hiking
18 days ago

Not a bad trail but probably best used as a jumping off point for trails that wind deeper into the Boise hills. Easy climb up before users follow a staircase down into the creek bottom. My first visit was in unseasonably warm weather in early February. Not a great time for wildlife but the trail was very scenic, wooded, and gently turned to scrub and long grass along the creek plain. According to the City of Boise, Ridge to Rivers website (Check for Boise hills trail conditions and news), the trail was closed a week prior to prevent erosion during a very wet spell so mine was a lucky run, with which I was able to connect to the Ridge Crest Trail and wind deeper into the trail system. This trail was well used by runners. Although the creek was small, I can see it being a welcome reprieve from the hot ridges in summer. Once again, nice trail to connect from the parking area to other trails in the system.

brutal trail if you go all the way in & out. bring plenty of water. avoid in 95°+ heat.

Good overall hike but not really a great area for birding. Very few varieties and appearances on the day I was there. This trail seems better for mountain biking than hiking and that's mostly what you'll see. It is a good length and relatively pretty if you like desert scenery. There is a very small forested area at the beginning. The challenge level is probably near easy but with a route long enough to deter small children. The inclines are very mild compared to other moderate rated desert trails like Harrison Hollows.

This seemed less scenic and more of a workout trail. It was fine but not as interesting as other trails in the area.

Awesome pitstop while traveling. Very active community and great trails.

3-14-17 ... All the trails were in great condition & the views were perfect!!!

11 months ago

Lots of nice trails here and good views of downtown Bioise.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Great trail system with access from several different starting points. Highly recommend. Good for all ability levels, depending on your choices of course.

walking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Best trail for dog lovers! The Military Reserve has an off leash dog park and most trails are off leash. Enjoy the wildflowers in April & May!

hiking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

fun hike. got caught in the rain. .. but was super awesome anyway

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sidewinder is one of the best trails with amazing views of Boise..

mountain biking
Thursday, September 22, 2011

One of the must do trails in the Boise Foothills, Sidewinder is a nice climb, great view, and a fun downhill. A bit crowded on weekends.

trail running
7 months ago

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