“Diversity” is a word often loosely thrown about when describing landscapes—sometimes it is more true than others. A close inspection of Boise’s topographical crossroads verifies this distinction. Boise sits on the Snake River Plain sandwiched between Idaho’s Rocky Mountains and the high desert stretching to Nevada and southeast Oregon. Within a few hours, you can travel from a snow-capped peak to an arid desert canyon harboring the largest riparian habitat in North America.
The Hiker’s Guide Greater Boise will guide you on 50 hiking routes offering a wide range of destinations and treks. Whether you are searching for green forests, hot springs, tumbling waterfalls, peculiar rock formations, glacial lakes, or wind-swept ridges and mountain peaks, you will find them all here. Some of the most amazing scenery near Boise awaits you. Enjoy the journey.
Free Sample Hikes
Hike #32 Swanholm Peak and Warrior Lakes
The 8,727-foot Swanholm Peak delivers quintessential vistas unmatched anywhere in the area. Fifty-mile views deliver the North Fork of the Boise River, the Trinity Mountains, virtually the entire western face of the Sawtooths and ridge after ridge of lofty peaks in the Boise National Forest. An unmanned fire lookout offers a platform to enjoy the vistas. This route is seldom traveled and seclusion will be your companion, although elk, deer and grouse are common.
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Hike #48 Upper Leslie Gulch
Upper Leslie Gulch canyon leads through a geological medley of spectacular scenery. A 400-hundred foot sheer wall, colored in hues of cinnamon and orange, looms near the signed trailhead.
Within minutes of hiking, colorful rock spires, twisting gulches, precipitous cliffs and dramatic rock formations keep hikers guessing what is around the next bend.
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