This Is The Most Underrated Town In Idaho For Exploring Hiking, Biking, ATV Trails.
“Pocatello isn’t small. Its population is roughly around 55,000 people, yet few people are aware of all the beauty that awaits you here. It’s probably one of the most underrated outdoor destinations in eastern Idaho.
The Pocatello trail region is known as the Hiking, Biking, ATV Trails – Pocatello Region. It is composed of four trail systems: City Creek, Gibson Jack, Mink Creek and Scout Mountain. This region is located on the West Bench of Pocatello in the Bannock Range. City Creek Management Area, referred to as City Creek, is within the city limits of Pocatello and is managed and maintained by the City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation Department. Within minutes of leaving home the outdoor enthusiast can be on a trail accessible just blocks away from downtown Pocatello. These are recreational trails for horseback riding, campers, picnicking, family outings and nature lovers also.
South of City Creek, the Gibson Jack trails connect to City Creek, then the Mink Creek trails, ending up in the Scout Mountain trails. In total there are well over 60 trails in the region and that’s not counting the uncharted side trails. More than 1,000 miles of recreation trails are within the public lands of Southeast Idaho. Skill level ranges from novice to expert, moderate to strenuous.
Other Trail Systems in Pocatello
Inside the Greater Pocatello Area is the Portneuf Greenway Foundation network of bicycle and pedestrian trails. These are 10 ft wide ADA approved paved trails in several corridors. Their goal is to connect the entire trail system as funds are available.
The recent completion of the Portneuf Wellness Complex in the northeast area of town added a mountain bike park and 2 miles of 10′ wide paved walking paths looping the entire complex. The complex is now owned and operated by Bannock County.
Click on the maps above for a larger view. These maps show an overview of the West Bench trails and close-up maps of each system. Follow the links for the zoomed-in maps and comprehensive information at TrailForks.com.