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Eagle Ridge Overlooks

Hike uphill to nice views from both sides of a ridge near downtown Boise.

Hiking Moderate

2 km
50 m
50 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
848 m
High Point
893 m
Eagle Ridge Overlooks Map

This is one of a few loop variations you can do on Eagle Ridge, which is part of the Military Reserve trail system. This loop finds nice views from a few different overlooks on two sides of the ridge: On one side is the wooded gulch of Cottonwood creek, and on the other is downtown Boise, with a picturesque perch on a rocky outcrop.


Start from the Cottonwood Creek trailhead and walk through the woods to reach a steep staircase on the hillside. At the top of the stairs, you'll join an old paved road, which twists farther up the hill to a junction with more dirt trails. A left turn here will take you to a little picnic pavilion overlooking the creek and the foothills. A right turn leads to the outcrop above the city. Go to either one first, then keep walking around the top of the ridge to see the other and complete the loop.

These trails can be good at any time of year, but are best avoided when they might be icy or muddy because of the steepness. It's also not the best place on a hot day because the ridge gets full sun and offers no shade.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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