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North Menan Butte Trail

Intermediate
 3.7 (12)

A neat little run around the rim of an extinct volcano.


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2.8

Miles

4.6

KM

83%

Runnable

5,602' 1,708 m

High

4,866' 1,483 m

Low

899' 274 m

Up

291' 89 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

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Runner Notes

Lots of people run this this trail. Be prepared for the first mile of steep incline before it levels out at the rim.

Description

This run starts at a nice paved trailhead with a bathroom. The first 3/4 of a mile is a steep climb with switchbacks (800'-900' elevation gain). The trail is well used and easy to follow. When you reach the rim of the caldera, you can either go left or right to circumnavigate the rim. The rim is a little less then two miles around.

A radio tower is in operation at the highpoint of the butte. The terrain is generally easy to navigate with several steep inclines and rocky spots. Some people prefer to have trekking poles or a walking stick for the run. Great views of the surrounding area can be had from the edge of the rim, and the butte itself is interesting to observe and explore.

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Shared By:

Christopher Rix

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 12 votes

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#274

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#9,072

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Photos

Looking east
Apr 18, 2015 near Rigby, ID
North Menan Butte, just before totality Aug 21, 2017.
Aug 23, 2017 near Rigby, ID
This is another one of the climbs on the east rim as you are heading north.
Apr 2, 2017 near Rigby, ID
Near the top, you can still see the western parking lot behind you. This is probably the first of many times you'll ask "who thought this was a good place for a race?!"
Apr 2, 2017 near Rigby, ID
A group of runners climb up to "slickrock" on the southern rim.
Apr 2, 2017 near Rigby, ID
The finish line brings smiles to many!
Apr 2, 2017 near Rigby, ID

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