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blue Highland Valley-Cobb Loop

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5.7 mile 9.2 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,295' 395 m
Descent: -1,318' -402 m
High: 4,288' 1,307 m
Low: 2,996' 913 m


Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)


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A great loop away from the crowds.

Peggy Jordan

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Turn back if trail is muddy - this one tends to thaw out early in the day during the winter because of the direct sun exposure.


This very exposed 2-hour (or so) loop has a nice mixture of climbing and descending, with expansive views in all directions.

Need to Know

Dogs must be on leash, because it's in the wildlife management area. Bring plenty of water and sun protection.


You'll find the the trailhead at the end of Highland Valley Road (off Warm Springs). There is a small parking area across from a residence with a red double-decker bus parked in the driveway.

From the trailhead, you'll come to the junction with Cobb Trail; stay to the right on the West Highland Valley Trail. After about 1.75 miles, you'll reach the next junction for the East Highland Valley Rd; take the left to leave the dirt road for the singletrack trail. You'll keep winding gradually but relentlessly up.

Around 2.5 miles, the East Highland Valley Rd tees at Shaw Mountain or Ridge Rd, a dirt road; take a left on it. The next intersection you'll reach is the junction with the Lucky Peak Trail #6; stay to the left.

At about 3 miles, you'll hit the high point of the loop. It's (almost) all downhill from here!

In another half a mile, you'll come to another junction - the other end of the Cobb Trail; take the left and find yourself back on singletrack. You'll have gorgeous views of the Owyhee Range to the west across the Treasure Valley.

Continue on the Cobb trail until you find yourself back at the first junction of the Cobb Trail and East Highland Valley Rd. Just before the junction there's a hairpin turn to the left and about 20 yards of steep uphill. Take a right at the junction, and you'll be back to your car in a few minutes.

Flora & Fauna

Raptors year-round, meadowlarks and lupine April to May. I've heard coyotes on occasion.


Land Manager: Ridges to Rivers

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Nov 3, 2018
David Hurley
May 13, 2018
Norm Stewart
Mother’s Day Hike
Apr 27, 2018
David Nash
Beautiful hike in the spring 1.5mi
Apr 15, 2018
Cherie Cho
Uphill was brutal, and the downhill was hard on the knee. But it was a fun hike nonetheless. More mountain bikers than hikers. Will do again! 5.7mi
Nov 13, 2017
Douglas Fur
Clear views and mostly flat 5.7mi
Jul 29, 2017
Kelley Rawlings
Jun 11, 2017
Marylu Orozco
Jun 10, 2017
Slavik Verbovskiy

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