The cross on Table Rock ensures you can never get lost in Boise — just look up (if you have a clear view of the sky), and you'll see the landmark from just about anywhere in town. But many forsake the quick and steep Table Rock Trail for others in the Ridges to Rivers system. I set out from the trailhead by the Old Idaho Penitentiary on a recent Friday and came across no more than five people on my way up. Take that, Camel's Back Park! The trail winds up behind the Penitentiary, above the old Table Rock Quarry, and gives you a clear view of the climb ahead. The trail — #15A on your Ridges to Rivers map — is mainly doubletrack as it goes around the back side of Table Rock before attaining the summit. Although it's tiring, it's a quick trip, and the payoff of the best view in Boise is well worth the walk.
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Trail of the Week
Open to: Hikers, bikers
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Ideal for: A long lunch to break up your work week.
Trailhead elevation: 2,726 feet
Destination elevation: 3,658 feet
Length: 3.2-mile loop
Wildlife you might see: Fox, raptors, deer