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3 most popular family friendly hikes near Boise
April 18, 2022

We are a big hiking family. For scouts, we were working on an accomplishment that took us to hike 20 miles in one day. Now, will I say that was easy? Absolutely not. However, it was extremely worth it. We also learned of a few places along the way that I thought I would share with you. Hiking in the Treasure Valley is not only fun, it is abundant. Let’s explore some places you can take your family that would be great for a quick adventure.

Teen boy holding a hiking stick behind his shoulders while on a hike

1. Camel’s Back Park

Camel’s Back Park is such a cute place for the kids to run around. There is a multitude of places to climb, hike and even play on the playground when you’re done. The hike is relatively easy to the top with some quick rewards of a city view. Don’t discount this place! Right in the middle of town on the North End, it’s easy to get to and see what all the fuss is about. 

Family hiking on top of Camel's Back Park overlooking Boise on a spring day
Family hiking in the fall during the fall at the top of Camel's Back Park in Boise

2. Jump Creek

Jump Creek, while a few miles outside of town also has the best reward for the quickest return. At only a quarter mile, this hike is easy to do and easy to get to. I have even heard of people carrying in picnic gear so they can stay awhile. Note, that while you’re in the canyon, it is colder than you may think it would be, even in the heat of the summer. Bring your swimsuits to have fun but know that the water may be a bit cold! 

Family walking across the creek over some rocks with their dog at Jump Creek
Two young girls playing by the creek with sticks at Jump Creek

3. Mores Mountain Loop

Those willing to take the windy road up Bogus Basin Rd will not be disappointed with this hike. It’s a magical place to see especially in the fall when all the trees are turning orange and yellow. A moderately easy loop with tons of beautiful views almost around every corner. Be cautious on the way up during the winter. A 4-wheel drive is a must-have as the road gets pretty rocky in some places.   

Hound dog looking up at the camera with his tongue out while on a hike with family

Any and ALL of these hikes are appropriate for a family fun adventure with photographs! Don’t forget to tag me along to help document this time in your life. You won’t regret it! Contact me today for a free consultation.

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