Polecat Loop Trail

MODERATE 61 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

38 minutes ago

good hike, the trail is narrow so watch for bikers before going around corners.

26 days ago

Awesome trail!!!

mountain biking
1 month ago

great ride with some good climbs does get a little sandy and slick as warm weather moves in.

1 month ago

Great trail, muddy after some rain, so do stay off the trails then! Lots of mountain bikers that kept passing. Please always call out ahead of time if you are biking with hikers, thanks!

3 months ago

Very good. Loved the views

4 months ago

was wonderful today, April 9th. good ups and downs, enough challenge mixed with some moments of decent to get your breath back. very beautiful!

5 months ago

Looking great today!

trail running
5 months ago

A few areas pretty muddy today in 3/11/18 but not as bad as Sweet Connie. We only got out 4.28 miles before we had to turn around in Sweet Connie. Love this little loop on a beautiful morning.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Tough first mile, then beautiful ups and downs.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy gentle ascent.

mountain biking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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

7 months 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
7 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
10 months ago

Nice autum trail with great views.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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
Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

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
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

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
Saturday, April 22, 2017

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!

hiking
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