Table Rock Boise Idaho
Learn About Table Rock
Overlooking the City of Trees in the Southeast end of the Boise Foothills is Table Rock. Most Boise locals enjoy hiking/biking trails, bird watching, horseback riding, and panoramic vistas of Downtown Boise. While there are many trails to use, they are challenging so bring your water and good shoes. The Table Rock loop is about 3.7 miles long. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. The most common starting point is at the Old Penitentiary parking lot where you will find a detailed trail map. Table Rock is open from sunset to sunrise and is closed to vehicular traffic.
Boiseans take pride in their trails and ask that all trails not be used when the trails are muddy. The best times to explore Table Rock trails are from March through November. To see the latest report on trail conditions, visit Ridge to Rivers.
If you have ever been to Boise Idaho, you will notice a large white cross on top of Table Rock. This 60-foot cross was built in 1956 by Jaycees Club to promote Christianity and as a symbol against communism.
There is a gate accessing the road to Table Rock. If you still want to experience Table Rock but don’t want to hike over three and a half miles, drive up. You still have to hike as there is no direct access to Table Rock, but it is much less of a hike. Though you can’t catch the sunrise unless you hike, it’s not uncommon to catch the sunset of Boise. The gate will close you in but opens for those exiting the area.
The next time you are in Boise, consider Table Rock. Whether you drive or hike, its beautiful rock surface, several caves, and stunning views will have you coming back for more.