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Day Trippin

Hiking Adventures Near Meridian

Article by Chelsea Chambers

Photography by Charles Knowles + Provided

Originally published in Meridian Lifestyle

You can feel it in the air—spring is returning to Idaho! That means sunny days, buds on the trees, birds in the sky, and boots on the ground. Yes, it’s time to rouse from our winter slumbers, clean off those hiking boots, and the hit the trails.

Check out these great hikes all within a few hours of Meridian.

Dedication Point Overlook

This three-mile loop trail near Melba boasts stunning views of the breathtaking Snake River Canyon. This canyon, a refuge for all kinds of wildlife—including sagebrush lizards, ground squirrels, jackrabbits, and cliff swallows— drops down more than 400 feet, tumbling into the Snake River, Idaho’s longest.

Glenn’s Ferry - Three Island Crossing State Park

Just over an hour outside of Boise is Three Island Crossing State Park, a green oasis nestled next to one of the most dangerous river crossings along the historic Oregon Trail. Dive into history and nature on the miles of trails surrounding the park. The Three Island Crossing loop is 2.2 miles long and perfect for all activity-levels. Grab your picnic basket and head to Glenn’s Ferry.

Ritter Island

Located outside Hagerman is a sanctuary of waterfalls and trails that wrap around Ritter Island, a once prosperous cattle farm. The trail begins under the towering Lemmon Falls and follows about 1.8 miles through wildlife trails and sharp canyon walls. It’s also a great spot for spring bird watching.  An easy walk for all skill levels.

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 adventure. 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’re in the canyon itself.

Jump Creek Falls Trail

Just outside Marsing, the Jump Creek Falls Trail is just under a mile, out and back, but there are miles and miles of other trails located nearby. This particular trail leads to the famed Jump Creek Falls, which is quite the sight and the perfect spot for an afternoon lunch.  This is a favorite year-round dog-friendly location.

Lucky Peak Loop

For those looking for a workout with time to spare, the Lucky Peak Loop Trail is 13.6 miles with an impressive 3,000-foot elevation gain.  This is the perfect hike before the heat of the summer, as there is minimal shade. For a warm spring afternoon, the Lucky Peak Loop is pristine.

Please note: As the earth begins to thaw, trails are often left muddy. Please avoid walking on muddy trails!

  • Box Canyon
  • Dedication Point & Snake River Canyon
  • Glenn’s Ferry
  • Jump Creek Falls
  • Lucky Peak Loop
  • There are dog friendly trails throughout Idaho, and some even allow your dogs to run free off leash
  • Hiking poles and good boots provide traction and support for hikers
  • Snake River, the greatest concentration of nesting birds of prey in North America