Looking for a great trail near Garden Valley, Idaho? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Bogus Basin State Park or Hulls Gulch Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Garden Valley ranging from 2.1 to 6.2 miles and from 3,336 to 6,683 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Meh. I bet there are nicer hikes around. It’s a dirt road in October, and the surrounding forest was really not that pretty to look at. I could see it being cool in snow and snowshoes. We were doing the scenic drive from Boise up 21 to Lowman (ok) then down through Garden Valley and Horseshoe Bend (nicer drive) back to Boise and just needed a ~3-mile hike for the time we had.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great workout, our 10 yr old did it with us. Very quite, lots of berries, brush got dense at times. There was an area with downed trees we had to go around other then that trail is well maintained, especially by wildlife. Views at times were amazing of the granite rocks and other ravines. Caught a glimpse of a bear, saw lots of signs of Elk. We would definalty do this again.

running
2 months ago

The trail was beautiful and I loved the views! It’s a quiet and secluded area if you’re looking to get away from civilization. As a trail run however, it was really difficult. Getting to the top is a series of long and steep hills. I only made it up about 2 miles before I was completely worn out. Still well worth a visit.

hiking
2 months ago

Creek is dry. Most flora past or near finished blooming. Nice views from upper stretches of trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with great views. I was questioning the difficult rating after spending some time in the area. But I would agree with it now, it is almost completely uphill. But absolutely worth it.

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over grown
2 months ago

If you're looking to reach a destination, this hike just kind of turns around at a certain point 3.2 miles in. The trail continues further but we decided to turn back at the point listed in the hike. Kind of a bummer that there was more trail we didn't get to.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a great trail, not well used but well marked and maintained. We only went to the overlook about halfway. The view is worth the elevation gained in the first few miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty, shaded hike. Small incline during most of the hike going up.

hiking
3 months ago

We weren't able to do the full hike but enjoyed the first 1.5 miles. The main creek does have water but it's a difficult trek to get to. Good warm up trail before tackling a longer trek. Start early now that we're seeing 90+ degree temps.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail with some steep spots, especially at the end, which is why I believe this trail is marked difficult. There was plenty of shade, but I'm definitely glad we got started on it early. The creeks were all dried up when we went in late June.

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rocky
3 months ago

Very interesting trail, I recommend staying on just skyline loop though. Me and my friends almost got lost trying to make it more "interesting". Thank God for offline maps!

My friend and I took our kids up this trail, 6, 7, and 9 years old. Having never been up here, I really wish we had known for sure where each of the hot springs was going to be. Boiling Springs is right where it is indicated on all the maps, but everything after that was our best guess. The trail has a place in the accent, after veering up away from the original path, that was pretty sketchy. I would NOT recommend this hike with kids. The drop off is pretty steep. I’m glad we did it, but really wishing we had been able to push through to the next hot spring.

A easy hike to Boiling springs. Then the trail almost disappears into a steep very sketchy hike! single track trail with steep drops if your footing gives out. Sadly most of the springs are little more than mud holes the elk love to wallow in. Last time we went the red mites and horse flies were so bad we didn't stay long. I would advise Pine Flats, Kirkham, or Firecrew hot springs anytime over Boiling Springs. Cheers, Happy Soaking!!

Great hike in snowshoes with beautiful views. Off trail descent in powder was awesome. 60 minutes up to the peak, about 30 minute descent in snowshoes off trail.

Fantastic trail! I went in March - the snow was apparently 7 feet deep! Perfect for snowshoeing, incredible views of the mountains, and a yurt at the top to check out if you’re interested. There was not a single other person on the trail when I went. It took me about 2 hours, including stops, and I found it to be not too strenuous. Definitely check this one out!

Dec. 31 2018, 22 degrees, sunny and no wind at all. Beautiful day to be out on this trail with about 14 inches of powder. There are some really wonderful views along this trail.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Not a trail, its a road, 90% of it drivable with 2wd vehicle.

Friday, August 17, 2018

It was a fun hike! it's a gradual incline most of the way up. the directions will have you park in a dirt parking lot but the hike is acrossed the street. it starts out as a different trail then turns into skyline.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 22, 2018

Great trail!

hiking
Friday, July 13, 2018

This was a very pleasant hike after a long drive up the Middle Fork Road. There are a lot of dirt bikes, ATV's, UTV's on the lower part of the road. Once you start to climb, they pretty much disappear. The hike first passes by Boiling Springs. The day was much too hot to stop here. There is no shade and no way to cool the hot pools. probably fantastic in cold weather! The trail follows the river and is shaded much of the way. We stopped at Moon Dipper hot springs. Our timing was just right, as we had the pools to ourselves. We heard they were very crowded earlier. The water temp was nice, but required some periodic swirling to keep it that way. Pine Burl hot spring was just around the bend, but we did not visit this time!

Summer hike with a 9 year old, a 3 year old in an Osprey backpack carrier, and the wife. Was disappointed that the “trail” is just a truck path to the Yurt at the top, but the views were fantastic. Great, easy hike.

hiking
Friday, June 22, 2018

Great trail! Went on a Saturday and we were the only ones there. The dogs loved it. Parking is across the street and the trail is well marked and easy to find.

I hiked this trail in May 2017 and there was still snow in some places. Due to the very snowy winter, the river was running very high and had washed out a portion of the trail. I'm not sure if it has been fixed since, but it is possible to hike up and around it safely. The hot springs on Dash Creek near the end of the trail were also washed over due to high water, but Boiling Springs near the trailhead was accessible. The trailhead shares a parking lot with Boiling Springs Campground, which is accessed by Middle Fork Road, which gets rough in some places. The scenery is very beautiful and the hike is very moderate.

My husband and I are in our early 60s. We're fit and active. I'd seen this hike described as "easy" and good for families and children in a guidebook; however, I would definitely not take small children on this hike, and I'd be wary of taking inexperienced older children or adults as well. The trail forks to either side of the river right about at the Boiling Springs cabin. We took the upper trail. While not intense switchbacks, it's quite narrow in places, with a steep slope to the Payette River. You go up and down over a series of hills, some of which are very steep and slippery. A portion of the trail is completely gone, due to the bad winter of 2016-17, requiring us to scramble across a slope over downed trees and slippery dirt. We were "skiing" down in squatting position to avoid falling. If you take the lower trail along the river, you must cross the river several times, so take shoes that can get wet. Once you get to Dash Creek (there's no sign - it's just the biggest creek you've come across) it's easier to cross the creek, I think, then keep a lookout for the actual springs. The hot spring pools are small circles where people have arranged rocks, and a pipe comes into one pool, so don't expect a big swimming hole, and you might have to dig silt out of the pool, or rearrange the rocks to make a pool. The hike is beautiful - great views, plenty of shade, and hot water or cold water to dip into.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Considering this area burned last fall it was a lovely loop. One good view of the Sawtooths, lots of sprouting green out of the ash and a few surviving stands of Aspen and Ponderosa. It will be amazing again one day.

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