Hiking & Trails

Pilot Peak offers powder (Long, steep climb)

The Pilot Peak area, northeast of Idaho City, offers quick powder shots for snowmobilers and Telemark skiers.

The trail leads from Idaho 21 to Pilot Peak where skiers and snowmobilers can break out into powder slopes.

It's one of the best snow- play areas close to Boise, but because it is multiple use with motorized and non-motorized users, cooperation and courtesy should be practiced by both groups.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive about 55 miles northeast of Boise on Idaho 21. Parking is on the right.

Open to: Backcountry tele skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers.

Ideal for: Snowmobilers and backcountry Telemark skiers .

Trailhead elevation: About 6,100 feet. GPS: 43 degrees, 55.924N; 115 degrees, 40.108N.

Destination elevation: Pilot Peak, 8,120 feet. GPS: 43 degrees, 57.616N, 115 degrees, 41.211W.

Length: About 4 miles in and just as many out.

Difficulty: It's a long, steep climb up a snow-covered U.S. Forest Service Road.

Out and back or loop: For skiers, it's a climb up the road and some great ski runs back down the slopes to the highway. Snowmobilers have options for other trails leading from the Pilot Peak area.

Wildlife you might see: Some birds, but not much else.

Notes/bathrooms: Portable toilets are at the Mores Creek parking lot. Early birds get the parking spots.

Information: Consult a Boise National Forest map.

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