5 Best Hiking Trails in Boise
So Ive gathered up the best hikes close to Boise!
Want to try one of Boise’s most popular hikes? Try the Table Rock hike up to the giant cross on the mountain with incredible views of the Treasure Valley. It’s only about 45mins – 1 hour hike up depending on your speed, but you will go at a steady incline most of the time. Many visitors opt for this hike because it can be done quickly and easily. You can also drive up here if you’re not wanting to hike, but still want to see a gorgeous sunset! It’s a favorite hikes near Boise mainly because of the views. Click here for more information!
This is a dog-lover’s paradise – right at the edge of the North End neighborhood. It’s a narrow valley with a wide trail down the center and single-track trails along the ridges. Dogs are allowed off-leash and sometimes it feels like a giant, wild dog park. If you don’t want a ton of dogs in your face, though, I highly recommend walking up along the ridge lines. This trail can get a bit hot in the heat of the summer, so a good time to do this is after work right before sunset. The views of downtown Boise are amazing and sometimes you'll hear (or see) a coyote! Click here for more information!
Lower Hulls Gulch Trailhead
For a classic Boise foothills experience, you can head up to the Foothills Learning Center on 8th Street. There are lots of interesting trails and many of them will provide great views of Boise. You can’t really go wrong here, but the Crestline Trail is particularly known for its dramatic scenery. While this trail is great during spring and fall (it gets a bit hot in summer), watch out for aggressive mountain bikers who will occasionally fly by at the speed of light. The Foothills Learning Center grounds have some interesting nature exhibits and are fun to wander. If you walk all the way to the back, it connects to some of the famous Camel’s Back Park trails. Look for owls and coyotes, both frequent visitors around here! Click here for more information!
Around the Mountain
This trail is all the way up Bogus Basin ski resort which you can get to by following Bogus Basin Road. Follow the trail signs from the lower lodge to get to the loop that literally goes around the mountain. It’s stunning in the late spring and summer when wildflowers are in bloom. It’s also beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing. This is another ten-mile loop, so be prepared for a full day if you want to do it all. Click here for more information!
Stack Rock Trail
The Stack Rock trail is an awesome intermediate-level day hike with lots of shade. Beginning from the trailhead about 12 miles up Bogus Basin Road (look for “Trail Crossing” signs after a big S curve in the road), the Stack Rock trail traverses along the tree line with stunning views of the valley to your south. After about 2.5 miles, the trail reaches a 3-way intersection with the Sweet Connie and Eastside trails. The Freddy’s Stack Rock loop then leads to Stack Rock, an imposing granite tower with amazing 360 degree views of the Treasure Valley, Horseshoe Bend, and beyond. At about 9 miles out and back, this is not a beginner hike, but it’s worth it. Click here for more information!
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