Hiking in Boise means that hikers can plan treks according to the seasons, taking advantage of the varied elevations that surround the city. The Boise Foothills provides about 130 miles of trails that provide year-round options; some trails may be frozen in the winter, but others provide a quick relief for cabin fever. If trails muddy up following rains or snow, it’s time to take a hike on the Boise Greenbelt, which offers ample nature watching along the Boise River.
As the spring season progresses, hikers take off for the high desert areas of the Owyhees in both Southwest Idaho and Southeast Oregon. The Owyhee Byway from Grand View, Idaho, to Jordan Valley, OR, provides dozens of hiking opportunities in canyons.
By late May and early June, trails at higher elevations in the Boise National Forest open up. Two hours away, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area offers adventurers 756,000 acres of the most scenic mountain country in Idaho, including more than 700 miles of trails, 40 peaks rising 10,000+ feet, and 300 or more mountain lakes. The hike around Sawtooth Lake is one of the most popular.
Groups: Benchmark Adventures
Retailers: Idaho Mountain TouringBenchmark AdventuresREI