Explore the most popular trail running trails in Boise National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was the perfect hike this past Saturday. The sun was shining, the Sheep were grazing on the hill side. A few rocky areas but it was great! our dogs loved it too... tho I picked 1 tick off of my Dane later that evening.

Super beautiful right now, a good 4 mile stretch of straight incline to get you huffin and puffin. On the loop back down, the 8th st motorcycle trail is pretty rutted out and steep, so a little sketchy to hike down, AND this “route” is somehow not accurate. We “missed” a turn off femrite patrol to watchmans because it doesn’t actually exist. Ended up just taking watchmans the other direction when it actually converged with femrite, then going left on three bears trail back to Shaw mtn road and walking a short distance back up the road to the original trail head

This trail kicked my ass last summer. It didn't help that my buddy and I started hiking at 4:30pm, assuming the 95 degree temperature would drop. It didn't. It took us six hours to complete the loop, but I'm very slow up the steep sections. Still, a very scenic foothills trail and a great workout.

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.

It's so green right now! Nice hike. There are 2 small steam crossings at the beginning (water your dogs!), but nothing higher up.

Really enjoyable hike. We didn’t do the loop, we did up and back because of so many motorcycles on the top of the loop. Up and straight back down ended up being about 8 miles. Good for kids if they hike often.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike.

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

hiking
8 months ago

Great day trip from Boise, and very quiet - I only saw a few people. The hike is pretty relentlessly uphill on the way up to the lake, which was a nice payoff. Super easy coming back down. The lake is small but lovely. Didn't see any bears but I've talked to people who did on this trail, so I'd recommend bear spray & bring an extra bottle of water.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail with butterflies, wildflowers and birds!

Nice hike. Flowers were beautiful. Even though there was burned areas it was a great hike. Lots of fish jumping at the lake so bring your poles.

birding
9 months ago

Well, I'm not certain the route I took was actually Shafer Butte as there are many trails located at the top of bogus and nothing in the area behind the pioneer lodge building appeared to be labeled as it. If you follow apple gps you'll end up here or off the side of the mountain if you take siri literally. The path I followed was labeled Tempest and was very fulfilling and incredibly beautiful. The inclines were enough to get you out of breath just in time to lose it again looking at all the fog over the mountains and bridges of earth connecting other paths. The place was relatively empty the day I was here and when I arrived near the top of the lifts I entered what could only be described as a bird paradise. Tons of different species of smaller birds all interacting together. Many beautiful colors and the varieties just kept increasing the longer I was there. I must have spent an hour or more with swarms of color, mist covered mountain, an abandon lift and not a single other person. It was a magical experience you only seldom encounter on a hike.

Honestly, I liked a lot about this trail but it did have a rough half. The scenery in the first half is beautiful and the climb is pretty fun. Shortly after the top you'll end up on a dirt bike trail which is probably the worst decent I've been on. Tons of holes, flat rock covered in gravel, 30-40 degree slope and it goes on for miles. If I did it again I would treat it like and out and back and turn around before that section. The length is challenging but nothing on this trail really struck me as hard. There are tons of Mormon crickets during the summer which can be annoying. There are some great birds near the beginning and along the forest portions of the trail but don't expect much near the dirt bike section. Watch out for black widows!

Great hike! Parallels a small creek for a few miles and then goes up into the foothills quite a ways. Not much traffic out there, some incredibly scenic views of downtown Boise!

B-E-A- UTIFUL

hiking
10 months ago

Great day hike! Snow is gone from the top, too. Nice views.

I found this trail to be pretty easy. It is a good FS two-track that climbs consistently and steadily to the lookout. It gets a little steeper between miles 3-4. The views from the lookout are great. There are pockets of burned trees from the Pioneer fire, but very spotty. On July 2, there were many wildflowers blooming, and still some snow on the road near the top, but travel was not impeded.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Awesome and challenging trail. I have also ran this trail which is stellar for training for Robbie creek.

hiking
10 months ago

Great loop! A nice ascent, beautiful flowers and lots of butterflies right now! Get there early to beat the crowds. Will definitely do it again!!

mountain biking
11 months ago

This was one of the hardest bike trails I have ever done, not because it is incredibly technical, but because the ascent is so steep. I would not advise inexperienced cyclists to try this trail simply because they may not enjoy it much. Coming down was a good time. I ended up ditching my bike for the last portion of the trail due to not wanting to hit/have to avoid the snow patches in the dark. Great scenery and would encourage hiking and camping in the area.

This was a great day hike. The trail was not terribly steep for the most part. Good FS road. The last 1/4 mile or so was still under several feet of snow, but it was not difficult to traverse, just slowed me down! Lots of signs of deer, elk, grouse. I saw bluebirds, woodpeckers, tanagers, goldfinches, raptors, ground squirrels. There is a "bonus" trail at the summit (Hungarian Ridge Trail) if you are still wanting more!

Wow, that's a big hill climb! Made it to the summit 06/11/17. Last mile-ish was snow packed but walkable with poles. So grateful to have made a reservation at the hot springs post- hike. Beautiful snow-capped vistas.

hiking
11 months ago

Snowed on us in June

11 months ago

Considering this area burned last fall it was a lovely loop. One good view of the Sawtooths, lots of sprouting green out of the ash and a few surviving stands of Aspen and Ponderosa.
It will be amazing again one day.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

It looks like this area burned last year but you could already see new growth coming up. Lots of beautiful wildflowers. Unfortunately a few of the guideposts are burned down and we ended up adding 10 miles to our work. Fortunately this provided beautiful views of the distant Sawtooths

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

One of my favorite hikes in June. So beautiful!

hiking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

How I got there: Headed east on Warm Springs and turned right (north) onto Council Springs. It's at the end of the road. Loved this hike! Very green right now with lots of trickling streams and signs of mule deer in the area. Remembered this time to bring a grocery bag--used it to clean up the fire pit garbage at the Old Homestead a little ways off the trail. Highly recommended. Note: If you are a geocacher, there are a handful of fun, easy ones along the trail!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Very beautiful

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