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hiking
6 days ago

Nice trail with beautiful views, but way too many bikers on it for comfort. It seemed like every five minutes we had to move to the side to let someone pass.

road biking
17 days ago

Short trail that connects the Bella Vista Lake Trail with the North Bentonville Trail. Well maintained and paved trail. I question the map on here as Wishing Springs starts by Bella Vista Lake Trail and there is a sign but this map seems to start by the orange sculpture and head towards Crystal Bridges, which is the North Bentonville Trail. Either way, part of the Razorback Greenway Trail so hooks up with the rest of the trails.

Very nice work out. No shade and lots and lots of bugs. Stink bugs and those big crickets. It was eerie in some areas where the trail narrowed and you had to duck to avoid the over grown branches that blocked your path. You were surrounded by the sounds of all these bugs all around you. And you had to dodge the bugs that jumped out at you. This is why the low score. Not a fan of bugs but this was a bit much. Less dogie droppings. then some ;)

My dog absolutely loved walking the trail and so did I!!

hiking
1 month ago

Quick hike, not a lot of traffic, great views of the Boise forest and distant mountains!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike, really enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

The views are amazing. The hike is rated correctly and very low foot traffic. There are a lot of mountain bikers on the trail. Watch your footing, there are a lot of roots.

on Shafer Butte Loop

hiking
1 month ago

didn't do the entire trail, but well worth the trip.

Good cardio, but lots of cicadas jumping around (and at you!). Might just be the time of year. Will probably go back in the Fall!

2 months ago

this is a nice evening hiking trail. We live close by and enjoy this hike, with our golden retriever, at least once a week.

Me and my lil boys love this ride!

One of the most beautiful and easy to get into trails that's also so close to Boise!

Such a great hike!! Not hard, but not too easy! My dogs did great! (Only went to the first lookout) but I assume the additional trails are the same!!

Was a great hike with our 4 kids. Saw a coyote at the top that walked right in front of us trying to get away. We beat the rain storm so we timed it perfectly. Very family friendly trail! Be sure to eat some homemade ice cream at Goody’s on 13th when your done. Was very good!

Clearly marked trail, low vegetation, full sun (depending on time of day-we went in evening). There is a small stream towards the north west end of the trail. The trail could be a gateway to many other trails.

On the Wednesday night we hiked, we saw 30+ bikers. There were also other hikers and trail runners. Trail is well loved and popular-bonus people are super friendly and respectful!

This is an off leash dog-friendly area, but be prepared to have your dog under control at all times-due to the varied trail usage.

It was a narrow trail lightly traveled by bikes and hikers today and we met a few nice doggies along the way. We took pictures of the wild flowers , beetles and two lizards. It was a nice leisurely hike for beginners. There is a park across Hill rd with restroom access.

Beautiful in early spring

Great uphill climb. No shade or trees so best to hike morning or on days where it isn’t as hot. There were some beautiful yellow flowers blooming. At the end of the homestead trail, you have the ability to continue uphill or downhill on the lucky peak trail.

Great hike! Lots of other folks with their dogs, mountain bikers, runners, walkers — you name it. I will definitely be doing this again!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Great path that is paved and follows the river.

hiking
4 months ago

Decent hike. Trail is really overgrown. Very narrow trail, looks like it’s made more for bikes. Speaking of which, tons of bikers when I went. Only saw one other hiker. There are definitely better trails around, but this one isn’t terrible.

**The trail I suggested to AllTrails with the following description is NOT the Freestone Trail but AllTrails placed my suggestion here.** (AllTrails - You are going to get people lost!) Here is my description of Cottonwood Creek to Ridgecrest to Central Ridge to Shane's Loop, about 8 miles total and winding further away from trailheads than the real Freestone Trail: Lovely hike in the cooler seasons. I was very lucky to have an early February day in the mid 50s and a dry trail. See Cottonwood Creek review for info on riparian habitat, flora, and fauna. Follow the Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ridge Crest Trail, winding up and northwestish. Ridge Crest T's up with Central Ridge Trail. I veered west on Central Ridge to meet up with Shane's Loop. This trail can be easily accessed from downtown Boise and within 30 minutes hike I felt like I had left the city for backcountry, high desert wilderness. The Foothills seemed to roll on forever in front of me. I shared the trails with dogs and mountain bikers, and a few other hikers. Good idea to check the Ridge to Rivers, Boise local website for trail conditions. There is NO shade in the hills so bring a lot of water in the summer months. Trails can be muddy or snow blanketed in winter.

This is a nice little hike to take with your kids and dogs but watch out for the occasional bicyclist. Especially around blind spots, they pick up speed and can be a bit scary! Also, depending on the weather the path can become muddy but the views when you get there, are rewarding.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike.

Awesome quick hike for an afternoon. Lots of bikers along the way that were all super friendly. awesome veiw of the Treasure Valley.

mountain biking
9 months ago

We rode 15 miles on this paved bike trail that runs along the Boise River. It was flat, well marked and had great Mountain and River views. Great for families to get out and exercise. Not strenuous at all.

Nice trail, a bit of climb at first but mostly downhill on the way back. Well kept and fun to ride with nice views of Boise.

It would be great when the flowers are still in bloom. Nonetheless, great cardio workout

Nice path to stroll or ride a bike along the river!

Great little hike, especially if you live near by. I recommend evening. Summer sunsets with thunder clouds can give a beautiful disorder colors! Also the Arrowleaf Balsam Root flowers (like sunflowers) cover the hills in August/early September.

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