Cervidae Peak is a 4.4 mile heavily 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, running, and bird watching 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

hiking

bird watching

running

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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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.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail. Very steep and just as tricky going back down. The views are amazing all the way. People were friendly and it was great to see people’s dogs off leash.

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scramble
1 day ago

Beautiful hike.... lupines were amazing. Bring hiking sticks and water!

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2 days ago

I only made it half way up this time. Great views.

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3 days ago

Steep climbs up, and down. Perfect workout. Not for little kids. Go early and take hiking poles

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4 days ago

Great hike, but believe the reviews that say how steep it is :) The flowers were beautiful and the views were awesome! Recommend going early in the day.

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6 days ago

Great spring trail, tons of wild flowers, scenic. No shade, hiking pole helps not a must. Windy.

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6 days ago

Trail conditions where perfect considering the rain we got this week. Flowers are blooming, perfect time.

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scramble
9 days ago

Worth the climb for the intoxicating field of lupine at the top that blooms mid-may. Great views of the reservoir.

hiking
11 days ago

Great climb, worth it for the amazing views! Bring water, take breaks to take in the scenes, and careful on the downhill (your knees will feel it!)

hiking
12 days ago

Essentially a 2.2 mile incline hike with some amazing views. Completely recommend this hike to anyone who likes a bit of an incline challenge. Definitely helps to have hiking poles on this one, bring some water and don’t forget your camera. Enjoy and God bless!

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12 days ago

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14 days ago

Tough trail. Saw a rattle snake great weather for it

16 days ago

The Views and the spring wild flowers. that is all I have to say.

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19 days ago

this trail wants to kill me

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21 days ago

Great trail! Unmarked trail head, go passed the marina shores about a mile, there will be a dirt lot on the right and a black iron railing and that’s where you begin. Zero shade. Lots of incline, took my husband and I 2.5 hours to reach summit. Black box at the top, has an awesome pink sign with the peak name and guest log. Will definitely do this one again.

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24 days ago

No shade so definitely do not recommend going at the peak heat of the day! Very, very steep & not ideal for someone very out of shape post-quarantine. Nonetheless, phenomenal views of the lake and the hills and surrounding mountains. We did the whole thing in just over 2 hours with lots of breaks. Great little day trip from Boise!!

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26 days ago

Great trail. Very steep, especially when coming down, wear good shoes. Also, make sure to put sunscreen on! There is no shade, whatsoever. The first small stretch is fairly easy, but the majority of the hike is all uphill, similar to camels back the whole way, for 4 miles. All for some insanely BEAUTIFUL VIEWS, highly recommend.

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26 days ago

Love this trail especially in Spring.

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26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and vey nice trail.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This is an awesome hike. Difficult, but a great workout. Good trail shoes and trekking poles make it so much easier. The views are insanely beautiful!! DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE SW TRAIL STARTS?? We tried to find it- followed the deer fence and basically just bushwacked it until we met the East Trail(I think).

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1 month ago

Definitely tests your hiking fitness! Recommend trekking poles for the way down. Incredible views all along, but 360 degree view at the top makes the steep inclines so worth it! No shade, no water so plan accordingly.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great hike that I would recommend to anyone wanting to get their heart rate up.

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1 month ago

Amazing view but you definitely have to work hard for it. Lots of steep gravel/ sand inclines to get to to the top. Views of the reservoir and river as well as tons of surrounding mountains. Saw an eagle and some turkey vultures fly right over. An amazing but definitely difficult hike. Hard on your knees on way down. If you still want an amazing view if you make it up the first big one it’s still incredible but I recommend you keep going!

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1 month ago

One of the hardest short hikes in Idaho. If you can trail run the entire thing my hat goes off to you. Very steep and lots of loose dirt. Good shoes, socks, hat, water, and trekking poles recommended.

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