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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 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 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 rise a bit more steeply and quickly reach 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 to the city below.
Near the bottom, watch for the correct trail junction to drop back down to the trailhead.