Targhee Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,147' 654 m
Descent: -75' -23 m
High: 9,022' 2,750 m
Low: 6,951' 2,119 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“This is a sparsely frequented trail on the northeast end of Island Park that will take your breath away, repeatedly!”— Jeff Fullmer
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Most of this trail is runable and you have multiple clean water sources (filtering is still recommended). If you are trying to run this as fast as possible prepare yourself for some amazing views and magical sights that may slow you down.
The total distance of this trail, one-way, is just over 6 miles. The first 3.14 miles are flat with minimal elevation gain and then the bridge-less creek crossing marks the start of the climbing. Having warmed up, it's time to cool down as you forge the creek that is a river in June and turns to a trickle by the end of the summer. Over the next 3 miles, you'll see incredible sights as you climb higher and higher. Early in the summer, you'll cross Targhee Creek multiple times and your shoes will get wet. You run parallel to the creek until the 5.87-mile mark where you cut back to the west and make your final climb until you intersect with the Continental Divide Trail that is marked with a sign. This is the turnaround point or if you have not had enough, a crossroads onto endless trails.
If you want to see Clark Lake it is only another quarter mile to the northeast on the Continental Divide Trail. You'll see a smaller unnamed lake prior to it on your right. Clark is on the left and the epitome of what a high mountain Idaho lake is like. Do yourself a favor and visit Clark Lake.
Lots of deer and elk signs. Bear activity can be noticed as well.
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Local Club: Idaho Falls Trail Runners (IFTR)
Land Manager: USFS - Caribou & Targhee National Forests Office
Sep 9, 2019: Boone fire receives over an inch of precipitation
Aug 31, 2019: Southeast Idaho wildland fire update