Along the flanks of Boise Ridge and within the Shafer Butte section of trails, the hike out to Stack Rock, elevation 5,895 feet, offers a lush, shady excursion along soft packed trail to phenomenal Treasure Valley views.
Nearing the terminus of Bogus Basin Road, a wide pullout near mile-marker 13 and the standard other vehicle or two are only signs of this trail. Originally accessible only from the Bogus Basin Ski Area, this relatively new stretch starting from the pullout offers easier access for hikers to get out to Stack Rock.
What Makes It Great
The trail itself is somewhat hidden from view from the road, but will become obvious once you look beyond the cars. Dropping a few steep feet from the parking area, the trail quickly turns to a gentle descent. A refreshingly cool break from the heat of the valley below in summer, the meandering trail rolls down into a pretty forest that pops with bright wildflowers in late spring. For this part of Idaho, the underbrush is dense and resembles wild areas in northern Idaho or near our coastal PNW neighbors. The views out towards the mountains and towards Stack Rock are gorgeous.
While posts are in place, there are few signs to mark which trail is which. After dropping down from the pullout ½ - ¾ of a mile, the trail opens into a wide clearing with a large, blank trail sign – likely to include a map in the near future. Take the well-worn trail to the left.
Far from the city, there is very little sound other than the cheerful calling of birds, wind in the trees and the sounds of fellow hikers or bikers on the rare occasion you share the trail. The trail levels, climbs a bit to where it meets the marked Eastside Trail, then drops again to meet Freddy’s Stack Rock Trail where there is also a sign commemorating the partnership between private citizens and the City of Boise to create this recreation area. Continue around rolling Freddy’s, a 3.5-mile loop, circling Stack Rock and coming to open points with sweeping views of the valley.
A few flat, open spots seem to beckon for a tent and could be used for an overnight if you’re looking to make this a backpacking trip. In addition to hiking, this is a superb mountain biking or trail running loop. Adjoining trails can add on miles. Stack Rock also has some inconsistent cracks that could be climbed if you’re looking for an adventurous, though lower angle route.
Who is Going to Love It
The trail is pretty wide, with enough room for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. It's pretty flat and mild until the last part, which is a bit steep.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Boise, take Bogus Basin Road 13.1 miles to a small parking area on the left. The trail begins from this parking area.