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As a staple of Boise, locals enjoy miles of hiking and mountain biking throughout the endless foothill trails system. The Table Rock area offers stunning views of downtown Boise and the Treasure Valley, and is a favorite among trail enthusiasts for sunset hikes and rides. With more than 200 miles of trails surrounding the city, it’s no exaggeration to say that Boise is a haven for hikers. It’s also a great way for families to explore the rugged beauty of our high-desert ecosystem. Below, we highlight some of the best trails around Tesoro, from easy paths that double as great nature walks for kids, to challenging day hikes. 

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Perhaps Boise’s most iconic hike, you can access this trail behind the Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise’s East End neighborhood. While this popular hike is not for the faint of heart – the views are worth it. As you ascend, you first get a bird’s eye view of the Old Pen, and sweeping views of Boise beyond.

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This trail is great for birding, hiking, and mountain biking, and it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash. 

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Owls Roost is a wide, flat trail that connects Boise’s Camel's Back Park in the North End to the Hulls Gulch trail complex, located up North 8th Street. Trees line the trail, lending shade and owl and raptor viewing opportunities. The trail also parallels a small creek with several small pools that kids (and dogs) love to play in.

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