Starting behind the Old Penitentiary from the trailhead parking lot, start climbing up the trail aiming for the flat top of this in-town mesa. Table Rock, visible from nearly every part of town offers sweeping views of the valley below and is the perfect place to watch the sunset, especially if there's a stormy, tempestuous sky.
What Makes It Great
The climb up Table Rock Loop West Trail eases in a few places as the trail rolls from steep to nearly level. Connect with Table Rock Loop East Trail via the steep Tram Trail. As you near the top, the trade steepens to reach the trail that hugs the base of the short basalt cliffs as you head to the right. Climbers can often be seen sport climbing or bouldering along these cliff bands. The grade eases a bit and the trail passes through some rocky terrain that may need to be walked to avoid missteps.
From the top, enjoy the huge open views of the valley below. As the sun goes down, the twinkle of lights from town begin to glow. At the top of the mesa, hook up with Table Rock Quarry Trail and begin the descent back down meeting again with Table Rock Trail and then to the parking lot.
Who is Going to Love It
The route up to Boise's iconic Table Rocks is perfect for trail runners and hikers who are looking for a challenging climb.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Most people access the trails from the Old Idaho Penitentiary parking lot. There is a kiosk and signs for the different trails.