Cervidae Peak

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Cervidae Peak is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Boise, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,883 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

Cervidae Peak is the highpoint on a main ridge line near the confluence of Mores Creek and Lucky Peak Reservoir (Middle Fork of the Boise River). It provides an excellent steep, fast scramble in the summer and a nice snow climb in the winter. It's close proximity to Boise (17 miles) makes it a nice quick mountain destination, especially when the bigger peaks are blocked by avalanched roads or closed approaches. The views from the summit are all encompassing and include Shafer Butte, Thorn Creek Butte, Mt. Heinan, Sunset Peak and Pilot Peak. You can create a very long ridge run / hike that would include this high point. Antlers and weather balloons have been found on this ridge. East Route (Class 2) - 1.1 miles past the Spring Shores Marina, climb northwest up the very steep hillside until it joins the main ridge north to the summit in 2 miles with 2000 feet of elevation gain.

1 month ago

Rewarding summer morning hike.

hiking
1 month ago

The uphill nature of the trail make this a great way to get a good workout in and the views are amazing all the way to the top!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Kids made it up an back, though we had to take a couple breaks. Mormon crickets everywhere. Saw a bull snake.

hiking
1 month ago

The Trailhead was a little difficult to locate. As you take a right onto East Spring Shores Rd. from HWY 21, keep your eyes open for the 2 mile marker. If you park at the Marina, you haven’t gone far enough. Continue just a little bit, you’ll see the 2 mike marker and then a dirt parking lot on the right (or north river bank). Today, the “gate” was closed so we assumed that wasn’t the proper Trailhead. It was! You’ll follow the dirt road until it dead ends; look to the left, there’s a VERY NARROW route through some brush. Once you pass that, it’s mostly a dirt route you follow. While the hike was challenging, it was doable. We (a group of 3 in our 30s) did not take poles because we’ve never really experienced a need for it in our hiking adventures. They REALLY would have come in handy on the way down those steep slopes of gravel and sand; it’s non-negotiable next time I go! The “mormon crickets” were out in full force and there aren’t many blooming wildflowers out at this time of year.

None the less, it was a great work out with very beautiful views. Make sure to leave a note in the little black tub at the peak for others to enjoy and get an early start. We began around 9:30 a.m. and the majority of hikers were finishing their trek. We only saw 1 more group attempting to summit on our descent.

Others have addressed it already but there is no shade so bring lots of water! Also, due to the slippery slopes, I don’t recommend bringing a dog who isn’t well trained on a leash (if on a leash) because they’re likely to pull you to your death (my pup would)!

hiking
2 months ago

Great view the whole way up. Be sure to pack a lot of water as you will need it due to the lack of the shade. Also, note that this trail isn't easy. It averages 824ft of elevation gain the first mile and 968ft the second mile. If going for sunset be sure to bring a headlamp for the trip back down.

hiking
2 months ago

Good trail to get some exercise! It’s only a little over 2 miles up, but it’s STRAIGHT uphill - so be prepared for a workout. If you are taking a dog, go early in the morning and bring plenty of water for him/her! It’s in the sun the whole way! Overall easy trail to follow and nice hike.

trail running
2 months ago

Good time, located between mile post 17 & 18 on hwy 21, and pass the 2 mile marker on spring shores. Hiked/ran, we summited in 42 minutes and down an 32. Direct uphill the whole way up

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, challenging at parts and hot during the day. Bring plenty of water for your dog as there's no shade once you're on the trail. At the end of the hike, jump in the lake by following the trail near where you parked!

2 months ago

Make sure you go in the morning as there’s no shelter from the sun on this steep trail

2 months ago

Challenging but the view is pleasant throughout entirety of the hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

A great short, steep hike (about 1+ hrs up and 1 hr down). Views are wonderful, trail is pretty good with a couple spots rutted out. Flower and foliage are coming in strong during the middle of May. Great time to be out and about!

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely a challenging but rewarding hike. Can’t wait to do it again!

3 months ago

Tough, but rewarding when summit.

3 months ago

Quick hike but pretty steep. When you make it to the peak it’s worth it. Roughly an hour hike up and 30-45 mins back down. Bring a flashlight if you go to catch the sunset.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, fairly steep but not terrible, killer 360 degree views at the top and not a lot of traffic. All components to a great hike in my book. Really liked this hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful views, nice cool weather hike because you get HOT climbing this bad boy. Winds at the top will chill you down quickly, pack a lightweight wind jacket.

6 months ago

Great views, and all the snow at the top is gone now. Challenging inclines, but very rewarding!

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