Explore the most popular hiking 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.

My dog absolutely loved walking the trail and so did I!!

Awesome trail!!!

We started at 5am. I wouldn’t start any later in the summer because it’s exposed. It was a nice wide trail. Well marked. Wish the loop continued in the foothills and didn’t hit the street at the end but regardless it was a well marked, well maintained, and well traveled trail. Boise State has a bird research area at the top and we enjoyed learning about their program and releasing birds after they were banded. It was a great hike. Bring lots of water. Start early.

great trail for beginners.

hiking
2 days 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 :)

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

hiking
5 days ago

OK hike. Lots of people, decent view from the top and facilities available at trailhead. Cigarette butts, on trail and at peak, and graffiti detract from the experience. If you're more of a solitude seeker there are other trails nearby that may suit your tastes better but this is worth the trip if you have never done it.

hiking
5 days ago

Great little hike

Quick hike, not a lot of traffic, great views of the Boise forest and distant mountains!

Rewarding summer morning hike.

hiking
8 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!

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing hike, really enjoyable.

hiking
8 days ago

This hike was pretty at the start but the trailhead was not well marked and the beginning was straight up in sand and rocks no switchbacks. After the first 2 miles the trail became overgrown and hard to follow. So many false peaks and I was a bit worried there toward the end I would run out of water (had four liters). The last 3/4 mile I couldn’t even find where the trail was...I was tired of bushwhacking struggling to find the trail and turned around. With this being one of the Grand Slam Peaks it should be marked better and maintained a little more. While the views of sunrise were gorgeous over the lake at the beginning I don’t think I would want to do this one again.

Very pleasant hike. Several spots had amazing views. Good variety in the available views.

beautiful trail

It's a small beautiful hike with lots of wild flowers during the spring. Some parts of the trail are deeply rutted however, could use some maintenance.

hiking
12 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”.

hiking
14 days ago

The views are amazing. The hike is rated correctly and very low foot traffic. There are a lot of mountain bikers on the trail. Watch your footing, there are a lot of roots.

This trail is great! definitely going to do this at least once a week

mountain biking
17 days ago

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

Great trail for walking the dog!

Morningstar from the upper lodge to the lower lodge is now marked "Bike riders only".

hiking
19 days ago

This was an easy hike with a mostly gradual climb. The mine building is really neat to see, very intact. There was a huge bird nest inside! The Mormon crickets were everywhere, which took away a lot of the enjoyment of this hike. You could hear them in the brush and the trail was covered with them.

hiking
21 days ago

Great views on this hike with pretty easy incline/decline. (Much less than hiking Table Rock). Lots of trail options so the advice on grabbing a trail map was perfect! The first bit had quite a few Mt Bikers but everyone was respectful and shared the trails well! It took us about 3 hours to complete, we are normally fairly slow hikers :)

hiking
22 days ago

Nice trail with some steep sections and loose sand. Great vibes of Boise.

Good place to take the kids for a quick hike or if you are just getting them into hiking. Our kids easily did it at 4 and 5 years. There is no shade, but since it only takes about 45 minutes it's not a problem.

hiking
23 days 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.

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful!

on Shafer Butte Loop

hiking
27 days ago

didn't do the entire trail, but well worth the trip.

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