Trail running in Boise means ample options in the foothills just outside the city. Trails behind Camel’s Back Park, up Military Reserve, or up to Table Rock all offer easy access to more remote trailheads and miles of running with vistas of the city, all of which are ideal for late winter and spring running.
As the weather warms and the snow melts, runners can venture higher up, picking trails off Bogus Basin Road and inching toward Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. It can be 90 degrees in Boise in July, but trails near the ski area offer running in the high 70s.
The Oregon Trail Reserve near the Surprise Valley subdivision offers an open desert running experience along basalt cliffs with views of Boise’s skyline in the background. The Oregon Trail continues southeast when it leaves the subdivision and heads out along the canyon rim overlooking the Boise River. Runners will see occasional ruts from the old pioneer trail heading toward Bonneville Point more than 4 miles away.
Groups: Boise Y-Striders
Races/Events: YMCA Boise Front Trail Run
Retailers: Shu’s Idaho Running Co.