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It's Muddy Trail Season!


Conditions this morning remain the same, however a slow change is on the way. The inversion has kept most trails frozen hard until early to mid-afternoon or longer in recent days, however we are expecting rain today beginning by late morning and sticking around through at least the early evening. This will undoubtedly begin to soften things up - producing slushy conditions along trails that are currently covered in hard ice, and mud on those that have melted off.

You should still find frozen conditions this morning however, so head out early with good traction on your feet or wheels - trails will range from frozen mud, to glacial ice, to snow as you ascend in elevation.

With clearing skies and slightly warmer daytime highs forecast beginning tomorrow, it will become increasingly important for you to time your trail outing correctly. We will see an increase in muddy conditions that lead to trail damage when users decide to push through them. Don't be that person. Plan earlier outings, and turn around if you hit mud. There is unfortunately plenty of evidence out there of badly damaged trails already - and this type of damage cannot be repaired. Please help our trail system remain something that we can all enjoy by using trails responsibly.

For a list of alternatives and more information on avoiding muddy trails, please continue to refer to the Winter Trail Use webpage.

If you are out on trails today, feel free to help others out by posting pictures or trail reports of your own to the Ridge to Rivers Facebook page. This will help all of us get a better idea of how conditions are progressing through these dry, cold days that we’ve been experiencing.

Fat Tire Traverse / Freestone Ridge Junction

Freestone Ridge Trail

Polecat Loop Trail

A rare snow-free spot on Polecat Loop Trail

Muddy Trail Information

Not sure where to hike or hike when conditions are wet or muddy? Please visit our Winter Trail Use page for a list of trails to avoid, all-weather trails and good bets.

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.