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Table Rock is a frontrunner for Boise's most popular hike.
It begins close to downtown and climbs to a cliff-top view over the city.
Most people go to the overlook and back the same way, but this loop adds a lot more scenery with a little extra distance.
On the loop you'll circle the top of the mesa, see an old quarry, and admire Table Rock's cliffs from both above and below. The Table Rock Trail is quite steep, and can be slippery in places.
It's important to only go when the ground is dry–not after rain or while snow is melting–for safety and because the trails are easily damaged when muddy.
The steepest parts are near the beginning, so if you can push through the first half mile you can definitely make it the rest of the way.
Views are fantastic all along, but reaching the top is definitely worth it. To complete the loop as mapped, you'll follow the wide trail to the upper parking area, then start The Table Rock Quarry Trail.
This trail loops around the old quarry and the far side of the mesa, then makes a panoramic traverse beneath the cliffs to rejoin the main trail.