Hike or Ride to Stack Rock

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Distance

9 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Dusty Klein

This 9-mile trail out-and-back to Stack Rock is great for a hike or mountain bike ride. You'll get the very best view of Boise and the surrounding valley as well as crisp, clean air at 5,200 feet.

The trail to Stack Rock is a well maintained path that generates a lot of attention due to its special destination. The famed rock overlooks the City of Trees and surrounding Treasure Valley. This trek is popular among locals because of its proximity to the city and its spectacular views.

Getting There

From Boise, take Bogus Basin Road 13.1 miles to a small parking area just off of the road to the left. The trail begins from this parking area and the path is easy to locate below. Don't worry about getting lost, the trail is well-marked along the 9-mile trek.

The Trail

The trail is wide and accommodates mountain bikers as well as hikers and trail runners. The terrain is mild and generally flat until about half a mile from the destination. This last stretch is steep but most definitely worth the sweat—as you approach the rock protruding form the trees, you get to see how big this thing actually is. The higher you climb, the better the view you receive from both sides of the rock. Be careful, though—there are gaps in the rocks and it's not recommended to climb unless you're confident you can get up AND down.

Autumn is the prime season for this hike because of the vibrant colors and crisp, clean air. Snowshoeing in the winter would also be an awesome adventure.

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Beautiful but Confusing Directions

The actual hike to Stack Rock is beautiful and I would highly recommend for anyone in the Treasure Valley. However, there are many different ways to reach Stack Rock. It ended up being an 11 mile hike for us as we started at the main trailhead and took a slightly longer way to reach the rock. Most people park on the road before the main trailhead to shave off two miles round trip. Make sure you accurately read a map to know which way you are going to the rock. It is a great day hike and I would recommend stopping for lunch on the way and enjoying the view.

Misleading directions

I followed the directions given and it did get us to the trail head but when we got 4.5 miles in, a biker said there was still about two more miles to go until the rock. So there must be another trail head but I am not sure where that would be? Other than not making it to the end point the hike was stunning and we thoroughly enjoyed this trail! I think it’s more of a beginners trail for hikers despite what the other reviewers said

Great Day Hike

Great hike but like others said I would not say it for beginners. Don’t be fooled by the fire/logging roads that are about .5 miles in as it only lasts for about .75 miles and then goes back to nice tree canopies for the rest of the hike. I thought the trail head was well marked but it is a true 8.1-9 miles round trip. Most of it’s flat but you have some solid elevation climbs at the start and end which can wear out inexperienced hikers. This is pretty active trail and also used by mountain bikers so you most likely will not be alone out there if your taking it during spring/summer/fall.

Not Beginner

Super great hike, takes awhile and the trail was relatively hard to find. Took a wrong turn a time or two! Great view once you get to the top, but not a beginner hike.

Hike With Dogs

Loved the greenery. Great hike with dogs. Doesn't get to busy on the trials.

Trail Currently Closed

Got up there yesterday, 6/12 to a sign warning about the trail being closed due to logging activity and that the land was private.

Amazing

Long hike but flat most of the way, beautiful scenery the entire time

A Must Do

In the heat of the summer this is a perfect escape to hike in cooler temps and shade. However, fall is my favorite time of year with all the leaves changing.

Awesome hike, Better day hike than evening one

I started/parked around the 13 mile marker on bogus basin road. The route that I took was about 9 miles. I left my ridge-to-rivers map at home on accident so we ended up doing the entire Stack Rock loop. We left around 4:45pm from the truck and by the time we actually got to Stack Rock it was about 7:10pm. We were able to catch the sunset, but walked back in the dark. Luckily I brought a jacket and headlamp with me. Always a good idea when you are hiking a new area and trail. We ended up hiking back in about 1.5 hours and got back into Boise around 9:00pm. It was a relatively flat hike with very little climbing required. Great day hike and very easy for the family.

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