Five Mile Gulch, Watchman, and Three Bears Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Five Mile Gulch, Watchman, and Three Bears Loop is a 6 mile loop trail located near Boise, Idaho that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,033 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

views

wildlife

walking
28 days ago

Beautiful day, wildflowers still in bloom. Started at 7:30 perfect hiking temperature. Only a few hikers but several mountain bikers were on the trails.

hiking
1 month ago

This *would* have been a 4-Star hike — beautiful views, very few other people along the trail, lots of shade in the first 1/3, a nice breeze in the last 2/3. HOWEVER, be warned — most of the trail is overrun with Mormon crickets. 3/4 of the hike I couldn’t take two steps without four of them flying at me. Of course, they’re just trying to get out of your way, but they were everywhere. I wish I could have enjoyed more of the lovely views, but unfortunately I spent most of my time looking down at my feet to avoid them hopping and crawling across the trail. Under other circumstances, it’s a lovely hike. Saw some beautiful wildflowers (lots of lupine), a few different types of lizards, lots of birds, butterflies, and a few hobo (?) spiders. Would have been a nice outing, but the crickets and some of the steep descents slowed me down quite a bit — you might consider taking the trail clockwise if you have bad knees/balance like me.

2 months ago

Very close to the river so my dog could hop in to cool down!