About Table Rock in Boise, Idaho

Table Rock is located just northeast of downtown Boise, Idaho. It’s is a geological formation created around 15 million years ago due to volcanic activity.

Today, it offers a popular 3.7-mile loop trail for hikers, dog walkers, and horse riders, and a breathtaking view of the city from its flat rock top. The trailhead starts near the Old Idaho Penitentiary, and the area is open from sunrise to sunset.

Table Rock: History and Overview

Table Rock, a prominent feature of the Boise skyline, was formed around 15 million years ago due to volcanic activity. Once a ceremonial space for the Northern Shoshone, it’s now a widely-recognized feature in Boise’s skyline. Located just northeast of downtown Boise, Table Rock boasts an elevation of about 1,100 feet. The flat rock top offers panoramic views of downtown Boise, the Owyhee Mountains, and the snowcapped foothills, making it a prime location for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Experiencing Table Rock: Trails and Tips

Table Rock’s 3.7-mile loop trail is a popular choice for hikers, dog walkers, and horse riders. Moderately challenging, the trail takes an average of about 2 hours to complete, leading you to some of the most breathtaking views of Boise and the Treasure Valley.

The trailhead is conveniently located near the Old Idaho Penitentiary, and free parking is available. Table Rock welcomes visitors from sunrise to sunset daily, with the entrance gate closing at sunset but reopening for exiting vehicles. For a mesmerizing sunset experience, take the Old Pen’s side trail, as private trails and the access road to the top close one hour before sunset. To keep the trail in good condition, it’s recommended to wait a few days to hike after a rainy or snowy day to avoid muddy conditions that could damage the trail.

The Table Rock Cross

Atop of Table Rock and seen from most places near downtown Boise is the 60-foot illuminated cross, established in 1956 by the Jaycees club of Boise. Don’t miss the chance to experience Table Rock at sunset when the city and the iconic cross light up in a display of stunning beauty.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, a rock climbing enthusiast, or a nature lover, Table Rock is a destination spot that most Boiseans experience.