Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Boise with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Caution!! Not as “Easy” as they rate. Good trail for hiking bad trail for biking. Huge boulders.

Rewarding summer morning hike.

6 days ago

The uphill nature of the trail make this a great way to get a good workout in and the views are amazing all the way to the top!

beautiful trail

10 days ago

A couple of friends and I hiked this trail in late June and it was a nice workout. Some portions were steep enough to really make you work and others, not. You’ll have a wide range of views from a river in the distance, to mountains, to evergreen trees at the peak. We had a close encounter with an elk in a beautiful meadow area; in the distance you could see another female elk with 2 calves. There’s a trailhead with parking available. It’s not a hard trail and just what the doctor ordered to “get away from it all”.

22 days ago

bit of a climb going up but not hard. beautuful rock formation on top. nice quick hike.

The trail has a different name if you’re following the map.
There is no shade for people and relatives boring.
I think might be better off just doing the table rock hike.
I’ll try again in the spring and fall.

Kids made it up an back, though we had to take a couple breaks. Mormon crickets everywhere. Saw a bull snake.

on Cervidae Peak

27 days ago

The Trailhead was a little difficult to locate. As you take a right onto East Spring Shores Rd. from HWY 21, keep your eyes open for the 2 mile marker. If you park at the Marina, you haven’t gone far enough. Continue just a little bit, you’ll see the 2 mike marker and then a dirt parking lot on the right (or north river bank). Today, the “gate” was closed so we assumed that wasn’t the proper Trailhead. It was! You’ll follow the dirt road until it dead ends; look to the left, there’s a VERY NARROW route through some brush. Once you pass that, it’s mostly a dirt route you follow. While the hike was challenging, it was doable. We (a group of 3 in our 30s) did not take poles because we’ve never really experienced a need for it in our hiking adventures. They REALLY would have come in handy on the way down those steep slopes of gravel and sand; it’s non-negotiable next time I go! The “mormon crickets” were out in full force and there aren’t many blooming wildflowers out at this time of year.

None the less, it was a great work out with very beautiful views. Make sure to leave a note in the little black tub at the peak for others to enjoy and get an early start. We began around 9:30 a.m. and the majority of hikers were finishing their trek. We only saw 1 more group attempting to summit on our descent.

Others have addressed it already but there is no shade so bring lots of water! Also, due to the slippery slopes, I don’t recommend bringing a dog who isn’t well trained on a leash (if on a leash) because they’re likely to pull you to your death (my pup would)!

Good, clean fun. A solid trail.

Great trail, easy to follow. Not too much steep incline or decline, so the length isn’t so bad. Took us about 3 hours including a couple pauses and a stop to eat. We saw lots of flowers, and many interesting critters (mostly of the bug variety, but also some lizards, small mammals, and a couple of snakes, including a rattler). Most of the trail is along a burbling brook, which is very pleasant sounding, though it’s fairly covered in vegetation, so you don’t see much of the water. When you get to the loop, going right will avoid a steep incline, go left if you’d rather do more incline and avoid a steep decline.

1 month ago

Could not find the trail head.

1 month ago

Great view the whole way up. Be sure to pack a lot of water as you will need it due to the lack of the shade. Also, note that this trail isn't easy. It averages 824ft of elevation gain the first mile and 968ft the second mile. If going for sunset be sure to bring a headlamp for the trip back down.

Fun easy hike.

It is a beautiful trail and best if you start early. There are wonderful flowers blooming all the way and the sound of flowing water makes it relaxing as well as fun. The lower hulls gulch Is very easy hike and to make it a bit fun you can hike up to the top of 8th street trail.

Beautiful and easy. Bring tick spray!

Super fun loop. You forget where you are. Start at parking lot and get 11 miles total.

1 month ago

Was going for Mores Loop but road blocked. Super short with nice spot for picnic or camping at top of loop. You can cut straight to Pioneer Lodge from this loop, so that made for a bit nicer view and hike. If you just need to get out of your vehicle and move for 20-30 minutes this is a good lil hike

1 month ago

Good trail to get some exercise! It’s only a little over 2 miles up, but it’s STRAIGHT uphill - so be prepared for a workout. If you are taking a dog, go early in the morning and bring plenty of water for him/her! It’s in the sun the whole way! Overall easy trail to follow and nice hike.

It’s a nice little hike, not very long but has nice shade spots along the way. Would do it again and s great gateway to the “crest” trails.

One of the most beautiful and easy to get into trails that's also so close to Boise!

Easy hike along a stream, very little shade so would recommend eary morning to beat the heat.

Very cool hike!

trail running
1 month ago

Good time, located between mile post 17 & 18 on hwy 21, and pass the 2 mile marker on spring shores. Hiked/ran, we summited in 42 minutes and down an 32. Direct uphill the whole way up

1 month ago

Great hike, challenging at parts and hot during the day. Bring plenty of water for your dog as there's no shade once you're on the trail. At the end of the hike, jump in the lake by following the trail near where you parked!

Was a great hike with our 4 kids. Saw a coyote at the top that walked right in front of us trying to get away. We beat the rain storm so we timed it perfectly. Very family friendly trail! Be sure to eat some homemade ice cream at Goody’s on 13th when your done. Was very good!

Nice decent hike. Easy enough for the kids.

Great in the winter for cross country skiing.
Great in the summer for getting out of Boise's heat.

Make sure you go in the morning as there’s no shelter from the sun on this steep trail

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