Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

hiking
5 days ago

Just wrapped up that hike. Definitely feels like alpine but there’s quite a bit of road construction going on. Needs better signage. Rustic ski resort in every sense of the word.

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
2 months 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

snowshoeing
3 months ago

My first time snowshoeing was on this trail and it was great. I would recommend for others looking to try snowshoeing.

Snowshoed this yesterday. Loved it.

Was unable to access the trail in mid March. Not a year round trail for on foot. You can rent snow shoes or do cross country skiing but the trail is unmaintained for winter climates.

**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.

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.

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.

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

Indeed a nice trail, ut not Freestone - the trail you indicate includes parts of buckhorn, Shane's, and the Central Ridge Trails. Freestone is on next ridge to the north.

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5 months ago

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