September 19, 2018
Hiking can be one of the world's most rewarding pastimes. It's great exercise, it's outdoors, and you never know what you might see on the trail. Being connected to nature is something all of us could use a little more of these days. The fresh air alone is reason enough, but there is also a more profound, more soulful attraction to hiking. A rejuvenating feeling as the sun and nature cleanse away the complexity of a digital world.
Boise, Idaho is a prime location for serious and casual hikers alike. There are mountain vistas, vast open terrains, and serene rivers to delight the senses. The sunsets are simply spectacular from Table Rock, and you just might catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife if you are lucky. So, dust off your boots, pack a lunch and grab your backpack. Let's go hiking in Boise.
If there is an iconic landmark in Boise, it would be Table Rock. From this famous plateau, you can see nearly all of Boise. The site is best reached by starting at the Old Penitentiary or "Old Pen." However, several other trails lead up to the rock if you want to try them all. The path is only 3 miles from downtown Boise, and you can use the iconic glowing cross, a local landmark in the city's southeast area. If you are looking for local fauna, deer frequent this trail, especially in very early or late hours of the day. Lizards, snakes, hawks, and eagles are also familiar sights on the path.
Seen from the flat of Table Rock to the east, there are rolling foothills with miles of biking trails. Hikers can take an alternate route down from the top to see the caves from the northern side. Sadly, the caves have been mostly covered in graffiti and carvings left by visitors.
Bogus Basin Recreation Area Located 16 miles north-northeast of Boise is Bogus Basin Recreation Area. Likely named from the days of goldrush and the characters that lived in that era, it is now a popular ski and recreation facility that is maintained and operated by the Bogus Basin Recreation Association, a non-profit organization, on private and leased land in the Boise National Forest. There is much more than hiking to do here. Apart from skiing, there is horseback riding, mountain biking, a climbing wall, and even a mountain coaster that is one-of-a-kind in the state of Idaho.
For hikers, they can enjoy the cooler mountain temperatures while exploring dozens of lush trails. The mountain air alone is going to ensure a good night’s sleep at the end of the day. This is a fantastic spot to take the family for the day and have a blast enjoying the trails and many other great amenities year-round. Whether you are new to hiking or an expert explorer, you will love what the great city of Boise has to offer. If you're from out of town but want to feel at home, book your stay at the iconic Hotel 43.