Guidebook

Best of Boise: Summits Over the City

Take on these summit hikes among the hills and mountains near Boise.

Jesse Weber

Description

Idaho’s capital city is set against a backdrop of mountains, where the flatlands of the south rise dramatically to the jumbled ranges of the north. Though the state’s tallest peaks are far from Boise, the local topography still holds some impressive relief. Any steep hike near Boise comes with incredible views, thanks to wide-open sagebrush prairie at the lower elevations. The uppermost summits are typically shrouded in pines, but rock outcrops and mountain meadows can always reveal the panorama.

From hilltop strolls to staggering climbs, these mountains offer all kinds of ascents. Whether you want a casual hike to an overlook or a big elevation gain for training, you can find it within easy reach of the city. The map shows some of the best summit hikes in the area, from easy to difficult. Use this guide to start your own ticklist of Boise area summits!

Shafer Butte from Simplot Lodge
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Shafer Butte from Simplot Lodge

3 - 4 hrs
12.3 km
461 m
461 m
A scenic hike through Bogus Basin to the highest point along the Boise Ridge.
Moderate
Private
Mores Mountain Interpretive Trail
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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
Cervidae Peak
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Cervidae Peak

2 - 3 hrs
7.2 km
588 m
588 m
A very steep hike near Boise with incredible views, great for early season peakbagging and mountaineering training.
Difficult
Private
Kepros Mountain
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Kepros Mountain

4 - 5 hrs
15.1 km
608 m
608 m
A stunning ridgewalk close to Boise, featuring views over the city, reservoirs on the river, and endless mountains on the horizons.
Difficult
Private
Stack Rock Trail
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Stack Rock Trail

3 - 4 hrs
13.1 km
325 m
325 m
A hike through mountainside meadows and conifer forest high above Boise, overlooking the valley and reaching a stand-out rock formation at the end.
Moderate
Private
Lucky Peak via Homestead and Lucky Peak Road
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Lucky Peak via Homestead and Lucky Peak Road

19.2 km
968 m
968 m
Stout run or long hike to the top of a Boise local mountain.
Difficult
Private
Three Point Mountain
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Three Point Mountain

0 - 1 hrs
2.6 km
222 m
222 m
A short summit hike on a prominent mountain east of Boise.
Moderate
Private
Guffey Butte
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Guffey Butte

1 - 2 hrs
5.0 km
318 m
318 m
Steep hike from Celebration Park that leaves the crowds behind and finds a unique view over rural Idaho.
Moderate
Private