Polecat Loop Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boise, Idaho that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.0 miElevation gain764 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingViewsWildlife
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Greg Hart
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HikingGreat!No shade

Good hiking trail. The arrowleaf balsamroot flowers are blooming on the east-facing slopes. Not crowded at all today.

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Brooke Kenney
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Mountain biking

This is a beautiful HIKING trail, especially in April/May when the wildflowers are blooming. However, I do not recommend mountain biking this loop. The idiots who maintain this trail seemed to have put sand on all the hairpin turns so you either have to go slow or risk sliding out (I like to go fast and slid out on a turn and decided to take it easy the rest of the way). Additionally, this trail has no exciting downhill. The uphill is not worth the slow sand-filled downhill. If you want to mountain bike in this area, I recommend going across the street or elsewhere.

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Zachary Wasli
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Mountain biking

Accidentally forgot to stop timer. Sat in car for 15 min

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Jaejin Lee
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Mountain biking

Decent MTB trail - not too long. Would recommend going clockwise unless you like fast descents with hairpin turns on the edge of the mountain/hill.

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JD Piper
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Hiking

This is a great, easy hiking trail. Went in late March when the trail was still pretty frozen or dry. Do be on the lookout for a few standing puddles and mud in spots. Not too much early morning traffic.

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mary melink
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Hiking

Very good hike... a little muddy.

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Heather Morris
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Hiking

Great! Little muddy, beautiful!

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Ashley Moore
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Hiking

Muddy

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Scott A
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RunningMuddy

views were awesome. I would recommend going early in the morning before the ground softens up because some areas could be quite muddy.

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Haley T.
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HikingMuddy

this is a great hike most of the time but its just too muddy right now, had to turn around after about a quarter mile.

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Andy Hill
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HikingIcySnow

Wanted to get in a shorty before the snow hit. Started about 9:30, finished about 11:30. Footing was solid the whole way, with no melting. Some areas of packed snow, but footing was fine. More people and bikes than I was expecting given the weather.

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John Dudek
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Hiking

Excellent and convenient escape. Wonder what shape trail will be in after it snows! Views will be spectacular for sure!

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John Dudek
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Hiking

Wet sandy, with some snowy patches, rare slick spots. Hi temp 38F.

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Caroline Dunford
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Hiking
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Wendy Rose
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Hiking

Lots of bikers but ok otherwise.

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Timothy Holland
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Mountain biking
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Mary Ashley
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Running

Loose sand first mile. Made it harder to run. The rest was great though. Very narrow trail so always make sure you’re on the lookout for bikers.

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Andy Hill
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Hiking
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TJ Hymas
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HikingGreat!

Great trail

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Marilee Egli
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Hiking

I would def classify this as easy. The only thing difficult about this trail was the narrow passageways and oncoming bikers and runners and horses. There is little room to give yield to all of this. The short trail is not marked so I ended up on the long loop but turned around at 2 miles.

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Jeff Hall
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Aaron Hale
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Mountain biking

It’s a great ride, my family and I try to ride it once a week

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Matt Smithman
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HikingGreat!

Great trail, easy navigation, sweet views and highly accessible.

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Eric Thim
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HikingGreat!

Great weather as sun was setting which provided a lot of shade. There was a nice breeze as well. There were other hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers, however, not alot of them.

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Peter Adams
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Hiking

amazing, as always. lots of cyclists, but it was a Sunday.

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Adrian Loepp
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Hiking

amazing

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Ariel Towns
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Hiking

Some parry were very narrow.

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Peter Adams
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Mountain biking
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