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Edson Fichter Pond Loop, ID

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 0.64 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,464 feet
Elevation Gain 2 feet
Accumulated Gain 10 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.69
Interest Perennial Creek
Backpack No
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Edson Fichter Ramble
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 172
Routes 229
Photos 6,082
Trips 1,116 map ( 2,495 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Pocatello, ID
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Preferred   May, Oct, Apr, Sep → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:19am - 6:24pm
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What the Fichter?
by PaleoRob

Likely In-Season!
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While this trail is relatively easy and mild, it is also next to a very active rail line and is used often by people with dogs. Use appropriate care and precautions for both.

This slightly-less-than-3.4-mile hike is a popular nature/dog walk in the southern end of the Pocatello Valley. It crosses the Portneuf River and loops around the Edson Fichter Pond, providing excellent wildlife watching for those who have patience.

Edson Fichter was a naturalist and illustrator in the Pocatello Area who loved the natural world within the valley. The Portneuf River, which runs through the valley, has been a critical wildlife and human migration corridor for millennia. Recent restoration work on the wetlands around the Portneuf has allowed the creation of this compact and accessible greenspace.

The hike itself is relatively straightforward. The trail goes up and over the levee from the parking area to keep Portneuf River floodwaters from inundating the nearby school and neighborhood. From the top of the levee, you can get a good look at the developed open space to the north of the Portneuf, but the pond will generally be obscured by the trees lining the river. Descending, the trail branches to a launch area for floats and then again at a bridge. Follow the bridge across the Portneuf, and the pond will come into view. From here, you can turn left and circle the pond clockwise or continue along to the next junction at the southwestern corner of the pond and turn there, circling the pond counter-clockwise. Either way, the navigation is easy, with the option to extend the hike further to other areas in the green space (to be described elsewhere). Once you've completed your hike(s), return to the trailhead.

Water Sources
The water at Edson Fichter is not potable; bring all you need.

Not allowed.

If you bring your dog, please clean up after it! The fish, wildlife, and other visitors, thank you!

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2021-08-05 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From downtown Pocatello, head south on Pocatello Ave (N 4th Ave) W Center St. Turn right on Center, then turn left on S. Arthur St. in Old Town Pocatello. This will turn into Main St./Bannock Highway. Continue following Bannock Highway south, passing the golf course. At the Indian Hills Elementary School, turn left on Cheyenne Ave., then turn right into the parking lot on the north side of the fields.
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