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Ridge Crest and Central Ridge Loop

A loop with some elevation gain and varied scenery, using Ridge Crest and Central Ridge trails

Hiking Moderate

3.9 km
114 m
114 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
851 m
High Point
964 m
Ridge Crest and Central Ridge Loop Map

This is one possible loop with the many trails in Military Reserve, which is the trail system closest to downtown Boise. This particular loop makes an excellent walk or jog with some elevation gain, though it does have steep parts that will likely slow you down. You'll find excellent views over downtown across the foothills. In spring and early summer the wildflower displays make it even better.


In winter these trails are often muddy, and any time of year you should take care after recent rain. Muddy trails are easily damaged, so please wait for them to dry out before using.



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
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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