Local parks are always some of my favorite backyard gems because it’s a simple way to enjoy green space and being outdoors. And typically, unless you have to pay for parking, they’re free.
Camel’s Back Park in Boise is one of those local treasures in the city. My friends and I took a little trip there one afternoon mainly to do a mini hike up the hill, which is impossible to miss once you get there.
View of the steep trail from the top
There are multiple trails you can take to get to the top. The one you’ll see right away is the shortest, but it’s the steepest. If you’re more adventurous than I am, you can opt to trek up that way. There’s also a less inclined trail that takes extra time to complete, which is the one we took. That route isn’t strenuous at all and it’s a nice way to spend extra time walking and enjoying the surroundings.
If you plan on climbing up the hill, be sure to wear good tennis shoes. You might be able to make it up in flats or flip flops, but it’s a dirt trail and it’s just easier if you’ve got good footwear on.
Before you know it, you’ll be at the top after breaking a tiny sweat and you’ll get to enjoy a scenic view of Boise.
The land that’s now Camel’s Back Park has been property of the City of Boise since 1932 when it purchased the land from a man who was related to a former mayor. Then in 1965, the park was dedicated.
My friends and I spent most of our time hanging out on the hill. But the park is also a nice place to bring your dog or bring food and a blanket for a picnic. Additionally, it has an outdoor gym, tennis courts, tables where you can sit, playgrounds, and restrooms, so you have plenty of options when it comes to exercising, relaxing and family fun. You can even reserve the picnic area if you want to have a party or big gathering.
I loved the little hike Camel’s Back Park had to offer and enjoyed being in a park that’s in my friends’ backyard. More information about it can be found here.