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Pilot Trail Program Runs Through November 1, 2021

The Ridge to Rivers partnership is testing several new management strategies on trails in the Boise Foothills in 2021. The pilot program is expected to take place through November 1 and is based on industry best practices and feedback from local trail users.

2021 pilot management strategies are being implemented on the following trails with a focus on directional and separation of use opportunities:

  • Lower Hulls Gulch Trail #29 – On even numbered days of the month, the trail is closed to all downhill bike travel (open to hikers and equestrians to travel in both directions and open to uphill mountain bikers) for the duration of the pilot. On odd numbered days of the month, the trail is only open to downhill bike traffic (closed to all other users) for the duration of the pilot.
  • Polecat Loop Trail #81 – All trail users are required to travel one direction (counter-clockwise) throughout the duration of the pilot. The first half-mile of the trail from the Polecat Trailhead on Collister Drive will remain multi-directional to provide an out-and-back experience at Polecat Reserve.
  • Around the Mountain Trail #98 – All trail users are required to travel one direction (counter-clockwise) throughout the duration of the pilot. This trail is jointly managed by Ridge to Rivers and Bogus Basin.
  • Bucktail Trail #20A – A new pedestrian-only trail (Two Point Trail) has been constructed between Central Ridge and Bucktail Trail. The existing Bucktail Trail has been modified and open to downhill mountain bike travel only. Uphill mountain bike access will be via Central Ridge Trail.

New signage has been added at parking lots, trailheads, and trail junctions at pilot program locations. Volunteer trail rangers will be visiting pilot program trails to educate users and answer questions. Thank you for your patience, kindness and cooperation this season as our partnership tests these new strategies.

About Ridge to Rivers

The Boise Foothills provide a postcard backdrop that inspires and soothes the soul. An interconnected network of roads and trails courses through the hills, linking not only neighborhoods with public lands but also connecting people with the natural environment. With over 190 miles of trails, there is something for everyone. Here we provide ideas and tips about where to go, how to enjoy the foothills without damaging them and information about the area you may find interesting. As you explore, notice the diversity in the land, the plants and the animals, then imagine our community without this unique treasure. You can help protect and care for this special place by learning more about the land and its needs.

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