Trail

Mores Mountain Interpretive Trail

Boise, ID
Length: 1.90 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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An easy out-of-town adventure just above Boise and past Bogus Basin ski area, Mores Mountain Interpretive Trail starts at about 6,600 feet and is a spectacular day trip that offers lush meadows of wildflowers in the spring and summer (as late as July), including sticky cinquefoil, scarlet gilia, sulphur buckwheat, lupine, and several species of penstemon. As you hike, you’ll find breathtaking views of the Sawtooth Mountain range to the east and Oregon’s Blue Mountains to the west.

Keep your eyes on the lookout for wildlife as this area is also home to numerous birds and butterflies. There’s a good chance if you’re looking for it, you’ll spot a redtailed hawk diving for diner in the deep purple lupine-filled meadows. You’re not likely to see mountain lions or bears, but they are out there.

The hike itself is toddler friendly and very walkable with a trail that skirts the top of Mores Mountain and numerous shaded benches along the way, making it perfect for new parents. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the hike is fairly exposed. Be aware of weather and don’t plan to hike this is thunderstorms are expected. Hiking boots and a lightweight rain jacket are recommended in the summer.

Also there are seven overnight spots that are walk-in and fairly close together with limited vegetation screening each spot, so expect to be friendly with the neighbors. Also, be sure to bring water as there is limited, if any, water onsite.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 575 ft.
Stroller friendly No
Stroller terrain No Wheels
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

An abundance of wildflowers from mid-June through August and some rich-colored butterflies.

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Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.

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Getting There

Vehicle access to the Mores Mountain trailhead is generally permitted from June to October, depending on weather and snow conditions, but check local reports. A rough winter can make driving to the trailhead more difficult in a two-wheel drive. From Boise, travel along Bogus Basin Road (FS Road 297) for approximately 20 miles. Continue past the ski area and Nordic Ski Center. The final 3 miles are on a gravel road. Turn right (east) at the campground sign and travel just over a mile to the Shafer Butte Campground and picnic area.