Idaho Hiking, Nature May 13, 2018
There’s A Beautiful Volcano Hike In Idaho Most People Don’t Know About
Located in Rexburg is what looks to be a simple and short mountain hike. However, this is no mountain. North Menan Butte is actually an extinct volcano and it makes for one of the most popular hikes in this small town. The moderate hike is fairly short and perfect for hikers of all skill levels and ages. The view from the top is out-of-this-world amazing, but the butte itself is an incredible setting for this volcano hike. How many people can say they’ve hiked on a volcano before? This is definitely one you’ll want to cross off your list.
Menan Butte is often referred to as "R" Mountain, for the giant letter painted on the side which represents Rexburg. The hike up the butte is a local favorite for providing splendid views of the Snake River Valley. Oh, and for the fact that this butte is actually an extinct volcano.
In fact, North Menan Butte is considered one of the largest volcano tuff cones in the world. Volcano cones are formed by fragments that have been ejected from a volcanic vent. If you've ever wanted to walk on a volcano, now's your chance.
The trail is approximately three miles round trip. The hike does get quite steep, but it's definitely achievable for even inexperienced hikers. Be sure to bring plenty of water since there is almost no shade along the trail.
The butte itself is a fascinating landscape for a hike. It's truly unlike any other hiking destination you've seen before.
The trail is very well-known among locals, but you'll be struck by how desolate this place feels. You might come across a few other hikers or joggers making their way up and down the mountain, but overall this place feels very secluded and quiet.
This a popular hike during springtime when it's not too hot to enjoy the lovely scenery. The sight and smell of sagebrush and juniper trees all around you is something that must be experienced.
The view at the top of the butte is simply jaw-dropping. The Snake River Valley seems to go on forever, and the Snake River itself is also visible from the overlook.
The views are stunning, but it's the history behind this hike that makes it such a memorable experience. Afterwards, you can officially say you've hiked on top of an ancient volcano.
To get to the trailhead from Rexburg, take Highway 33 westward for seven miles. Then you will turn left on Twin Butte Road. Take the first right and continue down the road for two miles. The trailhead will be on your left.
Have you hiked Menan Butte before? This volcano may be extinct, but did you know there’s an
active volcano here in Idaho that’s due to erupt?