Stack Rock Trail

MODERATE 118 reviews
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Stack Rock Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boise, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,414 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

hiking
snow
21 days ago

Really cool trail to do in the winter. The whole trail was snowy but hard packed, so with a pair of crampons there was no issues, but there were some older deep prints where someone was sinking deep at one point and snow shoes would’ve been the way to go.

1 month ago

Great trail with beautiful scenery. Moderate hiking.

2 months ago

This is a review for WINTER at Stack Rock. This is an incredibly gorgeous and very challenging hike in wintertime. Going with my dog, I was a little concerned about the thousand foot elevation change and 8-mile round trip, but luckily I had snow shoes, and my dog brought a good attitude. I crossed paths with another group of who all had poles, and I’d say we both probably struggled equally with our different equipment. The steep uphills are no treat at any point, but that last incline to the top was simply brutal. However, I got out unscathed and probably weighing quite a bit less. Gorgeous vistas and silent as could be. Worth it if you are experienced and well prepared! Probably not best for deep season, but after a couple snowfalls, it was great.

2 months ago

highly suggest not going at night. best time to start is 10:30 unless you want to hike at night

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Plenty of hikers even in November. Good trail for running or hiking.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike, good workout but not too difficult

hiking
4 months ago

It’s nice trail, not too long, not too short, and easy to follow. The middle part of trail has small elevation which is perfect to combine hiking and running. If you go back the same way in, it will be around 8 miles total, but if you decide to take different path back as a loop, then it will be 11 miles and up, there are many paths ranched out from this trail.

backpacking
4 months ago

Half day hike that consists of service roads & clean trails. Great mountain biking trails also.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent hike and great scenery. The trail is well kept, well marked, and clean. The mountain bikers seemed to follow the yield rules so that was nice. Great bit of exercise up in the hills.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful scenery the entire trail...fall colors beginning to appear. Mostly shaded as you wind through the tall trees. Nice variety of elevation change! One long rather relentless uphill stretch close to the top, but the views make it all worthwhile! The last bit up toward the road on the way out is all uphill...I really felt it after 7 miles! Trail is easy to see, well marked. My whippet loved it, too.

4 months ago

Nice little hike.

4 months ago

Beautiful. Amazing. Friendly people on the trail. We loved it and plan on doing it again. Bring a sandwich and have a picnic with your friends and loved ones when you reach stack rock

hiking
5 months ago

We went too late in the day, in August, and it was HOT. It's a pretty exposed trail as well. Kind of steep near the end, but it's fun.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty awesome trail.

5 months ago

Great trail, mostly in the trees.

5 months ago

Nice hike! Not too tough but totally exhausted my dog, so that's awesome!

hiking
5 months ago

Woke up and wanted to get out, so I tried this trail. The trail is very well made after and tended. Scenic views of the valley.

6 months ago

gorgeous hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this trail! Lots of wildflowers along the way and well marked. Parts of the trail are in full sun, however, the majority of the trail was shaded with trees - perfect when hiking in the hot summer for 8 miles :)

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail and one of the few close to Boise that allows you to get up into the trees for the whole hike. We went on a Saturday in late June and there was very heavy traffic. Beware of mountain bicyclists. Most are cautious and courteous, but there are lots of blind turns in the forest and occasionally they get moving too fast.

7 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

This trail was fantastic, but for a couple of chubby old ladies, it really kicked our butts. We're definitely coming back to do it again though! VERY beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, well marked, moderate/heavy traffic on weekends, well behaved dogs are accepted/allowed off leash. Not really a loop, definitely an out and back. Plan for some time spent exploring and climbing Stack rock and the surrounding formations!

8 months ago

Nice! Keep following trail to Freddie’s Stacked rock as there’s some side trails. Easy hike. If I can do it, so can you.

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail. Went really early and there was no one on the hike up and then started to pass people on our way back. Beautiful views and the trail was easy to follow. Definitely doing it again.

hiking
8 months ago

First timer to the trail. Found my way easily. Lots of road noise for the first mile or so, but it fades out into the sounds of the forrest and is serene and beautiful. I have seen the trail described as relatively flat on some websites, so was a bit surprised at how often and how much elevation changes on this trail. Water. Sunscreen. Bug Repellant. You won't get to see the stack often, and it kindof sneaks up on you at the top and when you suddenly see it, it is breathtaking! The trail with the full Freddy's loop took me about 4.5 hours, but I stopped to do some climbing at the stack. I would like to do it again in the fall when the aspens change. Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is TRAFFIC. Very popular trail!

8 months ago

We did this hike on Memorial Day so it was very busy, but really nice! I would definitely recommend checking out the view once you get to the top before the rock. The trail flattens out then it's on the left. We saw a rattlesnake while on this trail near the top.

hiking
8 months ago

It was our first time here and didn’t really know what to expect. It was a beautiful day and the trail is in great shape, easy to navigate and understand the signs. We had a good time. Make sure you take plenty of water !!

hiking
8 months ago

My wife and I hiked this trail for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. The forest trails and the wild flowers were beautiful. Overall the trail was well marked and moderately easy for a couple of 60 somethings. The views from Stack Rock were really rewarding.

walking
8 months ago

Pretty great hike! Would be better to do earlier in the season, so more flowers would be in bloom. Saw a lot of lizards, birds, chipmunks, and even a snake! It is a long hike, but it is good if you can power through. Lots of shade and rocks to climb and explore. Morning would probably be better, so it is cooler and less people will be out on the trail.

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