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Rim and Basalt Trail Loop

Scenic run along the historic route of the Oregon Trail.

Trail Running Moderate

4.3 km
58 m
58 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
874 m
High Point
916 m
Rim and Basalt Trail Loop Map

The Oregon Trail Reserve is a small, slender park tucked between neighborhoods of Southeast Boise. It preserves part of the historic wagon road, including a ramp that was dynamited through the basalt cliffs.


This loop follows the best of the small network of trails here, providing opportunities to stop at overlooks and read interpretive signs. Rim Trail traces the top of the cliffs, where the overlooks are, then connects with Basalt Trail. Basalt Trail cuts steeply but briefly through the cliffs, utilizing the historic ramp, then runs along the bottom, beside a residential area.



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

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