The Beautiful and Rugged Trails of Boise
Boise hosts a spectacular selection of trail systems. We are surrounded by nature reserves, state parks, and national forests, offering adventurers the chance to explore the beautiful and rugged scenery by foot or bike.
Trails such as Military Reserve, Camelsback, Dry Creek, Bogus Basin, and Table Rock have become more than just surrounding land - they are our identity. Military Reserve and Camelsback may be the most popular, but Dry Creek offers much in the way of trailside creeks. Table Rock is known for some of the more challenging runs and for those adventerous mountain bikers there's always Bogus Basin.
Exploring the area by bike is a fun and challenging experience for all fitness levels. In the Dry Creek region, the Shingle Creek/Dry Creek loop is 13.5 miles of pines, sagebrush, creek crossings, and rocky outcroppings, ascending 2,300 feet. An easier, more leisurely option in the Camelsback system is the Sidewinder to Freestone ride, a 10 mile, 1,300 foot elevation trail beginning and ending near downtown. This path takes you through the foothills, offering amazing views of the valley below. Part of the Military Reserve system, the Ridgecrest to Bucktail path is an even easier ride at just 6 miles and only 550 feet of climbing. It is a perfect path for those new to the sport, an easy climb both up and down and mostly free of obstacles and risky hillsides. For those up for a riskier, more difficult ride, the Table Rock path in the Table Rock region offers an adventure into rocky outcroppings, clay grounding, and boulders, with potentially dangerous descents requiring expertise and experience in the sport.
The Table Rock to Table Rock Quarry running trail is close to the city and offers 3.2 miles of scenic overlooks, cliffs, boulders, and steep climbing. An easier run for beginners is the Castle Rock loop at just 2 miles, also found in the Table Rock region. This path brings you to an overlook and offers rock scaling along the way. If you're up for a longer, more challenging trip, the Stack Rock run in the Bogus Basin region is your best bet. This hike traverses mostly flat land to Stack Rock, a granite outcropping offering views of Treasure Valley and Horseshoe Bend.
These trails offer sport and adventure and also the chance to witness some of southwestern Idaho's beautiful flora and fauna. The landscape plays hosts to a diversity of natural features, including canyons, lakes, rivers, sagebrush deserts, and pine forests, as well as an amazing variety of wildlife, like deer, elk, hawks, and snakes.
Before setting out on your journey on the trails of Boise, be sure to check out our 8 recreation safety tips and our outdoor adventure guide!