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Polecat Quick Draw Loop

A shorter version of a trail loop through Polecat Gulch

Hiking Moderate

5.1 km
168 m
168 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
917 m
High Point
1.1 km
Polecat Quick Draw Loop Map

Polecat Gulch is a popular trailhead in the Boise Foothills with a few different loop options. The one shown here is the short version, but it still covers three miles and a significant hill climb. On this hike you'll go gradually up the valley of Polecat Gulch, then up a steeper section to gain a panoramic ridgeline. Winding along the ridge leads eventually to a quick descent, where the trail cuts across steep slopes to deliver you back into the gulch.


If you want the longer version, simply stay on Polecat Loop trail instead of making the shortcut with Quick Draw and Doe Ridge. And as always in the Boise Foothills, stay off muddy trails in order to avoid damage. The trails at Polecat Gulch tend to dry slower than some others, so give them ample time following rain or snow.

Note: As of 2021, all users are required to travel counter-clockwise on this loop (may not apply in the winter).

Source: https://www.ridgetorivers.org/



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

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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