Hiking and Bike Trails in Pocatello, Idaho
City Creek Management Area
The Hiking and Bike Trails in Pocatello, Idaho, whether on foot, horseback, mountain bike or off road vehicle, provide the outdoor enthusiast approximately 50 miles of exceptional hiking and riding trails within minutes of home. The City Creek Management Area, (CCMA) is within the city limits of Pocatello on the west bench. Comprised of approximately 3,000 acres the CCMA has 55+ trails. The longest trail is the 5.38 mile City Creek/Kinport Road trail and the shortest is the .39 mile Lichen trail. Terrain ranges from mild jeep roads to techie singletrack, through sage and cedar. Trail difficulty starts at novice and goes up to expert.
The City Creek Management Area Map shows the major trails and more detailed information.
To the South the City Creek trail system is interconnected with the Gibson Jack and Mink Creek areas providing additional multi-use trail systems on BLM and Forest Service lands within the Bannock Range.
There are also several multi-use trails and connections along the east side of the City that lead into the Portneuf Range.
Southeast Idaho Hiking and Bike Trails
Scenic riding in the Gibson Jack and West Fork Mink Creek areas. Located near Pocatello. This is a loop trail. Strenuous to begin with on the Gibson Jack singletrack but moderate thereafter. Technical difficulty: Easy overall. A few rocky, technical sections rate moderate.
The Valve House Loop on the South Fork of Mink Creek. Located 15 miles southeast of Pocatello.Gorgeous tour of the South Fork Mink and Valve House draws, with splendid views of Scout Mountain off in the distance. Skill Level: Moderate with several strenuous interludes. Technical difficulty: Easy. Nearly all the singletrack on this ride is sweet and buffed. A few rough spots rate moderate.
Dan’s Potpourri. Located 15 miles southeast of Pocatello. Moderate with several strenuous interludes. Technical difficulty: Easy. Nearly all the singletrack on this ride is sweet and buffed. A few rough spots rate moderate.
Three hiking trails southeast of Pocatello:
- West Fork of Mink Creek
Skill Level: Moderately easy for the 6-mile hike; moderate for the 8-mile hike, Length: 8 miles, Duration: Day hike
A pretty and popular area, ungrazed by livestock and closed to motorized vehicles.
- Deep Creek Crest
Skill Level: Moderate cross-country due to elevation gain and loss and some small cliffs., Length: 5 miles, Duration: Day hike
Easy access to the crest of a southern Idaho Great Basin mountain range. Fine views.
- Scout Mountain – East Fork of Mink Creek
Skill Level: Easy, Length: 4 miles, Duration: Either a day hike or overnight.
Pleasant woodland trail leading to good views of Arbon Valley and to an old beaver pond.