Pat's Trail Loop is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Boise, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, mountain biking, and snowshoeing.

Length9.5 miElevation gain1,761 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingSnowshoeingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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A trail consisting of nothing but cool, shady singletrack and minimal traffic. The only downside is the 1.6 mile, 850' grind back up Pat's Trail to the trailhead. Park at the trailhead for Pat's Trail (a wider than normal slow vehicle turnout). From there, it's sandy singletrack downhill through pine forest. At the bottom of Pat's, it tees into Eastside Trail. Hang a left and follow Eastside Trail for about a tenth of a mile. From there, hang a right on Sinker Creek Trail and enjoy the lush vegetation and the gentle downhill. At 3.2 miles, you'll splash across Shafer Creek - this is a great opportunity to soak your hat, shirt or bandanna if you're getting warm. Time for a small climb. In late July and August, there are ripe huckleberries along the first part of the climb - Enjoy! After about 3/4 of a mile of climbing (4 miles total), you'll hit the crossing for DB Connector. If you're thinking you might want to cut the hike short, DB Connector will shave nearly 2 miles of distance and 200 ft of climb off the route. Otherwise, continue on Sinker Creek Trail as it drops down to its namesake. There is an intersection with Mr. Big Trail at this point, but stay left to stay on Sinker Creek. Follow Sinker Creek Trail along a gentle uphill paralleling Sinker Creek itself, while dodging the occasional cow patty. At 5.1 miles, Sinker Creek tees into Eastside Trail. This is another good spot to soak your hat, shirt, etc. in the creek before turning left and starting the climb out. From here until you get back to Pat's, you'll encounter more mountain bikers coming from in front of you, as Eastside is a popular downhill trail. At 6.1 miles, you'll come across DB Connector again, but you'll want to stay right and keep on Eastside. Lot of wildflowers, chipmunks, black squirrels, and granite rock formations, along with some really nice views off to the left. At 7.2 miles, you see Sinker Creek Trail again, but stay right on Eastside for another tenth of a mile until you get to Pat's Trail. The climb up to the trailhead is beautiful, with lots of spots to take in the views while you rest, but, yeah, it's 800+ feet of climb at a point you're feeling more than a little wrung out. Take lots of pictures - no rush.

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Paul Cleary
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SnowshoeingGreat!

Snowshoed down and back up (not full loop). Beautiful day. Snow is great, still fluffy outside of the existing track which wasn’t too tamped down. Good views.

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Denny Trumble
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SnowshoeingGreat!

Beautiful, sunshiny day with Liz!

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Cheryl Kingsford
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Jonathan Ward
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dana Borror
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HikingSnow

This was a great trail. Nicely shaded, surrounded by trees with some nice view points.

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Jonathan Ward
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a couple of fallen trees but otherwise was great.

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Richard Adams
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Jonathan Ward
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used snow shoes

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Cheryl Kingsford
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Anthony Colon
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Jon VanDomelen
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Allison O
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HikingGreat!

This trail (at least the 3.5 miles of it that I did) was awesome! I only saw one other group of people, which was great. It was mostly shaded, and while the climb back up was tough, it was worth it.

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Wilson Ilgenfritz
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Simon Bell
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A great single track trail with lots of shade and no crowds. Trail in great shape. First half of trek is downhill and second half all uphill. The final return mile is pretty steep but manageable. Some views but mostly forest. Lots of options to increase or decrease distance. There were at least 3-4 creeks with flowing water providing a bit of relief for our dog but still necessary to bring water for the pooch. If you have never done this section put it on your list. Hiked on Saturday and ample parking etc.. Not sure why this loop gets fewer people than other nearby trails.

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Bella Hartman
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Description says 7.5 miles but we recorded also on Alltrails app and we finished at 9.8 miles. Pretty shaded trail. Beautiful, love the breeze of fresh air. Definitely a good workout due to downhill and uphill. We have not seen any single mountain biker or hiker today.

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Haley Boyle
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HikingGreat!

This hike was amazing! Yes it is a little brutal the first half mile or so. It's basically downhill for a mile, and then you have to hike back up it when you're tired. However, after that the incline is very gradual and the views are stunning. There are lots of forks on the trail so it can be a little confusing so just be weary of that.

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Amanda Fendel
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It was a nice trail. I started at 9am and finished up around 1pm. Not too many people on the trail, mostly mountain bikers. I saw more hikers on my return to the trailhead.

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Jen Petrie
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Nice and shaded out and back

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Maria McCullough
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HikingGreat!

Highly recommend this trail. Easy to find and lovely views. Great cardio workout on the way back but not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

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Andy Hill
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HikingGreat!

Started about 9AM, finished about 1PM. Never got too hot, although it was pushing 100 in Boise. No bugs (other than some butterflies). Still some flowers in spots. Shafer Creek was easily crossed (and a perfect temperature for dipping a hat or a shirt). Huckleberries on the uphill out of Shafer Creek were plentiful and perfectly ripe. Surprisingly few other hikers or bikers. No deadfall. Primo!

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Rodney Dyrud
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pretty flowers and butterflies

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Jessica Amok
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It was great! It took a little longer than usual because there are so many trails that Pat’s leads into that may or may not lead back to the parking lot. The first quarter mile was brutal since it was straight down and then straight up again! I would definitely recommend during any day because it is very shady!

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Samuel Ross
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Sweet single tack decent. Wouldn’t recommend climbing back to the road like I did

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Rhianna Wallace
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HikingOver grown

8.4 miles according to my phone when I recorded! Nice shaded hike for the dogs with some water run off. Steep trail if you are looking for a good workout.

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Outside Five
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Blowdown has been cleared. Did most of the out and back portion hiking and it was great. Saw a handful of other groups

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Max Kittelson
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Greg Hart
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This is a great alternative to Stack Rock if you want a fraction of the crowds. I hiked it in the reverse direction of what’s recommended. The uphill inbound section was a good workout.

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