Cress Creek Nature Trail Idaho

Submitted By: Mapper on 5 Jun 2006

Latitude: 43.659278
Longitude: -111.717938
To reach the trail turn left after crossing the bridge over the South Fork of the Snake River as you head towards Heise. This is just north of the Mountain River Ranch. The gravel road will head north west along the river. The parking lot, rest rooms, and trail head will be obvious on the east side of the road.

From Rexburg take the Archer Rd South. Take old Highway 26 towards Heise.

From Idaho Falls Take U.S. Highway 26 North towards Swan Valley. Follow directional signs towards Kelly Canyon Ski Resort.


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This is a gentile hike that provides a good look of the South Fork of the Snake River during the summer and awesome color in the fall.

The first part of the trail is up a very gentle grade. The trail to the lower overlook is very gentle. The upper loop of the trail is less developed.

The trail was repaired and upgraded in 2003, to make the lower area handicap accessible. There are also restrooms at the beginning of the trail.

Cress Creek Nature Trail is maintained by the BLM. Visit their website for more information.

Hiking & Backpacking Reviews for Cress Creek Nature Trail Idaho
Not a very long trail (1.5 miles) and really easy. Great for kids. We saws lots of mule deer and even a mountain bluebird.

This is a good trail to take scouts on to do the Environmental Science merit badge. Lots of wildlife and plants to observe.
-Tree Mover

This is a decent mild hike to take if you have a partial day you want to spend hiking. The trail is well maintained, many lower parts being paved. My kids did fine on it and it is best if you let them play in the creek. I'd recommend doing it early or late in the day during the summer months as it is south facing for the most part, and there is scattered shade. There is a good restroom and water access at the parking area before you start the hike.

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Snake River at Cress Creek

Kids Hiking at Cress Creek

Lizard at Cress Creek

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View of Snake River Valley

Snake River at Cress Creek
Lookout point on the Cress Creek Trail overlooking the Snake River, looking west.