Bumblie Trail in City of Rocks, Idaho

Mother Nature’s Outdoor Museum

Discovering the City of Rocks It isn’t difficult to understand the unfettered appeal of the City of Rocks National Reserve. With its weather-chiseled cliffs, multi-storied pinnacles and smooth granite domes, it’s long been a sought-after destination for rock climbers. Amusing names like Incisor, Anteater, Animal Cracker, Transformer, Banana and Broken Arrow allude to the park’s […]

West Mountain Trail

Hiking Into Fall

Three hikes to find autumn colors No bugs. Impressive color. Mild temperatures. Falling leaves. Empty trails. How can you not love the serenity of fall hiking? Most people associate Labor Day with the end of mountain play, but veteran hikers know this is the most spectacular time of the year to enjoy the woods. Depending […]

View of Hard Creek Lake

High-Alpine Beauties Near McCall

Easy hike offers a summer escape About 20 minutes north of Brundage Mountain Resort near McCall is a splendid hike that explores two high-alpine beauties–Hard Creek Lake and Upper Hazard Lake. Although an easy hike, this trek is off the beaten path and offers solitude, great scenery and the opportunity to explore other nearby trails, […]

Snow covered mountains at Bogus Basin, Idaho

Snowshoeing Bogus Basin

Hike the winter away Actor-director Carl Reiner once quipped, “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.” If this resonates with you, perhaps it is time to get out for a snowshoe hike. For a quick outing close to downtown Boise, look no further than this little […]

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail lets hikers experience the seclusion and dramatic vistas of Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island’s Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

The island’s newer road less traveled The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail lets hikers experience the seclusion and dramatic vistas of Vancouver Island.You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to find world-class adventure outside of Idaho – just head north. Our northern neighbor, Canada, is the second-largest country in the world, boasting 7 […]

Table Rock, Hike #8 The Hiker's Guide to Greater Boise

Take a Hike to Table Rock

Boise’s urban hiking challenge One of the first things people notice when looking from downtown Boise to the top of Table Rock is that the peak is close – less than three miles. Other than Camelback Mountain in Phoenix or Twin Peaks in San Francisco, there may not be a better urban hiking experience so […]

Dry Creek, Hike #3 The Hiker's Guide Greater Boise

Hike the Dry Creek

Fall rec spot boasts beautiful vistas Who says the creek drainages in the Boise Foothills are waterless by late fall? Dry Creek defies its name – it really does have water. The path along Dry and Shingle creeks is one of the most scenic trails near downtown Boise. An array of foliage is supported by […]