Trail Adventures

6 Unique Hikes Near Boise

Article by Chelsea Chambers

Photography by Charles Knowles + Loeb Life Photography + Provided

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle

The chill of winter’s grasp begins to loosen in April.  It’s time to put away those snowshoes and grab your hiking boots to explore Idaho.  The beautiful blossoming springtime is dancing just around the corner and a perfect time to check out these great hiking spots, all less than a few hours from Boise. Day trip anyone?

Cascade, Idaho – Hidden Lake & Lost Lake Trail

Located near the famed Lake Cascade State Park, the Hidden Lake and Lost Lake Trail can be steep at times but is well worth the incredible views. About 3.5 miles out and back, it is the perfect secluded hike to watch wildflowers bloom and birds take to the skies. There are many other trails at the state park as well, so pack the picnic basket for an afternoon road trip.

Boise National Forest - Mores Mountain Loop

A simply stunning 2.1-mile loop trail just up Bogus Basin Road. There is an option for a one-mile extension off the trail—this is highly recommended! Watch for wildlife and downed trees. Often surpassed by the more common Stack Rock Trail, Mores Mountain Loop boasts beautiful sights and fresh mountain air.

Bruneau, Idaho – Sand Dunes Trail

Spring is the best time of year to visit Bruneau Dunes State Park and the loop trails around the dunes. With the tallest single-structure sand dune in the North America (towering at 470 feet), do you dare to ascend to the top? The loop trails are suited for all activity levels, although a fair warning, walking in sand can be laborious and going straight up the dunes can be a challenge.

Box Canyon Springs Preserve

Less than two hours from Boise lies the breathtaking views of Box Canyon Springs Nature Preserve. With sparkling blue, crystal clear water, it is a must-see spot on your day-trip hiking adventures. Hike directly down into the canyon to get a close-up of the glacial water and stunning 20-foot waterfall. The area can be notoriously windy, so be prepared. Wind calms once you’ve gotten into the canyon itself.

McCall, Idaho – Peninsula Trail

Nestled within Ponderosa State Park’s many trails, the Peninsula Trail is a 4 mile out and back trek that leads to the spectacular views of Osprey Point. Open in the winter for Nordic recreation, it is also a perfect springtime day hike. A peaceful and gentle climb winds alongside Payette Lake with beautiful views.  

Adelmann Mine

With so many trails around Boise proper, it’s easy to overlook a few, but the Adelmann Mine Trail is one you shouldn’t miss. At 4.7 miles with a 1,300-foot elevation gain, this trail will get the heart pumping, but perhaps the best part is the historic gold mine located off the trail.

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