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Jill Sanford | 08.18.2017

Boise is a city surrounded by natural scenery. From the riverfront parks to the rugged trails and scenic views, it’s a place that makes microadventures easy. Weekend warriors usually get pretty antsy Monday through Friday, but in Boise, you don’t have to wait until you clock out at the end of the week to truly live.

With plenty of waterfront trails and swimming holes, Boise is a city that’s paradise during the dog days of summer. Get out there and enjoy it. There is no reason to wait for the weekend to squeeze in a quick two-hour adventure. If you need the exercise and peace of mind that comes from being outside, head out on one of these quick microadventures. They’ll clear your mind, put things in perspective, and energize your day.

  • Castle Rock: This is a quick hike or trail run in the foothills located close to downtown Boise.
  • Table Rock - hiking: This is one of the most prominent hikes in the metro area. It often sees a lot of visitors, which makes it perfect for exploring before or after work when crowds are likely to be minimal.
  • Table Rock - bouldering: Follow the loop trail around to the Southern edge to take advantage of some cool climbing spots.
  • Boise River: Sit beside it or hop on a tube and float it to let your worries wash away. (If you do swim, please wear a lifejacket and practice proper swiftwater safety, even when the current seems mellow.)
  • Boise River Greenbelt: This trail parallels the river and connects various parks and the downtown area with one 25 mile trail. It’s a great way to blow off some steam.
  • Discovery Park, downstream of the Lucky Peak Reservoir: Cast a line in the river, go for a quick dip, or just relax in the shade of this scenic waterfront park. It’s dog friendly, unlike Sandy Point Beach.
  • Sandy Point Beach, Lucky Peak Reservoir: This is an ideal urban park with volleyball courts, picnic areas, free lifejackets to borrow, and other amenities. Located in Boise’s dry climate, it’s a great waterfront spot that provides access to the Boise River Greenbelt.
  • Barclay Bay, Lucky Peak Reservoir: This popular spot is another one that can get crowded on weekends. If you want to see what the fuss is about, sneak a midweek visit here to enjoy the picnic spots and no wake zone.
  • Idaho Botanical Gardens: For a quick nature fix that will transport you out of Idaho’s arid climate, stroll through these gardens and breathe in the floral aromas.
  • Hulls Gulch Reserve: Start off on foot on one of the 2 trailheads located here to access over 180 miles of trails through the foothills.
  • Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area: This ski resort offers plenty of nordic trails in the winter and hiking or running loops in the summer, and it’s only 45 minutes outside of town.
  • Kathryn Albertson Park: One of many riverside parks named for local women, this quiet park is the perfect getaway from urban living.


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