Hiking & Trails

Table Rock Trail (Strenuous)

The weather's finally cooling down, and that means you won't be toasted hiking up Table Rock Trail No. 15 in the Boise Foothills. You may be gasping for breath, but you won't fry under the hot sun.

Table Rock Trail weaves its way up through sandstone and sagebrush to the Table Rock Cross and a super view of Treasure Valley, the Owyhees, the Boise Front and Bogus Basin. You've got to do it.

Several other trails can be found in the same area, including Table Rock Loop Trail No. 16, Table Rock Quarry Trail No. 17, Tram Trail No. 14 and the Castle Rock Loop No. 19 and No. 19B.

HOW TO GET THERE: Head southeast on Warm Springs Avenue to the turnoff to the old state pen. There´s a large parking lot near the trailhead.

Open to: Mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders.

Ideal for: Regular hikers who want to see views of the city or adventure hikers who want to test their stamina.

Trailhead elevation: 2,806 feet. GPS: 43 degrees, 36.185N; 116 degrees, 09.667W.

Destination elevation: 3,616 feet. GPS: 43 degrees, 35.915N; 116 degrees, 08.873W.

Length: 1.6 miles to the cross.

Difficulty: It's all uphill, and it's pretty strenuous in some places.

Out and back or loop: Both. It's out and back (up and down) to the cross, or there are alternative loops on trails 17, 14 and 16.

Wildlife you might see: Deer, quail, hawks and maybe chukars.

Notes/bathrooms: There's a restroom in a nearby Quarry View Park.

Information: www.ridgetorivers.org.

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