5 Treasure Valley Hikes You JUST Can’t Miss! (P.S. they’re great for kids and dogs too!)

ONE: Camel’s Back Trail Loop

This hike is pure magic simply because of the starting location. Situation at the base of the Boise Foothills and steps from Boise’s Historic Hyde Park District, the Camel’s Back Loop Trail will not only give you breathtaking views of Downtown Boise but will also make you lose your breath on the way up. 

Details: 1.6 mile loop, dogs must be kept on leash, trailhead is at Camel’s Back Park in Boise.

TWO: Seaman’s Gulch Dry Creek Loop

If your favorite kind of hike is an easy one with lots of views, then this hike is the hike for you. Located just east of Eagle, Idaho, Seaman’s Gulch is home to wildflowers and wildlife. Also, if you can wake up early enough or stay up late enough, the sunrise and sunsets are jaw-dropping.

Details: 2.1 miles, dogs can be off-leash, trailhead is at N. Seaman’s Gulch Rd off W. Hill Rd.

THREE: Lake Lowell 

Just west of Nampa, Idaho, the Lake Lowell loop trail is perfect for folks who like to have a body of water nearby. Plus, with the trail running alongside the lakeshore, birdwatching and fishing is abundant. So don’t forget to bring your binoculars and your fishing pole.

Details: 5.5 mile loop, dogs can be off-leash, trailhead on Upper Embankment Road next to Lake Lowell.

FOUR: Castle Rock Loop

If you’re not quite ready for the uphill of Table Rock, Castle Rock Loop is a perfect substitute. The loop trail starts near the Old Idaho State Penitentiary and as with the previous hikes offers visitors stunning views of the Treasure Valley from another angle.

Details: 2 miles, dogs can be off-leash, trailhead is on Old Penitentiary Road.

FIVE: Harrison Hollow Trail to Who Now Loop Trail

Once again we’ve got views. This loop trail meanders along a ridge providing sweeping view of both the city and the hills. If you go at the right time you’ll see hillsides brimming with wildflowers and green sage brush. This trail is not to be missed. Plus, there’s a brewery basically at the trailhead.

Details: 2.4 miles, dogs can be off-leash, trail is located at Harrison Hollow parking lot.

You can find all the trail information and more at this link:


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