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.

Incredible view and smells

7 days ago

It’s a pretty neat little loop- you are essentially walking to the top of a giant hill and then making your way back down. We went in December for some brief road trip relief. It was a little muddy bc of the melting snow but was very enjoyable. I felt a little like the grinch overlooking Whoville because the hill overlooks the surrounding snow covered neighborhoods, which are adorable to drive through.

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.

Great late fall hike. No one else on the trail on a cold, sleety day! Saw several deer just hanging out, too!!!

trail running
16 days ago

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19 days ago

Nice trail. Good views from the summit.

Made it to the top, but it was tough. I would rate this one hard. Seen lots of Deer and a Coyote. Garmin says 3000 ft elevation and it was about 11 miles round trip.

great!!!! fun out and back when you need a nice, sheltered hike

Great trail conditions! Beautiful views.

Great trail, midweek best for less traffic.. Love it!

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

love to take dogs with on this trail
great view of Boise

So many fellow hikers, trail runners, and bikers as expected on any trail this close to town. Some bikers need to SLOW DOWN as the only way I knew they were behind me was the sound of the bikes. Not the trails fault. Everyone else was very friendly. Very nice time.

I absolutely loved this trail! it was gorgeous the whole way and not too steep. Still a good work out with a steady incline! I was afraid there would be snakes because of the tall grass, but I didn't see any.

1 month ago

Great trail with beautiful views of Boise and the Treasure Valley. Nice combination of flats and ascents.

1 month ago

This trail was a combination of beautiful of views and good steady incline for a solid work out. I will definitely hike this again!

1 month ago

We took our kids and the dogs. Once we parked it was a little tough to tell which way to go. There was a sign that said “Danskin Trails” which ended up being the best route. It was a nice groomed trail on top of the hills. It went on for miles and miles. The dogs loved the open range and we enjoyed the mild hills. Easy for kids.

on Polecat Loop Trail

1 month ago

Great hike!

1 month ago

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

Trail has lots of bikers on it which defeated the relaxing purpose of a hike. Gorgeous views half way into hike however.


This is my go to hike

Very easy trail to enjoy in the early morning to watch the sunrise

Excellent hike, very few people on the trail. Single track trail, but this is ped only (no bikes). Views were great, cool boulder piles, trickle of water in the creek below. Perfect weather in late October.

1 month ago

There is no sign at parking lot, but still pretty easy to find trail up the gravel access road. I would recommend hiking boots and not tennis or running shoes due to steep, rocky, washed out trail. Great views from the top and even saw burn lines and red flame retardants from fires.

As someone else wrote, this trail should be re-routed into switchbacks for safety and to reduce erosion.

1 month ago

Fun hike, good workout but not too difficult

1 month ago

Beautiful autumnal colors! The stream isn't there now, but a small waterfall emerges from the boulders at the top of the loop. GPS took me to the 8th street parking...look for signs saying Hulls Gulch National Recreation Trail.. it's a footpath only (#0). Easy inclines, especially if you do the loop counter clockwise (go to the right). Not much shade so bring lots of water, especially for the doggies (no stream right now)... Trail is marked well, maintained well. Sometimes you'll hear the ATVs on the nearby trail (bummer) but only toward the top.

beautiful run!

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