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Made it to the top, but it was tough. I would rate this one hard. Seen lots of Deer and a Coyote. Garmin says 3000 ft elevation and it was about 11 miles round trip.

great!!!! fun out and back when you need a nice, sheltered hike

Awesome trail. Great for dogs as there is water easily accessible throughout most of the trail. Even as an out and back (VS the loop) there is plenty to see, including: Beaver dams, Elk nesting areas, plenty of birds and reptiles as well. After the initial 1/2 mile of somewhat technical terrain it turns to a pretty mellow out and back if you stay on Dry Creek at the fork. Foliage is changing and the time to go is ripe!

Absolutely fabulous hike. There is a lovely creek alongside the trail and provides a wonderful atmosphere. One of the prettiest hikes I’ve been on.

It is an up hill climb on the way to the mine, something like Table Rock. No shade. Small Creek for Dogs about 1/2 mile up. Skunks are around the Mine and in the building. We did see one Snake on the way back. Beautiful view and about a 5 mile hike round trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate hike, not easy. No shade. Uphill the whole way in, approximately 2000 ft elevation increase going in. Suggest wearing pants and hiking boots due to snakes, mormon crickets, and brush. The WMA has a roadkill pit about a 1/4 of the way in which smells pretty bad. The mine building is really cool if you like historical buildings. Heading back the peaks past Hwy 21 are gorgeous when they peak over the fog.

Great hike. Did 10 miles and enjoyed entire walk. Not very busy more bikes then hikers.

This was the longest hike we have gone on to date. Most of the people that do the Shingle Creek loop start from higher up. This added an additional 4 miles to the trip and was well worth it for the workout. Be warned you are in for a very extreme and long hike. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks, you'll need it.

The views were beyond beautiful. It starts out by Lower Bogus Basin Rd. in the desert looking area and makes the way up into the mountains where you will find many different changes in scenery. Much to enjoy like Creeks to walk over and flowers and trees for day!

Great trail! You can extend it to 19 miles if you start down Bogus Basin Rd by the Corral Trail entrance, go up the left towards Hard Guy and keep on trekking. This trail offered so many changes in scenery, fun areas to cross over creeks/rivers, and a lot of shade once we made it into the trees. It is a more difficult trail if you do the entire loop at one time but there are spots around the loop to offer some shade and resting places. For any people wanting a great change in scenery, a hard work out, and fresh air I highly recommend this loop.

Nice secluded hike for an early fall day! Be aware that the first mile of the trail has some very steep portions and I found my trekking poles indispensable both out and back.

It’s great that it’s close to Boise. It is a dirt road. Not many cars on it but a road just the same. No shade no water. We had a good time. The weather was nice. We didn’t get to the top but we got a mile from the lookout. It would be more fun to bike than hike I think.

2 months ago

It would definitely consider this a moderate trail due to the elevation gain. The mine building is incredible.

hiking
2 months ago

Just attempted to hike this trail with my girlfriend. It was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and the hills were great to look at with a nice calm breeze rustling all the tall grass creating flowing waves across the hillside.

HOWEVER, we ran across a rattlesnake in the middle of the trail about 1&3/4 miles in. It was a close encounter as it caught my attention last second by hissing at me and rattling its tail violently. The snake was probably only 3-4 feet away and had already coiled up and was ready to strike with it's mouth wide open. I shrieked like a little girl and ran in the opposite direction as fast as I could. My girlfriend handled the situation much better than I did sadly..
This was not the only snake we saw on the trail, as we were heading down we saw two black snakes slithering off the trail on separate occasions.

Not a difficult hike at all and the trail is smooth, sandy at times, and clear of rocks. There were a lot of mormon crickets like others have mentioned. Would recommend wearing pants because of brush and possible snake bites.

Great trail! Well kept and clean. Not many mountain bikers when I went in the later evening. We only did a portion of the trail since it was getting dark out. Would love to do the whole thing sometime.

Great trails with a few wooden bridges and step over barriers to keep the motorized vehicles off the trail. Beautiful scenery and a lot of the trail is under trees. Sharing the trail with bicycles and hikers but most were courteous.

We're beginners and only did 2 hours but it was enjoyable with nice views. Quiet and peaceful, only a couple cars drove by us. Saw 3 deer trek up the hill next to us which was cool. Simple trail was easy to follow and walk up for us and my dog. Couple of steep parts but nothing crazy. Hope to make it to the top someday!

Start early and do the loop so you get to see the bird observatory and the views from the back of the mountains are amazing.. you may have to closely follow the map as there are some three ways trail intersections along the way

This hike seriously sucks. Trail is not obvious most of the time. Do not wear shorts, the branches will scratch up your legs. Hike will take way long than you think.

I took this hike with the 2yo on my back, 4 kids and two dogs in tow. I would rate the trail as moderate with children and summer heat. It got a little too warm and the kids started to burn out so we turned back before hitting the mine. There were lots of Mormon crickets along the way. Trail is a bit overgrown in the middle at some parts and has medium sized hills.
We will be heading back earlier in the day next time. Despite not reaching the end we still had a great time.

trail running
3 months ago

I love this trail in the spring and fall! The views from the junction out across the valley are beautiful. The Shingle Creek drainage is quite a bit steeper than Dry Creek, and mountain bikes have worn the trail into a V, so it's a fairly technical downhill run.

My roommate and I just did this today. went up Dry Gulch and down Shingle. Awesome terrain and scenery change on the way up. Goes from plains desert to lush greenery to high altitude pine forest. Go early morning this time of year! Mormon Crickets we're in full force on the way back around 11:00am. The whole hike took a little over 4 hours.

hiking
4 months ago

We started at 5am. I wouldn’t start any later in the summer because it’s exposed. It was a nice wide trail. Well marked. Wish the loop continued in the foothills and didn’t hit the street at the end but regardless it was a well marked, well maintained, and well traveled trail. Boise State has a bird research area at the top and we enjoyed learning about their program and releasing birds after they were banded. It was a great hike. Bring lots of water. Start early.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was pretty at the start but the trailhead was not well marked and the beginning was straight up in sand and rocks no switchbacks. After the first 2 miles the trail became overgrown and hard to follow. So many false peaks and I was a bit worried there toward the end I would run out of water (had four liters). The last 3/4 mile I couldn’t even find where the trail was...I was tired of bushwhacking struggling to find the trail and turned around. With this being one of the Grand Slam Peaks it should be marked better and maintained a little more. While the views of sunrise were gorgeous over the lake at the beginning I don’t think I would want to do this one again.

Very pleasant hike. Several spots had amazing views. Good variety in the available views.

beautiful trail

hiking
5 months ago

A couple of friends and I hiked this trail in late June and it was a nice workout. Some portions were steep enough to really make you work and others, not. You’ll have a wide range of views from a river in the distance, to mountains, to evergreen trees at the peak. We had a close encounter with an elk in a beautiful meadow area; in the distance you could see another female elk with 2 calves. There’s a trailhead with parking available. It’s not a hard trail and just what the doctor ordered to “get away from it all”.

This trail is great! definitely going to do this at least once a week

Morningstar from the upper lodge to the lower lodge is now marked "Bike riders only".

hiking
5 months ago

This was an easy hike with a mostly gradual climb. The mine building is really neat to see, very intact. There was a huge bird nest inside! The Mormon crickets were everywhere, which took away a lot of the enjoyment of this hike. You could hear them in the brush and the trail was covered with them.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Awesome ride,

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