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Shane's Loop from Freestone Creek

A scenic workout in Boise's Military Reserve park.

Trail Running Moderate

9.6 km
247 m
247 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
871 m
High Point
1.1 km
Shane's Loop from Freestone Creek Map

Military Reserve is a trail network near Downtown Boise, used by locals for all kinds of outdoor activities. This loop is just one combination on the network of trails, but it makes a particularly good run. Keep in mind that trails are also shared with bikers, walkers, and possibly equestrians.


As mapped, the route begins from Freestone Creek trailhead. For a gentle warm-up, begin on the Mountain Cove trail, which goes barely uphill. You could begin in the opposite direction instead, but it goes sharply uphill right away. Mountain Cove soon connects with Ridge Crest and then Bucktail, which rises a bit more steeply and quickly reaches satisfying views over the city.

Shane's and Three Bears trails together make the upper loop, which traces a panoramic ridgetop and flows along grassy hillsides. This upper section is the best part of the route. The descent on Central Ridge is fast and fun, with constant views of the city below. Near the bottom, watch for the correct trail junction to drop back down to the trailhead.



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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