A Gem Hiding In Plain Sight–Table Rock
DOWNTOWN BOISE AS SEEN FROM TABLE ROCK THROUGH A 300MM LENS
Like a silent sentinel, Table Rock stands guard over the City of Trees and provides a scenic vista equaled only in cities like Rio and perhaps a few smaller metro areas.
SUNSET VIEW FROM FEDERAL WAY
It provided the stone for the Statehouse as well as the Old Pen prison and the cross–like it or not–can be seen as a familiar landmark for miles.
The views from the mesa are spectacular and cause one to marvel when it comes to mind the Owyhee Mountains are a good 50 miles away to the south and the ridges visible to the west are close to 100 miles away. It is fun to identify one’s workplace, home, or the Depot and Capitol from the vista. To the North lies Bogus Basin and the entire Boise Front. Natural wilderness to the right and urban sprawl at your toes.
A THUNDERSTORM SOME 40 MILES DISTANT BLOWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Thursday afternoon we made the short journey to the top up Reserve Street to Table Rock Road from Fort and met half a dozen locals who were showing off their “special spot” to visiting relatives–all of them endorsed the idea of making the area a park.
NOT A WELCOMING MESSAGE
There isn’t much enthusiasm from officialdom. Past inquiries were met with concerns of traffic, kids drinking, poor road conditions, lack of security, and no railings. If those obstacles couldn’t be overcome we wouldn’t have any popular scenic views anyplace–let alone in a place that strives to become the “most livable city in America.”
THIS SIGN IS NEAR THE NO PARKING SIGN
A park is probably easier to champion than accomplish. The area is owned by the Idaho Historical Society as part of the Old Pen Museum, but is open only summer months. You can walk up anytime, but parking anywhere within a quarter mile of the gate is prohibited.
Perhaps the state would be willing to offer up the viewpoint to Boise in exchange for putting some of the cash Fish and Game is promising to pay for Hammer Flat into paving and safety improvements.