasonable course of action while exploring.

Described as difficult, the North Crest Teton Trail might not be a preferred trail for a number of adventurers. The Teton South Trail may be the better option for those unfamiliar with the demands of the Teton North Trail. No matter where you are within the region, in a car, on a bike, or trekking the trails, it is recommended that all visitors to the area maintain a distance of at the very least 100 yards from bear and wolves and 25 yards from all other wildlife, those distances could quite easily be double by staying aware of your surroundings and remaining on designated pathways.

A traveling tip for the less experienced might be to consider traveling with folks that know what they are doing! If no one comes to mind, that’s ok, there are many organizations that can help point you in the right direction and get connected with possibly a tour guide or local group who can help in assisting those who’d prefer traveling with folks who have more experience.

Teton South Trail

Take a moment to prepare for Teton South Trail in order to accomplish aggregate positive outcomes. For the curious searching for some of the topmost dramatic landscapes, the Teton Range definitely makes the list.

The last thing folks want to have happened is to arrive at the summit to the realization that the camera batteries are dead, or the memory card is filled with important engagement photos, or the backup battery got left on the kitchen counter at home.

This astonishingly beautiful area is one that will leave folks with memories that last a lifetime. Spanning the Teton South Trail wanderers realize that some of the earth's largely intriguing riches remain situated closer to home than initially anticipated. Some people travel the world to find destinations that exist within the U.S.! Teton South Trail is one such location. Words don’t describe the depth of the beauty in the vast open spaces surrounded by dramatic peaks, craggy cliffs, snowy slopes and expansive landscapes clothed in vegetation. The sediment that drives visitors to pursue Teton South Trail likely key into the beauty that may be found here, the opportunity to escape the monotony of everyday living, and discovering new locations to call your new favorite.

Making the proper appropriations for such trails might include setting aside time to purchase necessary food, fluids, gear, and tools. If choosing to borrow any items, be sure to test these items out before relying on them to work properly when outdoors.

Predominantly wildlife sightings within the Teton Range consist of sandhill cranes, bison, elk, bears, moose and wolves, though that's not to say that others have not occured. A few destinations within the region that increase the chances of coming across wildlife include Moose-Wilson road, Antelope Flats, Oxbow Bend, and the Willow Flats area. The region is also home to incredible birdlife including pelicans, great blue herons, egrets, and spectacular birds of prey.

Many will agree that there is nothing that quite compares to viewing or even simply experiencing big game in its natural habitat.

Imagine waking up, unzipping the door to your tent to scenic views that stretch across the tall grasses that are covered in morning dew as the low lying fog floating across the vegetation slightly shifts around the suns rays beaming through the spaces between the pines, only to realize that there is a massive beast that has somehow made it close enough for you to see the steam coming out of its nostrils into the cold mountain air. An elk in fact is wearing the largest most magnificent pair of antlers known to mankind. You gasp silently as the elk belts out the most intriguing, yet mildly frightening bugle as a cloud of heat from its mouth billows into the air, sending every last hair on your neck plunging against gravity into the air. Shocked in amazement you still have to grasp what you’ve just experienced. You zip the tent back up and lie down once again wondering if you're still dreaming. Moments within the Teton Range easily go down on the extraordinary list of memories. Not to say that everyone that comes here to explore will have that similar experience though being immersed within the Teton territory has a way of transforming everything in and around it into a majestic dreamlike setting.

Finding the difficulty deciphering your office from your weekend days off may mean it’s time to take some time to enjoy the outdoors. Teton Trail South may be just the place to help redefine self and reinvigorate your life’s purposes.

Tin Cup Trail

Located within the Caribou Targhee National Forest, the Tin Cup Trail stretches across 2.9 miles and connects to Green Mountain

Trail (091) and Andy Stone Trail (061). Hiking and Backing are a few of the most common activities that take place at Tin Cup Trail.

Twin Creek Trail

The Twin Creek Trail makes its way across 2.3 miles, starting at Trail 6195 and ending at Trail 6129. The Twin Creek Trail is primarily utilized for Motorcycle Trail Riding.

Regional Campgrounds include:

Mikesell Campground

Pine Creek Campground

Reunion Flat Group Campground

Teton Canyon Campground

Trail Creek Campground

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