Boise National Forest

Trails in Boise Nat'l Forest

Antelope Trail

The trail passes through conifer forests, high meadows and open areas. There are panoramic views of West Mountain and the Squaw Creek drainage. Flora and fauna are abundant in the area. Wildflowers can be seen throughout most of the year. Elk, deer and bear are common. The trail is ...

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Bear River Trail

Currently, there are sections of this trail that are hard to find, so be sure to have the topography maps, a compass, and the skill to use them. There are also sections which are narrow along steep hillsides. Except for a steep section in the middle of the trail, ...

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Big Creek Summit Trail

This trail is extremely difficult to follow for the first 1.3 miles because of a faint to non-existant trail tread. The next 1.2 miles has a fair trail tread with one 0.2 mile section across an open granite slope without a tread. The last 0.6 miles have a patchy ...

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Burnt Log Trail

The trail passes through lodgepole pine forests, meadows carpeted with wildflowers in the spring, and offers views of the Johnson Creek valley and the mountains to the west. The trail passes through several meadows that are marshy in early spring. Motorized use would be impractical because of large rocks ...

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Campbell Creek Trail

The trail offers views of Cascade, the reservoir and the surrounding mountains to the east. From the trailhead, the first mile and a half of trail is blocked by fallen trees and crosses four Forest Service roads. From the trailhead, the Campbell Creek trail steeply ascends a ridge, then ...

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Caton Lake Trail

The first part of this trail is the upper portion of Ditch Creek Trail. Approximately 0.7 miles from the trailhead, the unsigned 0.3 mile Rainbow Lake Trail splits off to the left. In another 1.8 miles, the trail junctions with the Caton Lake Trail. From the Ditch Creek/Caton Lake ...

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Catpaw Lake Trail

The trail climbs a forested hillside to the edge of beautiful Cat Lake. From here, many other small lakes can be accessed. Backcountry camping in this area is a popular for both backpackers and stock users. Be sure to follow Leave-No-Trace techniques when traveling and camping. Area lakes are ...

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Clear Creek Summit Trail

This popular non-motorized trail provides access to the heart of the Red Mountain recommended wilderness area and many alpine lakes. After leaving the trailhead, the trail follows the old Clear Creek Road for an easy ascent through spruce bottomlands. The trail leaves the creek at a bridge crossing Rough ...

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Crooked River Trail

While the northern end of the trail passes through a narrow valley and parallels Crooked River, the trail's southern end steeply ascends a ridge above the river and its steep canyon walls. When the valley broadens, the trail passes several dispersed campsites at the river's edge. Motorized traffic is ...

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Ditch Creek Trail

The first part of this trail is the upper portion of Ditch Creek Trail. Approximately 0.7 miles from the trailhead, the unsigned 0.3 mile Rainbow Lake Trail splits off to the left. In another 1.8 miles, the trail junctions with the Caton Lake Trail. From the Ditch Creek/Caton Lake ...

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Gabe's Peak Trail

Gabe's Peak Trail and Gabe's Bathtub are named for Gabriel, one of Andrew Little's Basque sheepherders. The trailhead is located in Rammage Meadows. There is a loading ramp and hitching rails provided for horseback users, as well as a large parking lot and several dispersed capsites with space for ...

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Greenfield Flat Trail

non-motorized uses only. Over-snow vehicles may use the trail from Dec. 1 - May 15. The greenfield Flat trail is an old road that begins at the end of National Forest Road 646C (NF-646C). The trail climbs gradually then steepens as it passes through a mature pine forest and ...

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Jennie Lake Trail

The entire trail is suitable for the whole family or elderly folks with a travel time as short as 2 hours for the ambitious hiker. There are no creek crossings, but there are several places where springs cross the trail tread. All of them can be easily stepped over. ...

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Johnson Creek Trail

The trail parallels Johnson Creek, passes through broad valleys carpeted with wildflowers and accesses a wilderness trail. Only a few blazes mark the trail's direction across a broad marsh. Several of the streams have to be forded while others can be crossed using deteriorating log bridges. Horse or trail ...

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Lightning Ridge Trail (Emmett)

As the trail ascends Lightning Ridge, it provides views of Scott Mountain, Onion Valley, Garden Valley, Crouch, and the surrounding mountains and valleys. Short stretches of the trail are steep, rocky, and boggy. In August 1986, the Lightning Creek drainage and the last few miles of trail near the ...

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