Shafer Butte Loop

Wildflower display on Shafer Butte saddle

New wildflower walk completed: Shafer Butte Loop!  Too late for peak wildflower displays, but still plenty of late-season blooms and fall colors, along with great views (if not blocked by smoke).  This is one of the premier wildflower walks in the Boise Front, with extraordinary displays of mountain wildflowers throughout the summer, a wide diversity of habitats, and outstanding views in all directions.  The complete loop is about 4½ miles long, with 620′ elevation gain starting at Pioneer Lodge.

More updates!

  • “Highlights of Hidden Springs Wetlands” now in self-guided format
  • Expanded Preview Descriptions on Walk Page
  • Expanded Search capabilities for species pages

Milepost 12 updated!

Enjoy spectacular mountain flowers and views along the Upper Dry Creek trail system from the Interpretive Loop trailhead at the lower edge of the conifer forest, 2500 feet above the Boise Valley heat.  This is the quickest driving access to a hike in the conifers for most residents of Boise, with the least carbon footprint.  In addition to penstemon and other showy floral treasures, special treats of  this wildflower walk include two native (albeit inconspicuous) orchids and several types of parasitic plants.


Interpretive Loop Self-guiding!

The wildflower walk for the Interpretive Loop in Upper Hull’s Gulch has now been converted into self-guided format; check it out! Previously updated walks include Bonneville Point, lower Bob’s Trail, Bucktail/Shane’s/Three Bears Loop, Camel’s Back/lower Hulls Gulch, Currant Creek East, Redtail/Currant Creek, Miller Gulch, Polecat Gulch, and Sweet Connie.