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via Old Penitentiary Trailhead

Boise Metro Area, Idaho

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  • A view of the Table Rock summit from near the trailhead.- Table Rock
  • The summit is clearly visible throughout the hike due to short grasses and sagebrush in the area- Table Rock
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Table Rock
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  • An informational lookout features signage that describes geologically significant features visible in the Treasure Valley.- Table Rock
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  • A lazuli bunting sits perched atop a trailside bush.- Table Rock
  • The large and iconic cross at the summit of Table Rock is a well known feature with a controversial past in the Boise area.- Table Rock
  • Sandstone formations that create the iconic table shape.- Table Rock
  • Houses and ranches dot the landscape in the distance.- Table Rock
  • A view of downtown Boise from the summit.- Table Rock
  • People have left grafitti on many of the cliffs below the summit.- Table Rock
  • A view from the summit.- Table Rock
  • Views from Table Rock.- Table Rock
  • Looking southwest over the Warm Springs Mesa development.- Table Rock
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  • A view overlooking the historic Old Boise Penitentiary.- Table Rock
  • Looking back toward the summit from just outside the walls of the Old Boise Penitentiary.- Table Rock
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Pros: 
Iconic Boise view. Historical significance.
Cons: 
Crowded. Graffiti and vandalism.
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Region:
Boise Metro Area, ID
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
746.00 ft (227.38 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
3.11 mi (5.01 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,879.00 ft (877.52 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Table Rock is perhaps the most iconic hike in the Boise Metro Region. This highly accessible hike is a great opportunity to see the views in Boise and provides a short but solid chance to earn your cardio for the day. The prominent site is only 3 miles from downtown Boise and features an iconic glowing cross that serves as a local landmark in the southeastern section of the city. Due to building limitations in the surrounding foothills to the east of the city, this mesa marks the boundary of the city.

There are many trails that access Table Rock, but Table Rock Trail from the Old Penitentiary is one of the most commonly used. Starting from the "Old Pen" parking lot the trail winds through sage and tall grasses with a clear view of the mesa walls the entire way. A large 'B' (for Boise) is painted just under the sandstone cliffs.

Deer are prominent on this trail, especially in cooler months and early or late in the day. Lizards, snakes, hawks, and eagles are also common sights on the path.  

The flat top of Table Rock offers scenic views to visitors, with perhaps the best view overlooking Boise, the "City of Trees," tucked into the Treasure Valley of Idaho. The Boise River flows by to the south and west. To the east, the rolling foothills of Boise offer miles of mountain biking trails.  

Hikers can head down the northern part of the Table Rock cliffs via a short scramble to view the caves on the northern point of the feature. Sadly, many of these caves and the surrounding cliffs are now covered in graffiti and carvings left by recent visitors, and broken glass is common. This area needs protection and respect. Do not bring glass. Do not paint or damage the natural area. If you can, please pack up any litter in the area to help maintain this feature for years to come.

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