Guidebook

Best of Boise: Top 10 Hikes for the Family

Ideal trails for the whole family to enjoy near the city.

Jesse Weber

Description

Boise is blessed with an abundance of trails at the edge of the city, where dirt paths lead into the prairie hills above. Some of these are casual strolls, while others are quite steep and rugged. You don’t have to walk far to find incredible views over the town and a surprising diversity of nature, but long hikes are possible too. The variety means there is something for all ages and every ability. Dogs are always welcome, with some trails requiring leashes and others not, as signs at the trailhead will note.

To help find the very best hikes for your family, we’ve compiled this guidebook of our favorites. They all reach exceptional scenery with just the right amount of effort, ranging from easy to moderately challenging, and most have tougher extensions you could choose to take. No matter if you just arrived in Boise or you’ve lived here for years, this pick of trails should hold something new for your family to explore.

Quarry Trail and Eagle Rock Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Quarry Trail and Eagle Rock Loop

0 - 1 hrs
3.0 km
111 m
111 m
Quick hike in the foothills near downtown, with striking geology and sweeping views of the city.
Moderate
Private
Table Rock Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Table Rock Loop

1 - 2 hrs
6.2 km
275 m
275 m
Boise's #1 hike, plus bonus scenery by making the loop.
Difficult
Private
Eagle Ridge Overlooks
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Eagle Ridge Overlooks

0 - 1 hrs
2.0 km
50 m
50 m
Hike uphill to nice views from both sides of a ridge near downtown Boise.
Moderate
Private
Camel's Back East Side Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Camel's Back East Side Loop

0 - 1 hrs
2.3 km
69 m
70 m
Scenic loop with steep hills and shady forest in the North End of Boise.
Moderate
Private
The Grove and Chickadee Ridge
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

The Grove and Chickadee Ridge

0 - 1 hrs
2.2 km
46 m
47 m
A short loop with a lot of variety, and different sights for every season.
Easy
Private
Red Cliffs and Kestrel Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Red Cliffs and Kestrel Loop

1 - 2 hrs
5.0 km
143 m
143 m
A short and scenic loop with views over the city and some colorful geology.
Easy
Private
Harrison Hollow and Kemper's Ridge
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Harrison Hollow and Kemper's Ridge

0 - 1 hrs
3.3 km
121 m
121 m
A scenic jaunt close to downtown, in a network of many popular trails.
Moderate
Private
Wild Phlox and Seamans Gulch Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Wild Phlox and Seamans Gulch Loop

0 - 1 hrs
3.5 km
68 m
68 m
A short and hilly trail loop with excellent views.
Easy
Private
Oregon Trail Reserve: Rim Trail Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Oregon Trail Reserve: Rim Trail Loop

0 - 1 hrs
3.0 km
22 m
22 m
Educational walk along the actual path of the Oregon Trail in Boise.
Easy
Private
Mores Mountain Interpretive Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Mores Mountain Interpretive Trail

0 - 1 hrs
3.4 km
172 m
172 m
A pleasant loop in the forest reaching the top of Mores Mountain, high above the heat in Boise
Moderate
Private