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There was lots of puddles and snow.

There are a few trails you can take while you are there. The scenery is extremely lovely.

Great hiking trail through the woods with streams and lots of snow at about a mile in right now. Didn't use microspikes or snowshoes as the snow was wet and packed down most of the way up. Last mile had us post-holing a bit up to our knees in areas. Great views.

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6 days ago

good little hike. Breathtaking views.

There is no real hiking path. Also, I would rate the hiking here at moderate not easy.

Great to do with kids on a cloudy day. If it’s too sunny I could see how it would be too much for sun exposure and get sunburned. It’s a good pleasure hike with a nice view :)

8 days ago

Backpacked/snowshoed on 3/14/18. Trail was easy to follow even with a few feet of snow on it. Easy hike in, bridge was covered up to the railing with snow. The snow-capped boulders in free creek were beautiful. Falls are a 1/4 mile to the left after the bridge. Once there, pretty much slid down to the bottom. The climb back up was sapping, resulting in a pretty exhausting hike back to the trailhead. The hike is basically downhill on the way in and uphill on the way out. Really nice hike though.


10 days ago

It's a heavily traveled trail and a great one to start on. We usually hit this one in June each year for an overnight experience and the fishing in the upper lake is usually pretty good! Keep an eye out for moose and deer!

Great 3 mile loop, well maintained, and beautiful views! the parking lot was packed and overfull and that made me a little nervous the trail would be packed. It was busy, but not so busy the trail was crowded or people were stepping on eachother. Good little afternoon hike!

12 days ago

Nice short hike up the hill. I’d do it again, as just a fun date.

Pulled in the Beauty Creek campground area and crossed a shallow creek to start the trail. Highly recommend wearing yaktracks or stabilicers right now. Nice hike in the trees but was expecting more views. Would rate this hike as moderate, not hard.

We figured (3 of is) that it is closer to a 7 me round trip, but absolutely beautiful and worth the hike!

24 days ago

Great weekend backpacking destination.

1 month 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.

I wouldn't call it a hike so much as a leg stretcher. Gravel dirt path meandering to the table. The view was pretty great, and the kids enjoyed clambering amongst the rocks, which is great if you don't mind the dangers of horrendous amount of shattered glass littering the whole underside of the table. In the end, we walked away with some decent photos.

It’s a good ol’ hike in the trees, not much for views along the way though.

It’s a fairly moderate hike that has a nice view and a few little surprises along the way

It’s a nice walk if that’s what you’re looking for

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

1 month ago

What a nice little trail! tons of lookout areas and several beach spots where you can take a dip. I have been down this trail many times and over the years it has become increasingly busy, but I can see why. This is a great close by hike!

1 month ago

A little muddy today, 2/11/18 but still beautiful! Will definitely go back.

Nice quick trek. perfect if you have about 2hrs

It’s an easy to moderate trail with beautiful views of the treasure valley and bogus basin!

Great snowshoe trail mainly through the woods.

Beautiful scenery, within walking distance of our Airbnb. Perfect hike for a beginner from Louisiana!

**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.

1 month ago

it was a gorgeous hike and had a great trail, although I was slightly disappointed to realize once you get to the lake, you have to take the same trail back up

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