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Gems in Boise National Forest - 1

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gem Favorite Boiling hot water gushes up out of the depths of Vulcan Hot Spring

Vulcan Hot Spring

(1) Cascade, ID

Recommended Routes in Boise National Forest - 7

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Favorite Sawtooth Lake.
Difficult

Grand Sawtooth Loop

71.6 mi 115.3 km 13,476' Up 4107.58 m Up 13,476' Down 4107.49 m Down

Idaho City, ID
Favorite Winter views on the first-ish mile
Intermediate/Difficult

Shingle Creek-Mahalo-Dry Creek Loop

20.5 mi 33.0 km 3,530' Up 1075.96 m Up 3,531' Down 1076.13 m Down

Boise, ID
Favorite Spanish Town Site - This is what is left of Spanish Town today.  The rock foundations are still pretty cool.  Makes you wonder how hard life was when people actually lived here.
Easy/Intermediate

Spanish Town Idaho

2.7 mi 4.3 km 405' Up 123.58 m Up 406' Down 123.83 m Down

Idaho City, ID
Favorite Looking over some geothermal activity in the area.
Intermediate

Tyndall Creek Out-and-Back

11.2 mi 17.9 km 1,602' Up 488.32 m Up 1,602' Down 488.34 m Down

Cascade, ID
Favorite Dog friendly!
Intermediate

Truly Around the Mountain Bogus Basin

12.8 mi 20.6 km 2,051' Up 625.28 m Up 2,042' Down 622.39 m Down

Boise, ID
Favorite Bald Mountain Summit looking south.
Intermediate

Station Creek to Bald Mountian

7.6 mi 12.2 km 2,183' Up 665.53 m Up 2,181' Down 664.92 m Down

Idaho City, ID
Favorite Panaroma from the summit of Cape Horn Mountain
Difficult

Cape Horn Mountain from Lola Creek

12.0 mi 19.4 km 3,324' Up 1013.02 m Up 3,323' Down 1012.86 m Down

Cascade, ID

Boise National Forest Hiking

  • 1,002 Miles 1,613 Kilometers of Trail
  • 7 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 14 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 66 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 66 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Boise National Forest - 139

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4.3 mi 7.0 km #1Upper Stack Rock Trail
Intermediate
Boise, ID
Intermediate
Boise, ID 18 
7.0 mi 11.2 km #2Around the Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult
Boise, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
Boise, ID
4.8 mi 7.7 km #3Sunset Mountain Road #316
Intermediate/Difficult
Idaho City, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
Idaho City, ID
4.5 mi 7.2 km #4Jennie Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Idaho City, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
Idaho City, ID
1.2 mi 2.0 km #5Deadwood Hot Springs Trail
Intermediate
Cascade, ID
Intermediate
Cascade, ID
3.5 mi 5.7 km #6Shingle Creek
Intermediate
Boise, ID
Intermediate
Boise, ID
6.5 mi 10.5 km #7Eastside Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Boise, ID
Intermediate/Difficult
Boise, ID
2.7 mi 4.4 km #8Jack Creek Trail (#520)
Easy
Boise, ID
Easy
Boise, ID
3.4 mi 5.5 km #9Trail #331
Difficult
Mountain Home, ID
Difficult
Mountain Home, ID
0.9 mi 1.4 km #10Vulcan Hot Spring #072
Easy
Cascade, ID
Easy
Cascade, ID

Photos of Boise National Forest - 83

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Campsite from the summit, with Steele Mountain in the Sawtooths in the background.
Mar 27, 2018 near Idaho City, ID
Bald Mountain Summit looking south.
Jun 12, 2021 near Idaho City, ID
Dog friendly!
Apr 8, 2015 near Boise, ID
Boiling hot water gushes up out of the depths of Vulcan Hot Spring
Jan 5, 2021 near Cascade, ID
Spanish Town Site - This is what is left of Spanish Town today.  The rock foundations are still pretty cool.  Makes you wonder how hard life was when people actually lived here.
Jan 28, 2019 near Idaho City, ID
We had to get a picture of Daisy after we finally found spanish town.
Jan 15, 2019 near Idaho City, ID
Beautiful Autumn Colors
Nov 7, 2018 near Boise, ID
Jennie Lake reflections
May 29, 2018 near Idaho City, ID