Top 3 Hikes In Boise Idaho & The Pests You Might Encounter

When most think of Boise, Idaho the first thing that comes to mind is the abundance of outdoor activities and scenery. From hiking to biking to fishing, there are plenty of opportunities for enjoying nature in this area. And while it’s no secret that Boise is a great place to get outdoors, some may not be aware of just how many hikes are available here – or the pests you can encounter while hiking! 

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at three popular hikes in Boise and what you might expect from each one. We’ll also cover brief information on some of the more common pests you might encounter while out on the trails. Read on for tips on staying safe and pest-free during your next hike!

Top 3 Hikes In Boise Idaho

1. Table Rock:

This popular hike is located just minutes southeast of downtown Boise and offers stunning views of the city and surrounding area. Hiking enthusiasts will find the perfect trail to challenge their fitness levels and explore new adventures in this scenic area. 

It’s generally considered a moderately challenging hike with beautiful views, especially for those who enjoy birding or horseback riding!

table rock

Many people do an out-and back hike when they first arrive, though several other trails in the Table Rock area enable a loop. Table Rocky Quarry Trail is a great loop option to add to a Table Rock hike. They have the same trailhead parking lot, but in the other direction is Castle Rock Trail which is a fun and easy trek nearby.

However, there are a few areas where the trail can be steep and rocky, so be sure to wear proper footwear. As for pests, you’re likely to encounter some ticks and mosquitoes while on the trail. Be sure to use insect repellent and check for ticks after your hike.

2. Bogus Basin:

This popular ski area is also home to a number of great hiking trails. The road to Bogus Basin is an adventure for all ages. There’s great terrain, with a magic carpet and super-slow lift that provides access to beginner ski lessons or just fun on the slopes!

During the off-season, Bogus Basin is open for outdoor recreation. Visitors can enjoy summer tubing and take part in other activities like mountain biking or hiking and Glade Runner Mountain Coaster.

The area around Bogus Basin is loaded with trails of all kinds, from easy forest Service roads to multi-use paths and single-track mountain biking trails. There are also a few difficult hikes that aren’t for the faint of heart!

3. Stack Rock Trail, Boise National Forest

Stack Rock Trail, Boise National Forest

This hike leads to an impressive rock feature with 360-degree views of the Treasure Valley. While this might feel like a long climb at 1,300 feet elevation, it’s well worth seeing all that awaits you once we get up there! You’ll have plenty time for exploring on top – just remember your sunscreen and water bottle since everything is so beautiful down here in Idaho near summertime.

The Stack Rock Trail is located in the Boise National Forest and accessible via a 13-mile drive on Bogus Basin Road. The trailhead is clearly marked and the hike itself is relatively short, but it is steep in places. A vault toilet and small picnic area are at the trailhead.

Common Pests to Encounter While Hiking

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Crickets and grasshoppers are generally more of a nuisance than anything, but they can still be a bit of a pain when hiking. They tend to congregate in areas with high grass, so if you’re hiking through tall grass, be prepared for them to jump out at you. Wearing long pants can help protect your skin from their bites.

 In general, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings when hiking and take precautions to avoid any potential dangers. Wearing proper clothing, using insect repellent, and being aware of your surroundings can help you enjoy your hike while staying safe.

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