Polecat Loop Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Polecat Loop Trail is a 6 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
764 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

road biking

walking

views

wildlife

hiking
12 days ago

Easy gentle ascent.

mountain biking
20 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Nice - typical Boise foothills. Good views on a clear day, a nice easy loop.

1 month ago

Jan 1,2018 little mud and ice to be expected but this trail has beautiful views, cut thru on Doe ridge also. Great start to new year

hiking
2 months ago

Well developed trail with good changes in elevation. We did see a number of deer while on the hike which was a nice bonus. Well marked and has a couple of shortcuts if you want to shorten it some. Overall an enjoyable moderator level trail

hiking
4 months ago

Nice autum trail with great views.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this trail for an "everyday " hike. Not too strenuous and well marked with good views. I like that I can do this hike in the morning and then get to work in the afternoon. Great for locals.

birding
7 months ago

The hike has some mild inclines and a decent length. You'll notice if you follow my route it runs into a dead end somewhere in the middle which will add some extra miles. The scenery is relatively boring compared to other desert trails I've been on and the mountain bikers can be annoying on the small trails. There are a few interesting birds but I've gotten better encounters on other trails. I'd hike this again but it wouldn't be high on my list.

7 months ago

love this trail! one of the best I've done so far

hiking
8 months ago

This was our first hike in the Boise area and it was a perfect loop of gradual ups and downs. Beautiful views while at the top and within the valleys.

hiking
8 months ago

Did the 3 mile version just before sunset. 'Twas perfect.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! Not as heavily trafficked as Hulls or Military Reserve, which was nice. Decent, slow climb and great views. It's also nice that you can half the loop for if need be. Don't recommend in the wind though, which was brutal today.

hiking
10 months ago

As someone who doesn't normally like foothill-trails or hiking without trees or water, this was a GREAT hike even without these factors. Didn't even notice any elevation gain because it was so gradual the whole time, beautiful wildflowers, GORGEOUS views of the Valley and both mountain ranges. One of the best hikes below the tree line.

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Loved this trail!! A friend suggested it as a good vantage point to see the city below and sunrise and it did not disappoint! I cut across on Doe Ridge Trail to make sure I was on top for the sunrise and then came down the other side of the loop. Very easy hike even with the snow.
I will definitely be back!

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mountain biking
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