Hulls Gulch Nature Trail

MODERATE 97 reviews
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Hulls Gulch Nature Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boise, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

no shade

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail, easy to follow. Not too much steep incline or decline, so the length isn’t so bad. Took us about 3 hours including a couple pauses and a stop to eat. We saw lots of flowers, and many interesting critters (mostly of the bug variety, but also some lizards, small mammals, and a couple of snakes, including a rattler). Most of the trail is along a burbling brook, which is very pleasant sounding, though it’s fairly covered in vegetation, so you don’t see much of the water. When you get to the loop, going right will avoid a steep incline, go left if you’d rather do more incline and avoid a steep decline.

10 days ago

Fun easy hike.

hiking
10 days ago

It is a beautiful trail and best if you start early. There are wonderful flowers blooming all the way and the sound of flowing water makes it relaxing as well as fun. The lower hulls gulch Is very easy hike and to make it a bit fun you can hike up to the top of 8th street trail.

16 days ago

Super fun loop. You forget where you are. Start at parking lot and get 11 miles total.

hiking
22 days ago

Easy hike along a stream, very little shade so would recommend eary morning to beat the heat.

24 days ago

Very cool hike!

hiking
1 month ago

There were a some wild flowers near the trail, a few colorful songbirds, a couple small lizards, and even a distant coyote. Walking near the stream was nice and the view from the top was worth the 6.3 miles. If you stay to the right when you get to the loop it's a more gradual incline going up and you can come down on the steeper section.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful green foothills alongside the creek which added a great sound. The incline to start the loop was a fantastic workout.

1 month ago

Nice and easy. Shade areas with streams for dogs.

1 month ago

love this trail took creastline back and got lost but what an amazing trail.

Loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike too many bikes.

2 months ago

Happened upon this trail and hopped out to give it a try. Very nice, heard lots of meadowlarks. Pretty spot.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a lovely hike next to a mountian creek. We saw some wildlife and lots of other hikers. Watch out for bicyclists, most of the time we didn't have to worry but be cautious around corners and blind spots.

4 months ago

Great hike with amazing views! Some muddy spots, but do-able with boots.

hiking
7 months ago

A well marked trail with gentle elevation changes that highlights the local environment. It would be a great trail run but I did this as a hike. There were some mountain bikers on the trail but everyone was friendly and respectful

7 months ago

Beautiful fall day, temp about 65 or so, leaves changing in the gulch bottom. Well marked, moderate trail in my book, but my first hike in the Boise area, so well worth it as an afternoon hike - relatively easy pace, 2.5 hours.

hiking
8 months ago

This is the first trail in Boise that I’ve ever hiked. I just started hiking recently and I really enjoyed this trail. It has beautiful views of Boise and nice well-maintained trails with good markers and interesting ‘tidbits of information along the way. I don’t believe the ranking is correct as in my opinion it’s not a real hard trail. I would rate it more of a Moderate trail because of the narrowness of the trail the closeness to steep slopes on one side. The only trail I have to compare it with is a trail I did in Colorado Springs (Brodgett Peak) that was a much steeper and had navigate a lot of rock and gravel on the trail. That trail was rated a hard trail on this site.

9 months ago

Great trail and views. Not too busy and enjoyable.

hiking
9 months ago

It's a fun trail with a blend of desert and valley scenery. We didn't see a single waterfall along this route or really any running water. There's no reason to classify this trail as hard whatsoever. There are no significant inclines, far less steep than table rock, and the mileage is really not that challenging. The trail is actually fairly well maintained and has many informational postings along the way. It seems like a decent birding trail as there are a fair number of smaller birds. I'd do it again, it's better than most of the desert trails.

hiking
9 months ago

Great views and a fun hike. Six bridges to cross.

hiking
9 months ago

Such a relaxing trail!

hiking
10 months ago

Such an awesome, beautiful hike. Lots of informative landmarks. Tons of wildlife. As a novice hiker I found this trail to be one of the easier in the Valley, but there are some steep dropoffs. Not recommended for kids or pets. Mormon crickets have taken over the foothills

hiking
10 months ago

Great challenge. Pretty moderate but the sun adds to its difficulty. I'd say that the loop potion is where it gets its "hard" rating as well as its overall length.

Also I didn't see any lake or waterfall as mentioned in the description. But I did not do the lower Trail.

hiking
11 months ago

So far, the upper hulls gulch with the extra two mile loop equaling the 6.3 is by far my favorite trail yet. I would not bring children on this trail. There is poison ivy/oak, some very narrow trail areas with quick drop offs. I also would not bring a dog on this trail because of the poison ivy/oak.
Bring a camera. This trail is beautiful in both may and June. If you want to be up there on your own, Go in the early afternoon on a week day. Do NOT go on a weekend if lots of people bug you. This trail is for pedestrians only. But on the weekends you will hear atv's and such on the other trail for the first mile or so. Enjoy, it is truly worth it. We loved it and got a ton of great photos. Bring a picnic. On the extra loop you will find 1 perfect area for a picnic.

hiking
11 months ago

This would have been a 4 or 5 if it wasn't for the ATV noise from trails nearby. Perhaps Sunday mornings are not the best time to go. When it was quiet, it was lovely with the sound of birds, water and wind.

Don't let the hard rating deter you if your a moderate hiker. There were a couple non life threatening challenges, but that's it. We did the loop counterclockwise which was a slower incline, steeper decline. At one point going down, it felt like we were walking on ball bearings. Going the other way would solve this problem.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Seems like a pretty casual hike, lower incline, and not too long. I'm not sure why it's rated as "hard". At the top I took 8th street extension up to Hulls Ridge and took that to the top, which doubled the vertical and length of the hike, so that could be an option for anyone feeling underwhelmed at the top.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This has become my favorite trail. It's more challenging if you go left at the loop up the steep hill. Going right at the loop is a more gradual climb. So beautiful and lots of friendly hikers. Great trail to bring a dog!

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tried to follow the loop people took for the 6.3 miles but must have been wrong. Hiked 7 miles and no loop. Very awesome hike though!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Be aware that there is poison oak growing very close to the trail near the water. It is such a beautiful hike other than that.

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