Explore the most popular trails near Idaho City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


Idaho City, Idaho Map

First of all, their is no trailhead marker. It might have burned down in 2016. After one mile on FR 384, look for the pullout with a sign saying clean your boots. The trail starts just to the right of that.

We hiked 4.1 miles in and really enjoyed the hike. A lot of effort has gone into clearing fallen logs and clearing the trail. We went past the 3.7mi turn around point because the effects of the forest fire had decreased, the pines were green again, and the narrowing canyon was beautiful. Wear shoes that can get wet and bring hiking poles, especially as you climb and will be on loose terrain after 3.7 miles.

7 days ago

Trail is currently open, as of Oct. 9, 2018. Boise Forestry Service representative warns that two bridges sustained fire damage and to proceed with caution. An outdoor club member hiked this trail a couple of weeks ago and it's doable. This trail is a favorite of many hikers.

This is more of a drive, as it was on a dirt road and would actually be best for a 4 wheeler or something. Beautiful views but not for hiking. There were also no sign posts marking any trail heads or anything just an area information sign.

I wouldn’t rate this trail “hard”, at least for hiking. Beautiful overlooks, but it’s a service road, so wide and zero technicality.

2 months ago

Trail is closed until December 2018

Great trail for the views. 9.5 miles and 2k elevation change. Only 4 hikers that I saw and 3 ATVs. Take plenty of water. This is a Forest Service road up to the summit

This was nicer than I expected. While it is an actual dirt road rather than a single trail, the vistas were spectacular. I headed off at 9am on a hot Sunday and only started coming across others on my way down. The whole thing took three hours and that included a side excursion at the top. . Think it would be too hot to head out after noon on days with high temps. It is a steep uphill but enough breaks to make it okay. An excellent break on the drive from Boise up to Stanley or beyond. Note: there were a few ATVs and dirt bikes but all were v polite road users and overall there wasn’t a constant flow. I felt I had the world to myself for most of the time.

Hiked this yesterday (7/21/18). Tough at first. Good incline to get one ready for a large mountain hike. Took about 3 hours to summit. Lots of shade and trees. Beautiful views along the way and absolutely gorgeous views at the summit! I will hike this one again!

Hiked this trail back in 2015 before it was on All Trails. It was a great hike in. The trail had just a few challenging spots, but was still fun and full of surprises. Ran into a bear and a group of boy scouts. Too bad it's closed due to the fires that came through.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Beautiful and easy trail, but currently closed due to fire damage. NFS says until 12/31/18 minimum. Two bridges were destroyed.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

the trail was great. it has since been burned to the ground and us pretty much unusable at this point.

Monday, July 17, 2017

I took this trail last year and also took beaver creek tail-it's absolutely beautiful. Most of it runs along a river/creek. A ton of flowers and wildlife, a lot of shade and plenty of places to stop/rest/eat

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great day hike! Snow is gone from the top, too. Nice views.

Monday, July 03, 2017

The trail is an easy hike along the river with places to stop and take a break if traveling with young children.
The trail is currently closed due the fire from last summer.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

The trail suffered a lot of damage from the 2016 fire. It's currently closed.

scenic driving
Sunday, July 02, 2017

A beautiful Sunday drive, twisting and turning through the Boise National Forest from Boise to Lowman. The highway offers many side roads which lead to various camp or hunting grounds.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

easy trail with a cool bridge and river views!

mountain biking
Monday, June 19, 2017

This was one of the hardest bike trails I have ever done, not because it is incredibly technical, but because the ascent is so steep. I would not advise inexperienced cyclists to try this trail simply because they may not enjoy it much. Coming down was a good time. I ended up ditching my bike for the last portion of the trail due to not wanting to hit/have to avoid the snow patches in the dark. Great scenery and would encourage hiking and camping in the area.

This was a great day hike. The trail was not terribly steep for the most part. Good FS road. The last 1/4 mile or so was still under several feet of snow, but it was not difficult to traverse, just slowed me down! Lots of signs of deer, elk, grouse. I saw bluebirds, woodpeckers, tanagers, goldfinches, raptors, ground squirrels. There is a "bonus" trail at the summit (Hungarian Ridge Trail) if you are still wanting more!

Wow, that's a big hill climb! Made it to the summit 06/11/17. Last mile-ish was snow packed but walkable with poles. So grateful to have made a reservation at the hot springs post- hike. Beautiful snow-capped vistas.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

easy access at Mores Creek Summit parking turnout

mostly dual track forest service road, great views, wild flowers, with manned lookout

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Beautiful drive along Hwy 21. Idaho City and the surrounding area are great areas to recreate and explore, and the drive ends in beautiful Stanley, ID. This is some of the best Idaho has to offer, and it's right in Boise's backyard.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Sunday, August 16, 2015