No matter what your age or ability, hiking is a great way to exercise and explore the outdoors. Boise offers access to countless hiking opportunities. The following is a list of opportunities:
The Boise Greenbelt
The Greenbelt is a 25-mile paved path running along-side the Boise River. The tree-lined pathway follows the river through the heart of the city and provides scenic views, wildlife habitat and pedestrian access to many of the city’s popular riverside parks.
- Four season access
- Access points throughout the city
- If you don’t want to hike, there are opportunities throughout the city to rent bikes. Boise Green Bike has locations throughout the city and near The Greenbelt. Best of all, rentals are made via an app, so you can get a bike anytime you need one.
- Parking is available next to the path, making this trail accessible to all.
The Boise Foothills
With over 190 miles of trails in the Ridge to Rivers system in the Boise foothills, hiking options are limitless. Some trails are close to town, in fact, I used to hike the trails during my lunch hour when I worked down town, and some of them require a drive to get to. Most trails offer year-round access.
The Ridges to Rivers organization is the best resource for information about the trail system. On the organization’s website, you can find:
- Trail Conditions
- Trail Etiquette
- Family Friendly Hikes
- Detailed descriptions of the hike and much more
While hiking in the foothills, you can connect with nature, see wildlife and wildflowers. I love hiking, it makes me feel alive. One of the best parts of living in Idaho is the easy access to the outdoors.