Shaw Mountain Hike

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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5-7h
Distance
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16.7 km
Elevation
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776 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Hike one of Boise’s famed ‘Grand Slam Peaks’ on the Shaw Mountain Trail. Shaw Mountain, otherwise known as Lucky Peak, rises above Boise at an elevation of 5,098 ft, demanding a modest climb through moorlands abundant with a diversity of flora and fauna.

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Route Description for Shaw Mountain Hike

Enjoy a rewarding day-hike as you adventure the Shaw Mountain Trail. This pleasant path explores the lush grasslands abundant with wildflowers and sagebrush, elk, and deer. As one of the ‘Grand Slams’, this route sees plenty of traffic, so expect some company. Whether you are seeking a more tranquil experience or not, we encourage you to head out in the early morning to avoid the rush and beat the heat! Pack plenty of water and wear sun protection to avoid overexposure on this exposed mountainside.

Setting out from the car park off E Highway 21, the Shaw Mountain Hike begins to climb along the East Highland Valley Road. Traveling westward, the path will climb into the pasturelands and, after some hiking, will deliver you to an intersection. Here, turn right, and you will be diverted north onto the East Shaw Mountain Road. Alternating through grasslands and low-lying shrubs, you will be granted impressive views of the surrounding Boise Mountains. Following the same route, the terrain will become increasingly forested as you near the peak.

From atop Lucky Peak, the views of Boise and the nearby forested foothills will render you speechless. Admire the panoramic vista, snap a few photos, then head back down the mountainside the way you came.

Getting to the Shaw Mountain Hike Trailhead

The Shaw Mountain Hike follows the East Highland Valley Road which is found off E Highway 21.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    Year-round

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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