The City of Trees really shines during the Fall season as all the leaves begin to turn gorgeous shades of red and yellow. With the cooler temperatures, hiking is one of the best ways to view the foliage. Here are a few hikes that highlight the fall colors.
Don’t let the name fool you, Dry Creek is anything but. This Ridge to Rivers trail has numerous water crossings and while the trek begins on sandstone cliffs, you soon wind your way into a lush forest. Dry Creek has become more popular so you may want to hike it during off-peak hours such as early morning or evening. Keep in mind that you might encounter snow as the temperatures drop!
Hulls Gulch Interpretive Trail
For a less crowded hike, head to the Hulls Gulch Interpretive Trail. Also known as the Upper Hulls Gulch Trail, this trail winds its way up the canyon and crosses over a creek multiple times. This 4.4-mile trail allows you to enjoy the vast array of vegetation, from cottonwoods to syringa, as it changes colors with the season.
Homestead Trail #12 may only be two miles long but the 1,000 feet climb provides an extensive workout. Just north of the Barber neighborhood, this Foothills trail ends in an abandoned homestead. You’ll want to bring plenty of water as this trail doesn’t have any shade.
Take in gorgeous fall colors and do some bird watching on the Owl’s Roost #37 trail. This short trail (only 0.67 miles) runs through a riparian area filled with a variety of vegetation. Tackle this trail in the spring if you hope to spot owl nests!
Boise is lucky to be such a short drive from the mountain recreation area and ski resort of Bogus Basin. You can traverse one of the many resort trails or head to the Mores Mountain Trail that runs alongside Bogus Basin. There are three different trails to choose from depending on the distance you desire: 1 mile, 1.3 miles, and 2.1 miles. Not only will you be able to peep fall foliage colors, but you’ll also see Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine trees.
For an easier trail to tackle, head to the Boise Greenbelt. The trail winds alongside the Boise River and provides breathtaking views of nature in the heart of downtown. Make a stop at one of the many Ribbon of Jewels’ parks to view even more fall foliage. Kathryn Albertson Park is our top choice for viewing nature due to its several water features.
Check out this list from Ridge to Rivers for more fall foliage hikes. If you decide to traverse any of these trails, tag us in your photos on social media so we can see!
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