Hiking

With over 190 miles of trail, there is something for everyone. Here we provide ideas and tips about where to go, how to enjoy the Boise Foothills above the North End without hurting them. As you explore, notice the diversity in the land, the plants and the animals, then imagine our community without this unique treasure.

Introducing your family to the wonders of the outdoors is fun and easier than you think. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Start with flat trails that are short and build up to more adventurous outings. Bring water and avoid the snakes and poison ivy by staying on the marked trails. For some trail suggestions click here.

The foothills also have a trails that are wide enough for wheelchair passage, have relatively flat grades, and contain base material that is relatively firm and obstacle free. These are multiple use non-motorized trails, meaning that you could encounter mountain bikes and horses along these trails, as well as other hikers.

Fore more about the Boise Foothills, maps and more, visit the Ridge to Rivers website by clicking here.

For great Idaho hiking, mountain biking, paddling and other adventures and destinations visit Stueby’s Outdoor Journal by clicking here.

Large Groups

The Boise foothills trail system is a wonderful place to hike or run by yourself or with friends. The trails get a tremendous amount of use however, and can become quite congested at times. If you hike with, or are organizing a group hike or run, please consider hiking or running in groups no larger than 10 or 12. If you have a larger number in your group, please consider splitting your group up and either leaving at different times, or using different loops.

Want to join a group? Give the Idaho Hiking Club a look by clicking here.

Trail Etiquette

Please help us keep our singletrack trails from becoming roads by doing the following:

  • Walk or run single file, rather than abreast of each other. Walking or running side by side kills trailside vegetation and turns our trails into roads.
  • When yielding the trail, step toward the side, stop, and wait for the other user to pass. Continuing to run off-trail leads to trail braiding and widening.
  • When other users yield to you, stay on the trail. Don’t walk or run off-trail to get around them.
  • If you use ear phones, consider turning the volume low enough so that you can hear other trail users who are attempting to ask if they can pass you.

You can get involved to help. Learn more at the Ridge to Rivers website by clicking here.

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