Boise National Forest

Trails in Boise Nat'l Forest

Lightning Ridge Trail (Lowman)

This trail description covers the portion of Lightning Ridge Trail on the Lowman Ranger District. The trail begins by traversing a ridge and crossing Daisy Creek. It then begins a one-mile climb leveling out while it follows a gentle valley. At a large open marshy area, the trail begins ...

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Lost Lake Trail

The Lost Lake Trail provides non-motorized access to a scenic lake with the Red Mountain Recommended Wilderness as a backdrop. The trail receives little use due to its remote location. After leaving the undeveloped trailhead, the trail follows the remnants of an old jeep road for approximately .25 mile ...

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Lower Ditch Creek Trail

This is a short trail which would make a nice day hike. The first portion of this trail is steep, but it soon levels out and follows the creek. There is a nice waterfall shortly after a difficult creek crossing. From its lower head on FS road 413, the ...

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Monumental Trail

This trail leaves the Bull Creek Trail just after its junction with the Silver Creek Summit Trail. The trail is not well maintained and is difficult to locate. It heads north from the Bull Creek Trail to the ridge between Bull Creek and Sixteen-to-One Creek, then down to National ...

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North Fork Boise River Trail

As it parallels the North Fork of the Boise River, the trail passes through forests, meadows and a deep narrow canyon lined with jagged granite walls. The river provides opportunities for swimming and fishing. Although the trail remains on the north side of the river for its entire length, ...

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Poison Creek Trail

This trail provides access to Greenfield Flats, one of the most unique spots on the Emmett Ranger District. Greenfield Flats is a high mountain meadow that is covered with wildflowers in late June and July. The trail terminates on West Mountain, where it joins the Wilson Creek Trail. Wonderful ...

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Porter Creek Trail

The Porter Creek Trail climbs steeply past the old Deadwood Mine site and into the headwaters of Porter Creek. After 3 miles, it reaches a saddle just south of Pilgrim Mountain and enters the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Then, the trail begins a more gradual descent ...

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Rainbow 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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Red Mountain Trail

The Red Mountain Trail, as well as the Clear Creek Trail, provides a way to the top of Red Mountain which presents a panoramic view of the Lowman Ranger District and outlying mountain ranges. To get to the trail beginning, start on the Clear Creek Trail and climb a ...

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Renwyck Creek Trail

The trail travels through dense stands of grand fir on the west side of Renwyck Creek. After it crosses the creek, it starts a series of switchbacks as it ascends through several Englemann spruce bogs to the ridge between the North Fork of the Payette River and Squaw Creek. ...

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Sagehen Nature Trail

Sagehen Nature Trail is located near the Sagehen Reservoir Complex. It provides a short loop hike just northeast of Sagehen Reservoir and is a great diversion from a day on the water. The trail takes you along Sagehen Creek and up through some boulders before dropping back to the ...

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Sagehen Reservoir Trail

Sagehen Reservoir Trail follows the edge of the scenic Sagehen Reservoir, completely circling the reservoir and providing access to several campgrounds and picnic areas located nearby. The trail offers opportunities for fishing and hiking away from the developed sites. It doesn't take long to get away from the crowds ...

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Scott Mountain Trail

This trail travels south on the ridge between the East Fork of Anderson Creek and the Middle Fork of Big Pine Creek. It quickly hits the main ridge, which was origionally a stock driveway then later became a fireline for the Anderson Creek Fire. As the trail follows the ...

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South Fork Gold Fork Trail

The trail is evident at both ends, but not in the middle. If you plan to use this trail, be sure you have the Gold Fork Rock and Sloans Point topography maps, a compass, and the skill to use them. This route offers lush, high meadow scenery but lacks ...

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Station Creek Trail

This trail is a very accessible day hike only a few minutes off of the Banks-Lowman Highway. It provides the user with views of the South Fork of the Payette River and the hills south of the river. The trail is in big game winter range habitat, so late ...

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