Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Week: Mores Mountain Trail

Sweet relief from a hot and hazy summer day in the Valley can be found in an hour's time on the Mores Mountain Trail north of Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.

Alpine meadows, canopies of firs, ancient boulders and panoramic views await on the 2-mile Mores Mountain and Valley View loops.

The 1-mile Interpretive Trail loop takes hikers past numbered posts identifying plants, trees and other ecosystem features. Grab a brochure at the trailhead.

No matter what route you take, Mores Mountain offers a quick and easy hike with plenty of shade. With summer in full bloom, it's a splendid spot for a picnic among the wildflowers.

Know a trail? Call David Parker at (208) 672-6731 or e-mail outdoors@idahostatesman.com.

Mores Mountain Trail

Open to: Hikers. There is a separate bike trail to the right of the trailhead.

Ideal for: Families, anyone looking for a simple hike.

Trailhead elevation: 6,600 feet.

Destination elevation: 7,237 feet at the summit.

Length: 1 to 2 miles.

Difficulty: Moderate ups and downs.

Out and back or loop: 1- and 2-mile loops.

Wildlife you might see: Deer, hawks, ground squirrels, songbirds.

Notes/bathrooms: Restrooms, water and picnic tables are available at Shafer Butte Campground. There is a $4 day use fee. Leashed dogs are permitted.

Information: Visit the Boise National Forest Web site at www.fs.fed.us/r4/boise or call 373-4007.