Shafer Butte Loop

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Shafer Butte Loop is a 6 mile moderately 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 best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Plenty of parking is available at Bogus Basin Ski Resort. At times in the summer the lodge will be open and serving food. One lift will typically run on two days (total) each summer.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail with butterflies, wildflowers and birds!

birding
14 days ago

Well, I'm not certain the route I took was actually Shafer Butte as there are many trails located at the top of bogus and nothing in the area behind the pioneer lodge building appeared to be labeled as it. If you follow apple gps you'll end up here or off the side of the mountain if you take siri literally. The path I followed was labeled Tempest and was very fulfilling and incredibly beautiful. The inclines were enough to get you out of breath just in time to lose it again looking at all the fog over the mountains and bridges of earth connecting other paths. The place was relatively empty the day I was here and when I arrived near the top of the lifts I entered what could only be described as a bird paradise. Tons of different species of smaller birds all interacting together. Many beautiful colors and the varieties just kept increasing the longer I was there. I must have spent an hour or more with swarms of color, mist covered mountain, an abandon lift and not a single other person. It was a magical experience you only seldom encounter on a hike.

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

1 month ago

B-E-A- UTIFUL

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great loop! A nice ascent, beautiful flowers and lots of butterflies right now! Get there early to beat the crowds. Will definitely do it again!!

hiking
2 months ago

Snowed on us in June

3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in June. So beautiful!

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

Very beautiful

hiking
11 months ago

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Didn't make it up in my little car.

walking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

hiking
Friday, May 29, 2015

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 23, 2014