Trail Running in Boise, ID
About Boise Trail Running
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.
Run from the Old Pen up Table Rock for a high intensity climbing run that ends at an iconic flat-top hill.
Rolling hills, many different combinations of connected trails and less traffic make this section of the Ridges to Rivers system a great area for getting into “the zone.”
The Five Mile Gulch Trail allows you to run through a tree-covered, shady gulch along quiet foothills, all while gaining access to a ridge with wide sweeping views.
Escape to cooler temperatures and enjoy valley-wide views, as you run along the mountain trails of Bogus Basin.
Rolling hills, shaded flats, and a couple steep climbs make this a diverse, interesting run throughout some of the prettiest and most easily accessible trails near Boise.
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