Since the Table Rock Full Moon hike is filled up, I thought I'd post this hike. It's less strenous and will have a great view of the moonrise up at the top of Shane's Loop / 3 Bears junction.
This is a moderate hike with great views of downtown Boise and plenty of open space to see the moon rise. Moonrise is just ahead of sunset, but with the mountains, the sun will be well over the horizon by the time the moon is visible. We'll be hiking up to the top of 3 Bears where it meets Shane's Loop. Alternately, we can take Central Ridge and Shane's loop or Bucktail. We'll decide which trails to take down.
Sunset 7:57 p.m.
Moonrise 7:45 p.m.
Twilight 8:10 p.m.
When: Meet at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Ridge Crest trail head - this is the last parking lot on Mountain Cove road at the turnoff to the old Boise PD outdoor shooting range (it's right where the private road section begins).
Provisions: Be sure to bring water and a headlamp or flashlight and to wear good hiking shoes. It will get chilly after the sun sets so bring a light jacket and a warm hat and gloves.
Trail Length: I estimate about a 4 mile loop if we take the same route up and back. Figure about 2.5 hours for the loop, plus however long we stay at the top.
Cancellation: Wet and/or cloudy conditions.
Dogs: No dogs on this hike.
Directions: Take Broadway North past the Warm Springs/Idaho St. intersection (where the road becomes Avenue B) and follow it as it goes around St. Luke's hospital. Continue through the light at Jefferson and then turn Right onto Reserve St. at the new roundabout where the road becomes Fort St. Then, drive past the softball fields at Ft. Boise Park and take the first left at Mountain Cove Rd. (right before the fire station). Follow Mountain Cove Rd. for about 1.4 miles - it will take a sharp right and then turn to dirt/gravel. The pullout/trailhead will be on the right where you turn off to go to the shooting range (there are two other trail heads along the way, so don't stop until the last one where the private property begins).