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Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau

Key Info

3188 Sunset Peak Rd.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Free, Hiking, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Boise Foothills, always an ever-present and gorgeous backdrop to the city, offers more than an opportunity for a pretty picture. You can head out for an hour, or even a day, of adventure on the Ridge to Rivers system, an interconnected network of roads and trails running through the foothills. The190-mile trail system links neighborhoods with public lands with an almost unlimited amount of options for hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers. Landscapes run the gamut from grasslands to scrub slopes to tree-lined creeks leading to the Boise National Forest.

Both locals and visitors rave about the accessibility and the variety of trails. Reviewers were pleased with the well-marked trails and said it's easy to pick up a paper map from most stores around town. The website also details trails well-suited for families, mountain bike loops, trails for visitors with limited mobility, equestrian paths and trails for visitors with dogs.

The most convenient access from the city is via Cottonwood Creek Trailhead, east of the Idaho State Capitol Building. You can easily rent a bike from a number of places in town. For more information, maps and tips, visit the Ridge to Rivers website.

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Travelers commonly described the area as relaxing and peaceful and enjoyed their experience walking their dogs or riding their bikes on the trail. Other travelers appreciated that the Boise Greenbelt isn't very crowded, but it still feels safe with lights illuminating the trail in most places.

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