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Winter Trail Use: Stay Off Muddy Trails

Trail Update

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH TRAIL CONDITION REPORT:
Trails are frozen with a skiff of snow on them at 7:30 this morning. This means that all of them will be good-to-go until late morning when temps climb high enough to soften the soil and turn the snow to rain. At that point it will be imperative to stay on sandy trails, and away from any trails where you find yourself leaving tracks, or trying to avoid the mud by traveling off-trail.
Sadly, the system is really getting hammered this winter. Even with close to 3,000 people reading these posts daily, the evidence of people continuing to use the trails regardless of conditions is very clear. Make no mistake - this kind of continued use will not heal itself in the spring. We will end up with wider, rougher and more deeply eroded trails - and these problems can't be fixed by a trail crew. Please do your part - stay off of muddy trails, and ask others to do the same.
Please reference our website's winter trails page for good sandy and all-weather trail options within the trail system: https://www.ridgetorivers.org/etiquette/winter-trail-use/

TABLE ROCK TRAILS remain OPEN this morning, however we will re-evaluate conditions there early this afternoon.

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Ridgecrest Trail - A "no-go" under these conditions

Mountain Cove Trail - sandier soils and clearly a better choice

Table Rock Trail early afternoon yesterday


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.