Snake River Canyon Rim Trail

Idaho

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Snake River Canyon Rim Trail Facts

States: Idaho
Counties: Twin Falls
Length: 8.2 miles
Trail end points: Washington St. N. and Federation Rd. and Dierkes Lake Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9360092

Snake River Canyon Rim Trail Description

The Snake River Canyon Rim Trail offers jaw-dropping views and numerous park amenities in the south-central Idaho community of Twin Falls. Although the pathway is not completely seamless yet, each segment offers unique features along the south rim of the canyon.

A welcoming place to begin your journey is at the Twin Falls Visitor Center on trail's western leg. Traveling east from here, you will have a view of the beautiful Perrine Memorial Bridge and head right under the iconic structure. The bridge towers a whopping 500 feet above the Snake River. From the bridge, the trail runs about a mile farther on to Pole Line Road, where this segment ends. (If you travel west from the visitor center instead, you will come around the back side of a shopping area and into a residential neighborhood.)

After a gap, you can pick up the eastern leg of the trail in Shoshone Falls Park. The park's namesake 212-foot waterfall  referred to as the  "Niagara of the West" is a must-see.

After another gap, you can pick up the trail farther east in Dierkes Lake Park, where there is a loop around the lake. The park offers a plethora of recreational options, including swimming, fishing, picnicking, volleyball, and rock climbing.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the western trailhead at the intersection of Washington St. N. and Federation Rd., as well as at the Twin Falls Visitor Center (.).

On its eastern end, parking and restrooms are available in Shoshone Falls Park and Dierkes Lake Park, though there is a nominal fee per vehicle in both parks.

Snake River Canyon Rim Trail Reviews

The description here is outdated

As of today, September 4, 2021, the description of the Snake River Trail is out of date. There is now a continuous trail from Shoshone Falls on the East to Washington Street on the West. I’m not sure of the exact distance, but it’s at least 5 miles 1 way, maybe a little longer. I ride it several times a week, weather permitting. The ride up out of Shoshone Falls is quite steep with hairpin turns. I have an electric bike so I can do it easily, but would have a hard time otherwise. I’m a 72 year old female. Younger athletic folks with good bikes can come up with a bit of extensive effort.

Such Fun

We started at the Shoshone Falls and pulled the hill up to the rim. We have ebikes so it was no big deal. The views are spectacular. We then went on through farm land, Evil Knieval’s failed attempt to jump the canyon location, residential areas and to the welcome center at the fabulous bridge in Twin Falls. We were able to watch a base jumper (unexpected treat). We then went about a mile beyond the welcome center and turned back. It was hot. Once you are up on the rim it’s level. The whole trail is paved. Worth it!

very nice ride to Shoshone Falls! trail map needs an update.

More trail is completed than what appears in the app. We went from the trails endpoint all the way to Shoshone Falls, going off track on roads once because of map inaccuracy. Return trip never used roads. Splendid views of Snake River and the falls and other rapids. Not a super long ride, but the area near the falls presents challenging hills.

Evil jumped here...

It was a nice trail it has several beautiful views. Some steep hills , the trail is complete no gap any longer.

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Goods Views

Twin Falls gas taken steps to acquire easements for the canyon rim trails which is cool. There is disconnect that goes through neighborhood s and its not marked near the shopping district. Then the trail ends at Eastland Road where there are no bike lanes to Falls Ave to Champion Rd which will then connect you to the East segment.

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