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Red Cliffs Nature Center Trail

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Boise National Forest

Red Cliffs Nature Center Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boise, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 482 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

running

views

wild flowers

Going up the Red Cliffs trail is a fairly steady climb, but not lung-busting. Nice views from the top. The rest of the loop hike is level or downhill. Walking the trail with pace provides a good workout.

running
no shade
2 days ago

Hard packed soil and a lot of bike traffic. I couldn’t go more than a 1/3 of a mile without yielding to mountain bikers. I wouldn’t recommend for running.

Red Cliffs is a wonderful hike. I really enjoyed it! The trail runs by and crosses a little creek and winds past the red cliffs and up and around the rolling hills. I was blessed enough to get there early on June 21st, the longest day of the year and see the sun rise. The trail is rated moderate, with nice inclines to get your heart rate up as it climbs up to beautiful views. The time of year I hiked, the hills were covered in long thick grass and various wild flowers: blue, white, purple, and yellow.

hiking
no shade
21 days ago

hiking
no shade
over grown
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

CFC s cc

running
no shade
1 month ago

Great trail system just a few minutes away from downtown Boise. Nice rolling hills, well maintained and lots of different routes to take. Watch out for bikers, they are many though they are courteous. Oh, and one snake!

hiking
1 month ago

So many bicyclists. Not a great hike with them flying around all the bends. We had to step off the trail approximately every 5 minutes to let a Mountain bike pass by.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike! Trail is clear and somewhat easy. Beautiful views great for hiking and biking

running
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

No Shade lots of bikers.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Depending on which side you start on it’s either all up and all down. Almost splits in half from vertical to downhill.

hiking
2 months ago

Dogs can be off leash for most of trail. Heavy biker action with few providing a heads-up upon approach. Overall, good experience not too challenging.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

It was raining when we went so it was a little muddy. The red rocks or cliffs that you pass on the trail had carvings all over it. It was still a nice trail.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Very easy, laid back trail. good for families and doggies.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail, no shade. Lots of mountain bikers which was a little difficult for us having little kids. Had to move to the side at least every 3 minutes. But overall it was a nice relaxing hike. We have 4 kids ages 11-5.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Beautiful views of the foothills and city. Gorgeous in the fall!

Great break from traveling west. Perfect weather low 50’s- bikes, babies, dogs, runners all encountered. Nice trails!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
no shade
11 months ago

quick and easy.

Nice trail despite no shade. Lots of mountain bikes and beautiful views.

hiking
Tue Jul 02 2019

really nice trail, good exercise for our dog - slight steep incline for a brief moment, but very easy

hiking
Fri Jun 21 2019

Kestrel gets steep for a bit but it’s worth the climb

Mon Jun 17 2019

Great trail, nice view, lovely wild flowers. There is a climb that will get your blood pumping if walking a quick 15-20 minute mile, but certainly not to strenuous at a more relaxed pace. A good trail for running as well.

Mon Jun 17 2019

Nice trail . Great views . Very good workout . I will likely do it again !

hiking
no shade
private property
Sun Jun 09 2019

This trail was beautiful today wit lots and lots of wildflowers to see you as you were find me along and gentle slopes

hiking
no shade
Sun Jun 09 2019

Nice hike with good views

hiking
no shade
Tue Jun 04 2019

Heavy mountain bike trail. Overall great trail.

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