North Fork Indian Creek
ElevationAscent: 3,897' 1,188 m
Descent: -736' -224 m
High: 9,458' 2,883 m
Low: 5,883' 1,793 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“A pristine trail in the Palisades backcountry.”— Jeff Fullmer
The first 4+ miles to the Garden Canyon Trail turn is very doable. Rocky terrain and sometimes overgrown brush make for some challenges. When you start to climb, after crossing the creek for the final time on this section, the vertical steepness becomes the challenge. Around the time you hit the switchbacks (yes, they do end at some point), you'll notice waterfalls if you go early enough in the summer.
On the northern end of this trail, there are several trails that meander off the trail in both directions. Follow the map closely. In Lake Basin just past where "the chair" is, the trail transitions to the South Fork Indian Creek trail. If you have come this far, you might as well continue and make a loop out of it! Time this run right and you'll either have lush flowers down lower or rolling fields of lupines in the meadows and along the hillsides up high.
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Local Club: Idaho Falls Trail Runners (IFTR)
Land Manager: USFS - Caribou & Targhee National Forests Office