Explore the most popular river 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.

Rewarding summer morning hike.

hiking
2 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
18 days ago

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

on Cervidae Peak

hiking
23 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)!

My kids and I walked this trail today. It was amazing!! We saw so much wildlife, which made my kids excited. I can’t wait to go again!!

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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

hiking
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!

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

1 month ago

Challenging but the view is pleasant throughout entirety of the hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

A great short, steep hike (about 1+ hrs up and 1 hr down). Views are wonderful, trail is pretty good with a couple spots rutted out. Flower and foliage are coming in strong during the middle of May. Great time to be out and about!

Tranquil stroll on a treelined gravel path along the Boise River. No bikes allowed.
Please pickup after your dog

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely a challenging but rewarding hike. Can’t wait to do it again!

A peaceful and easy walk along the river.

Tough, but rewarding when summit.

2 months ago

The hardest hikes have the best views. Worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail, fairly steep but not terrible, killer 360 degree views at the top and not a lot of traffic. All components to a great hike in my book. Really liked this hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful views, nice cool weather hike because you get HOT climbing this bad boy. Winds at the top will chill you down quickly, pack a lightweight wind jacket.

5 months ago

Great views, and all the snow at the top is gone now. Challenging inclines, but very rewarding!

**The trail I suggested to AllTrails with the following description is NOT the Freestone Trail but AllTrails placed my suggestion here.** (AllTrails - You are going to get people lost!) Here is my description of Cottonwood Creek to Ridgecrest to Central Ridge to Shane's Loop, about 8 miles total and winding further away from trailheads than the real Freestone Trail: Lovely hike in the cooler seasons. I was very lucky to have an early February day in the mid 50s and a dry trail. See Cottonwood Creek review for info on riparian habitat, flora, and fauna. Follow the Cottonwood Creek Trail to Ridge Crest Trail, winding up and northwestish. Ridge Crest T's up with Central Ridge Trail. I veered west on Central Ridge to meet up with Shane's Loop. This trail can be easily accessed from downtown Boise and within 30 minutes hike I felt like I had left the city for backcountry, high desert wilderness. The Foothills seemed to roll on forever in front of me. I shared the trails with dogs and mountain bikers, and a few other hikers. Good idea to check the Ridge to Rivers, Boise local website for trail conditions. There is NO shade in the hills so bring a lot of water in the summer months. Trails can be muddy or snow blanketed in winter.

This is a scenic route, along a lovely river. There are lots of ducks, geese, and squirrels. It was a bit icy this morning.

Nice trail, a bit of climb at first but mostly downhill on the way back. Well kept and fun to ride with nice views of Boise.

beautiful trail right by the Boise river. really friendly community.

Ok... So arriving at this trail had me confused because it seemed like the entrance to the Veterans Trails which it actually is. This route however is if you take a right instead of a left at the beginning and is honestly much more fulfilling. This section has a decent percentage in forest and there are many birds including hummingbirds, quail and some raptors. I would recommend bug repellent in the forested areas as the mosquitoes are in abundance. The climbs are moderate but much more interesting than the Veterans side. The mountain bike activity seems lower on this side as well which is nice for hikers and birders.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

7/13 still closed due to high water

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

honestly best dog-walkinh path I've found in Idaho .. beautiful

fairly short, simple trail with nice views of rolling hills to the east and boise to the west

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Trail is currently closed due to high water.

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