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Homestead Trail

A steep hike through prime wildlife habitat, and with exceptional wildflowers in spring.

Hiking Moderate

7 km
289 m
289 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
867 m
High Point
1.2 km
Homestead Trail Map

This trail is a stiff workout with wonderful views over East Boise, in an area that holds a lot of history and is now a wildlife refuge. As you look for mule deer and birds of prey, you may also notice planted rows of trees, or cut terraces in the hillsides. Homesteaders once settled here, and generations of ranching and farming followed. You may find natural springs and snowmelt creeks that sustained them, and which have always been crucial for wildlife. You'll also witness regeneration in the wake of wildfire, including the wildflowers that readily burst from seared soil.


The trail climbs nearly 1000 feet in two miles, on a wide dirt path that's steep but safe. The top of the trail is a junction with Lucky Peak 4WD road, where you may continue walking to explore further, or turn around the way you came.

The hike is best in late April and through May, after trails have dried from the winter, and when many blossoms are at their peak. The summer sun is quite hot on these exposed hillsides, but cool mornings and evenings are still good times to hike, and sunflowers bloom into late summer.



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
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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