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When you live in the Boise Foothills and you get to look at this view every day, you wonder what is really up there. Well, finally we found out. On  Mother’s Day, Pam my wife wanted to spend time with me and her idea of good time was a 10-mile hike. We started up the road  and then climbed up to almost as far as you can see. This is our journey.

Did you ever wonder why they call it Rocky Canyon? It is a deep canyon cut by Rocky Creek that comes from the drainage of Aldape Summit. It is part of the Ridge to River trail system in the Boise Foothills. A collaboration of government, home owners and tax payers, the Ridge to Rivers trail system is world class.

As you leave Rocky Canyon road, you climb up a switchback start your 2,000 foot vertical climb. The road below is where the 13 mile Robie Creek Race is held every year in April.

The first trail you hit is Shane’s Loop. It puts you high above the city and provides a great view of downtown and Table Rock.

Next stop is 3 Bears. It is off to the North and as you look up you wonder just how far it goes up.

To say that the trail climbs is an understatement. Keep you head down and one foot in front of the other.

At this point, the only ones that are happy are the dogs. Can you see the Golden Doodles smile!

It’s primarily a rocky canyon, with amazing outcrops that develop different shadows throughout the day. As you start down, you are greeted by beautiful, old growth locus trees.

Along the way, you will be greeted by adventurous mountain bikers flying down the trails.

And if you time it right, you will be see spring wildflowers and nature in all its glory!