Adelmann Mine Hike

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2.5-3.5h
Distance
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7.6 km
Elevation
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403 m
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The Adelmann Mine Hike is a great adventure that beckons the exploration of history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Located just a few miles outside Boise’s city center that attracts plenty of adventurers—just like you!

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Route Description for Adelmann Mine Hike

Explore the scenic slopes of Lucky Peak along the Adelmann Mine Trail. This pleasant hike exhibits a diversity of flora and fauna, including elk, deer, blooming wildflowers, and sagebrush. While this unshaded route offers incredible views, it also warrants extreme conditions, so wear SPF and pack plenty of water to stay hydrated. We encourage hikers to head out in the early morning to beat the heat—and as an added bonus, to avoid the afternoon crowds! Note the path is easy to follow, but there are no signposts.

Setting out from the parking lot you will follow the dirt path northwest. From here the route gently climbs up the slopes of Shaw Mountain (Lucky Peak), alternating through communities of sagebrush and moorlands blossoming with wildflowers. As you ascend the mountainside you will be granted impressive views of the peak looming above, the surrounding Boise Mountains, and the impressive Sawtooth Mountains in the far east. After some hiking, the historic mine will come into view.

Diverting northeastwardly, you will reach the Adelmann Mine. Respecting the historic site, explore the eerie mine that adorns the slopes. Enjoy the scenery and the charm of the building before beginning your return, retracing your footing back down to the parking lot.

Getting to the Adelmann Mine Hike Trailhead

The Adelmann Mine Hike departs from the parking lot off East Highway 21.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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