Table Rock - Hike near Boise, Idaho
Boise, ID 83712, USA,Boise,Idaho
43.59854400688, -116.147589908
3.0 miles SE of Boise, Idaho
Address: Boise, ID 83712, USA
GPS: 43°35'54.8"N 116°8'51.3"W
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State: Idaho


Table Rock is located directly above downtown Boise, Idaho and is part of the extreme southwestern portion of the Boise Mountains. It is recognizable by the tall white cross, that lights up. If you're in Boise, this isn't an experience you want to miss. The view from the top allows you to look over Boise, and is the most beautiful as the leaves are changing colors in fall.   

The two best times, to add to the experience, would to be either going before sunrise or sunset. Watching the sun rise is an emotional experience, especially after such a great hike. Or watching the sun set over Boise and watching the lights turn on all over the city, including the cross on the peak. The hike, or drive, offers grand views of the Boise skyline, foothills, and valley. 

Pets are allowed on this hike, but they need to be on their leash. Don't let them run through the brush, especially suring summer months, where snakes hide in the brush. There are multiple paths to the peak, so choose your path before embarking on your hike. There are no fees for this hike.

WARNING: No fires or launching off fireworks from this location. It is too dry and can cause large wildfires. This happened in 2015, and the person who started the wildfire because of fireworks, which in turn burned homes, was convicted. Please be smart and use common sense, because this location is important and beloved by the citizens of Boise and other surrounding locations.  

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Boise, Idaho

  1. Head southeast on W Main St toward N 6th St (0.1 mi)
  2. Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto N 5th St (0.3 mi)
  3. Turn right onto W State St (0.3 mi)
  4. Merge onto E Fort St (489 ft)
  5. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Reserve St (0.5 mi)
  6. Slight right onto Shaw Mountain Rd (0.5 mi)
  7. Turn right to stay on Shaw Mountain Rd (0.7 mi)
  8. Slight right onto E Table Rock Rd (1.9 mi)
  9. Turn right to stay on E Table Rock Rd (0.7 mi)

From the trailhead, take Table Rock Trail that begins switchbacking up the hillside below some homes. After .25 miles the trail proceeds to break into a small valley immedietly below Table Rock and its large cross.

After a brief repreive from the uphill chugging, the trail reaches the base of Table Rock and steeply switchbacks to the summit in a total of about 1.5 miles.

From the summit are grand views of the entire valley as well as the footills. Respect restricted areas near antenaes and the large cross the faces west.

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5/4/18 8:48 am 2/2/17
Love this place. There is a lot of graffiti, but the hike up to table rock is beautiful and I love the cross up there. It overlooks the city of Boise. It is so fun to be there at sunrise or sunset.
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Distance ?

1.4 miles

Elevation Gain ?

849 feet

Real Ascent ?

853 feet

Real Descent ?

4 feet

Avg Grade (7°)


Grade (-2° to 15°)

-3% to 27%

Distance ?

1.4 miles

Elevation Gain ?

858 feet

Real Ascent ?

889 feet

Real Descent ?

31 feet

Avg Grade (7°)


Grade (-6° to 14°)

-10% to 25%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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