Falls Ave, 1.25 miles North of 3300 East, Twin Falls, ID, 83301
Dierkes Lake is located on 191 acres next to the famous, Shoshone Falls. This is a short hike and provides a traveler and their canine a nice stretch and more views of the canyon. If you are local, it is fun to do this hike followed by a picnic in the grass next to the Shoshone Falls viewing platform.
Dierkes Lake is close to the city, but gives you beautiful views and a nice outdoor experience. This 1.7 mile hike is a moderate hike (due to some stairs and rocks you need to climb/descend) but is short and not too difficult if you are comfortable with stairs. You hit multiple viewpoints on this hike, so there are places to rest if you are taking it slow. I personally use this hike to train Butter on different hiking techniques (wait while I descend rocks, sit when people pass, lay down when asked).
If you enjoy rock climbing there are many different paths off the main trail to rocks, but if you are there for the exercise and views you will follow the “Lake Trail”. Dogs are allowed on the trails, but not in the water or on the grass of Dierkes Lake. If you would like to relax in the grass you can go to the Shoshone Falls side of this park (less than a minute drive) enjoying the grass and picnic tables with your dog in tow.
Dierkes Lake has bathrooms, covered picnic areas, play ground equipment, a non-motorized boat launch, sand volleyball pit, fishing areas and a swimming area with lifeguards on duty in the summer. Due to dog’s being limited to the hiking trail and shoshone falls area, this is also a fun place to visit without your puppy partner if possible. You could go fishing in some areas with a dog, if desired. Please do not leave your dog in the car while you are at Dierkes Lake, Idaho summers are TOO HOT!
The park costs $3.00 for a day pass or $25.00 for a season pass, so don’t forget to bring cash. You can park at the top before going through the gate and walk, however, this adds more mileage and some good hills. The lake will get busy on the weekends with picnicking families and swimmers, so go early to beat the crowd. I have noticed that the parking lots, although large, do fill up in the afternoon.
Since dogs can not go in the water and there is no shade on the trail you will want to visit during the cooler part of the day. Bring plenty of water and good walking shoes. Don’t forget your poop bags and leave the area cleaner than you found it. Picnic and fishing gear are optional.
Butter gives Dierkes Lake 4 paws up!
Butter only has 4 paws…so 4 paws up is the best!