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Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead

Boise Metro Area, Idaho

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  • Shafer Butte Picnic Area.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Each picnic area has a fire pit and table.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • The clear walking paths at Shafer Butte.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • The clear walking paths at Shafer Butte.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Views of Bogus Basin Mountain Resort.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Mountain prairie on Mores Mountain.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • The trail system is accessible for all ages.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Boise National Forest on an overcast day.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Hiking trails at Shafer Butte.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Hiking trails at Shafer Butte.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Hiking trails at Shafer Butte.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Drive past the Nordic lodge.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • If you see the lights for night skiing, you're on the right road.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Turn right to Shafer Butte Picnic Area.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Welcome to Boise National Forest.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
  • Turn left for the picnic area and trailhead.- Shafer Butte and Mores Mountain Trailhead
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Proximity to Boise. Wildflowers. Family-friendly hiking.
Cons: 
Poorly marked trails.
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Region:
Boise Metro Area, ID
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
400.00 ft (121.92 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,000.00 ft (2,133.60 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Sometimes you don’t need to go too far away to feel like you’re far out of town. Such is the experience at Shafer Butte. Just 21 miles from Boise, the mountain is typically 15 degrees cooler than the Boise area, making it a perfect late summer get away.  

Shafer Butte Picnic Area has eight picnic spots, each including a paved slab, table, fire ring and views of Boise National Forest. Walkways to the picnic spots are paved for general accessibility. Services are limited with a vault toilet; trash must be packed out. Just past the picnic area is Shafer Butte Campground. 

The Mores Mountain Trail system is also available from the Shafer Butte Picnic Area. Mores Mountain is known for wildflower booms and lush vegetation late into Boise’s hot summers. The web of singletrack trails offers views of the City of Boise, Boise National Forest, Sawtooth National Forest, Oregon’s Blue Mountains and Bogus Basin Mountain Resort at various vantage points.

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