“A tour of 3 of the best trails in the Boise Foothills.”
— Cory Harelson
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Open year round if you can deal with the snow in the winter.
Even with so many great trails around Boise, this route stands out as spectacular. Unlike many of the other lower foothills trails, the trees and shade extend down to a relatively low elevation. Also the water flows year-round, so this is a good option late in the summer if you hike with dogs that need access to water.
Need to Know
Lots of creek crossings, especially on Dry Creek
. Be prepared to balance on logs or get your feet wet!
No promises, but if you need a water refill, I have had good luck drinking the water unfiltered from Dry Creek
at the very top where the trail first meets the creek. I wouldn't drink the water down lower unless you are really desperate due to all the trail users, pets, and especially the large flock of sheep that migrate through the middle portion of the trail twice a year.
From the Dry Creek
trailhead on Bogus Basin Road, head up Dry Creek
trail for about 2 miles. Just after a major creek crossing a trail splits off of the main Dry Creek
trail to the right. This is Shingle Creek
Trail. Take it.
follows the creek for several more miles as it gently ascends the drainage, before finally rearing up the last mile or so into a very steep finish. If you brought your dog you may want to stop and let them get a drink of water from the creek before the trail ascends the ridge to your left, as there will be not water on Mahalo
meets up with Dry Creek
about 30 yards below the Boise Ridge Road. Head to the Ridge Road and take a left. Enjoy the views as you saunter along the rolling dirt road high above the Treasure Valley.
After approximately 2.5 miles you'll come to road 275 C (note that on Google Maps it is erroneously labeled 175 C). This will be the second signed dirt road on the right. Turn right on 275 C.
After about 1/3 of a mile heading downhill on the road you'll come to a gate. After going around the gate keep an eye out on the right-hand side for an indistinct and unlabeled singletrack. This is the start of Mahalo
. it is no more than 100 or 200 yards past the gate.
Once on the trail, enjoy the winding, rolling singletrack through the dense forest. I dare you to try not to host an ear to ear grin the whole time! During the summer, expect to see a lot of wildflowers on this trail
As all good things must come to an end, so too does Mahalo
. At the end of the singletrack you'll come to a T intersection with a doubletrack trail. Turn right (or turn left and go explore, many more miles of excellent hike are to be found in the Daggett Creek area . . . just make sure to bring a map or the Hiking Project mobile app
so you can find your way back!).
The doubletrack eventually intersects back with the Boise Ridge Road, where you need to turn left.
Hike back along the ridge road about a 1.5 miles to where you came from, and turn right to get onto Dry Creek
Trail. Pass the Shingle Creek
trail turnoff that you came up on the left, and keep heading down Dry Creek
. Make your way over the rocks, across the logs, and through the creek crossings all the way back down to your car.
Flora & Fauna
You'll start down low in the sage brush, but quickly ascend into the shade of many trees thanks to the year-round flowing water in Shingle and Dry Creek