Military Reserve - Trail Running

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Summary

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.”

Written by

Teresa Bruffey

Distance

0.1 miles

Varies, depending on which trail you take.

Destination Distance From Downtown

1.3 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

Varies, depending on which trail you take.

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Yes, most trails are off-leash. Trailheads require leashes. Check the map for trail sections that require leashes.

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Military Reserve Park is just south of popular Camel’s Back Park and though the two parks offer similar terrain and there are connecting trails between them, Military is often less “trafficked” by bikers, hikers, runners and their companion pups. Its not to say these trails aren’t well used, but if you are looking for a little more space, Military might be the perfect spot.

What Makes It Great

The terrain of this Boise Foothills park begins rolling and gently climbs, but gets steeper the further into the park you go. Like Camel’s Back, the extensive trail system – part of Ridges to Rivers - allows endless combinations of different trails to create a loop or out-and-back run to fit your goals each day you get out.

A moderately challenging loop begins from the Cottonwood Creek Trailhead. Warm up along the Mountain Cove trail that ever-so-gently climbs through open sage land and a small aspen grove on the way to meet Three Bears Trail. Three Bears brings the challenge, climbing quickly and steeply up to the top of the ridge. Follows the rolling ridge for about ½ mile before turning right at the “Y” intersection towards Shane’s Trail. Head down Shane’s after the second right, and connect with the Central Ridge Trail. Beautiful panorama views of the city and surrounding valley across to the Owyhee Mountains in the west are a phenomenal reward. So is the gentle rolling down slope from this point to the end! In the springtime, the rolling hills all around will be covered in bright yellow Arrowleaf Balsamroot, a gorgeous and welcome explosion of color after the winter.

With little vegetation that grows taller than sagebrush and weather patterns that result in mostly clear skies, this area is a fantastic spot for a full-moon run. Take a buddy and a headlamp, just in case.

Who is Going to Love It

Military is often less “trafficked” by bikers, hikers, runners and their companion pups. Its not to say these trails aren’t well used, but if you are looking for a little more space, Military might be the perfect spot.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

A note on canine companions: Cottonwood Creek often has water as does the small creek crossing near the trailhead.

Location

Military Reserve Trail Running

Military Reserve Park
Boise, ID, 83702
43.613771, -116.188561

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