Caribou Mountain

Victor, Montana

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There are many miles of interconnected trails in the Caribou Mountains southeast of Idaho Falls, and a hiker could spend several weeks happily traveling all of them. Those efforts would be especially rewarding in the fall, when the maples, willows, cottonwoods, and quaking aspens turn the hillsides into a colorful palette of yellow, red, and orange. The scenery is more subdued than in the nearby Snake River Range to the east, but wildlife is more abundant here and, except for hunters, people are few. No one trail is better than another, but most hikers start at the Bear Creek trailhead near Palisades Dam and select from any of several possible loops to viewpoints atop Red Peak and Deadhorse Ridge.
Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

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Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

There are many miles of interconnected trails in the Caribou Mountains southeast of Idaho Falls, and a hiker could spend several weeks happily traveling all of them. Those efforts would be especially rewarding in the fall, when the maples, willows, cottonwoods, and quaking aspens turn the hillsides into a colorful palette of yellow, red, and orange.

The scenery is more subdued than in the nearby Snake River Range to the east, but wildlife is more abundant here and, except for hunters, people are few. No one trail is better than another, but most hikers start at the Bear Creek trailhead near Palisades Dam and select from any of several possible loops to viewpoints atop Red Peak and Deadhorse Ridge.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Victor
Distance: 0
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 0
Season: Usually open late June-October Best: July, late September and early October
Local Contacts: Trail length and days vary. Lots of hunters in October; many trails are open to motorbikes.
Local Maps: USGS Commissary Ridge, USGS Palisades Dam, USGS Red Ridge
Driving Directions: Directions to Caribou Mountain

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Apr 2018