"Take a hike, buddy!"

When you live in Boise, that's an invitation, not an insult. Boise locals live in the best of both worlds. The Treasure Valley is surrounded by accessible, free, and fun outdoor activities—and it's fantastic.

Hiking makes people feel alive. It's a natural, nothing-else-like-it high. There's something freeing about hitting up a trail 10 minutes down the road from your office during lunch.

Did you conquer the Pacific Crest Trail on your hour break? No, but you returned reinvigorated and ready to tackle the rest of your day 😎 

The older you get the more you realize it's the balance you find, not the distance you go, that leaves you feeling incredible.

In Boise, hiking is for everyone.

Lucky for us, the City of Trees is surrounded by a wide range of trails, each offering a unique experience. From the picturesque foothills to the pathways alongside the beautiful Boise River, there's a trail for every hiker.

Your time on the trail is what you make of it. Whether it's a leisurely, clear-your-thoughts stroll, family fun, or a challenging physical adventure, you're never far from the perfect Boise-area trail.

What's the hold-up?! Lace up your shoes, grab some water, sunscreen, and bug spray get out there, friend. The five trails highlighted in the gallery below offer something for Boiseans ages 1 to 99.

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Hikes to Explore Outside in and Around Boise

Need to connect with nature a bit? Or at least escape the day to day grind? Check out these Boise area hikes, some are quick if you only have an hour or two and some are half day journeys.

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If you're willing to put in the work, we've found some lakes that you might enjoy more than being surrounded by tourists. Some of these lakes you might need to hike to, but the view, the peacefulness, and the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Idaho are all worth it. From the Sawtooth Mountains to the Panhandle, there are plenty of great lakes to enjoy.

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7 of the Best Beaches in Idaho

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Enjoy The Lake At One Of The Best Kid-Friendly Hikes In Idaho

Ranked one of the best kid-friendly hikes in Idaho leads to beautiful lake and waterfall views. 

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Idaho summers aren't the hottest around, but don't let that fool you.

The Gem State hits triple-digit temps often enough for locals to regret leaving these 13 things in their cars during the hottest weeks of the year 😳

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