Hiking & Trails

Table Rock Quarry Trail

Steep climbs and great views: That describes about 90 percent of the trails in Idaho. But this one is right in town and gives you a view of cool features that are natural and man-made. Start at the Old Penitentiary and go up Trail No. 15 and just before hitting the top, get on Trail No. 17 to the right. You can combine Trail No. 17 with Trail No. 14 or No. 16 for a loop.

The rock formations along the Quarry Trail are fascinating. You'll just want to sit on one of the smaller table rocks and watch the city. If you're riding a mountain bike, you will find some good, rocky, technical riding. It's challenging terrain, and even experts will sometimes walk some of the trickier sections. Whether hiking or riding, the Table Rock trails give you great terrain to explore and some postcard scenery along the way.

Trail of the Week

Open to: Mountain bikers and hikers.

Ideal for: Mountain bikers and hikers who want a workout.

Trailhead elevation: 2,726 feet.

Destination elevation: 3,551 feet.

Length: About 3 miles round trip.

Difficulty: Strenuous 825-foot climb.

Out and back or loop: Both can be done with alternate trails.

Wildlife you might see: Meadowlarks, swallows, rabbits, hawks and rattlesnakes.

Notes/bathrooms: Hit a restroom at one of Boise's parks before you go. Take plenty of water and watch out for the cliff dropoffs.

Information: www.ridgetorivers.org.

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