Bannock County, Idaho- located in Southeast, Idaho Bannock County Hiking & Biking Trails

          Bannock County has rugged mountain terrain, rolling hills, lava plateaus, dry canyons, as well as creek, river and marsh-land areas. Visitors can discover hidden wonderlands and breathtaking sceneery while climbing, hiking, and biking the Bannock County trails.

          Bird watchers can spot: Western Scrub-Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Bushtit, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Mountain Bluebird and Green-tailed and Spotted Towhees, Calliope Hummingbirds, Gray Catbirds, Yellow-breasted Chats, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Lazuli Buntings, Bullock's Orioles, Virginia's, Yellow, MacGillivray's, Black-throated Gray Warblers, Flammulated Owls, Northern Pygmy-Owls, Ruffed & Blue Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Mountain Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Red Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak and Red-breasted Nuthatch to name only a few.

N.W. Bannock Trail Map / N.E. Bannock Trail Map
S. Bannock Trail Map
Here are a few trail descriptions with directions.
Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

Area picture of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails in Bannock County, Idaho

  • Cherry Creek - New Canyon Loop
    Downey
    4 miles round trip
    From Downey, go SW on old hwy 191, 2.2 miles. At the bottowm of the hill, take a left turn to the south onto county road. Follow this road 8 miles. The trailhead is a continuation of the incoming road. There is parking for two or three vehicles before crossing the creek. Across the creek about 100 yards is a forest Service Campground with 3 or 4 spaces. Additional parking may be found on that side of creek.
  • Corral Creek
    Pocatello
    4.5 miles round trip
    Follow Bannock Highway south from Pocatello and up Mink Creek canyon. From the entry into the Caribou Natl Forest continue 4 miles. Fifty yards pass the junction with South Fork of Mink Creek(stay right) is the large parking area and trailhead.
  • Left Fork of Cherry Creek
    Downey
    6.2 miles round trip
    From Downey, go SW on old hwy 191, 2.2 miles. At the bottowm of the hill, take a left turn to the south onto county road. Follow this road 8 miles. The trailhead is a continuation of the incoming road. There is parking for two or three vehicles before crossing the creek. Across the creek about 100 yards is a forest Service Campground with 3 or 4 spaces. Additional parking may be found on that side of creek.
  • Mine Fork of Cherry Creek
    Downey
    2.7 miles round trip
    From Downey, go SW on old hwy 191, 2.2 miles. At the bottowm of the hill, take a left turn to the south onto county road. Follow this road 8 miles. The trailhead is a continuation of the incoming road. There is parking for two or three vehicles before crossing the creek. Across the creek about 100 yards is a forest Service Campground with 3 or 4 spaces. Additional parking may be found on that side of creek.
  • South Fork of Gibson Jack Loop
    Pocatello
    8.5 miles round trip
    From the SW of Pocatello, go south on Bannock Highway to the signed Gibson Jack road, directly opposite Juniper Hills Country Club. Gibson Jack road is on the right and is a good road the entire 3.2 miles to the trailhead.
  • Chinks Peak
    Pocatello
    4 miles round trip
    Drive from the Boy Scout building on Pocatello Creek Rd for about 1.5 miles and turn right onto Park Road. Go right at the stop sign. Turn left onto American Road. Turn left onto the paved road, and continue until the pavement ends. The climb up Chinks Peak is to the right. Reaching the top is about 2 miles. Stay on the jeep road.
  • City Creek
    Pocatello
    Between 7 - 10 miles round trip
    Go east on Benton Street to Grant Street, turn left here and go about one block. Park in the LDS church parking lot. The trail starts just south of the fence and heads east up through the draw. Go right over the little bridge. Turn left onto the gravel road. The trail is a singletrack through the trees for about a mile. At the three way fork go straight ahead to the singletrack that winds through the aspen grove. The trail comes out into a camping area.
  • Hoot Owl Loop
    Pocatello
    About 8 miles round trip
    Go east on Pocatello Creek Rd. to Park Road and turn right. At the stop sign turn left onto Buckskin Road drive until the pavement ends. Hike to the fork in the road and go left. Climb the hill until you reach pavement again. Turn right on the pavement and go another 2 miles to Hoot Owl Rd. Turn right and head back to the fork.
  • Valve House
    Pocatello
    12 - 14 miles round trip
    Go south on Interstate 15 to the Portneuf exit. Follow the signs to the Mink Creek Recreational Area. Drive about 7-8 miles to the Scout Mountain Campground turn-off. About a mile farther turn left at the large pump house. Go through the forest service gate and over a small bridge. It is two miles to the next forest service gate. Take the trail to the right at the second gate. It is 3 1/2 miles to the top and the third forest service gate. Over the top take the single track to the right. Stay on the single track to South Fork Road. Turn right and continue to the paved road. Turn right onto the paved road and follow the road to your starting point.
  • West Fork
    Pocatello
    About 7 miles round trip
    Go south on Interstate 15 to the Portneuf exit. Follow the signs to the Mink Creek Recreational Area. Drive to the Entering Caribou National Forest sign and drive another 3.4 miles. park in the West Fork Trailhead parking lot. At the concrete barriers go north through the canyon. At about 3.5 miles the West Fork trail ends at a gate.
  • Cherry Springs Nature Trail Pocatello
    This Forest Service developed site near Pocatello includes three self-guided nature trails with over 50 interpretive signs, 2 learning centers and an amphitheater.