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Targhee Creek Trail, ID

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 6.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,937 feet
Elevation Gain 2,086 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,131 feet
Avg Time One Way 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.3
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible & Connecting
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Preferred   Aug, Jun, Sep, Jul → Early
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  7:53am - 4:45pm
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Includes a teepee and water hole!
by Steph_and_Blake

On our way over to West Yellowstone we decided to take a short hike on a highly recommended trail in the Targhee National Forest. The trail was easy to follow and the wildflowers were splendid and abundant. While we could hear Targhee Creek below us the whole time, we only got glimpses of it now and again.

Shortly after the cut-off for Dry Fork (which you could use to make a loop with Targhee Creek trail), my husband noticed a path going off to the left. Why not? Maybe it leads to the creek? Lo and behold, it did! Much to our surprise, next to the creek was the frame of a teepee. And in the bend of the creek looked like a very fine water hole for cooling off. If you're a backpacker, this would definitely be a place to spend the night. We turned around after an hour and enjoyed chatting with the other hikers (and horse-riders) coming up the trail.

The national forest website says "Special attractions along the trail include five alpine lakes amid the mountains, abundant wildlife, wildflowers, and great scenic views of the mountains and valley floor. The Targhee Creek Trail is located in Grizzly Bear habitat and if camping overnight along the trail, use the bear proof storage containers provided or hang your food appropriately.".


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    Located 16 miles north of the Island Park Ranger Station and 10 miles west of West Yellowstone, MT. Travel north 15 miles on Highway 20 then turn west on Forest Road #057. This road leads directly to the Targhee Creek Trailhead.
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