FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST AND WEEKEND TRAILS CONDITION REPORT:
Beginning with the good news this morning, the forecast is indicating that we just might have a half day reprieve from any more rain and snow today. This should give anyone that decided to take a break and stay inside yesterday to avoid the wet conditions the opportunity to get out to the Greenbelt or one of the unmaintained Foothill roads. We are still advising everyone to give the Lower Foothill trails a break for a while as yesterday’s snow continues to melt off. Trail conditions throughout the system are sure to be quite soggy today, even in sandy and “all-weather” trail locations. The bottom line is that there is just a whole lot of moisture at the surface level of the ground right now.
The bad news for anyone that was looking forward to being on Foothill trails this weekend, as indicated by the weekend forecast, is that we appear to be in for another round of significant precipitation beginning this evening and continuing into the day on Saturday. Again, conditions are already very wet, so more precipitation this weekend is going to continue to set the outlook for drier conditions back further into next week. Please continue to reference thepage for pertinent information on how to plan your outdoor recreation around these very wet periods. Again, paved and unmaintained paths and/or roads continue to be the best alternative to muddy Foothill trails right now.
Theshould indicate that Lower Foothill trails remain quite muddy, despite the lingering snow early this morning, and that higher elevation trails are now snow covered once again. We will look to update these conditions later in the day should any of these trail conditions change.
Using trails when they are muddy is the leading cause of trail damage on the Ridge to Rivers system.
Hawkins Reserve Encompasses Important Wildlife Habitat
A new, fully accessible pedestrian-only trail that will connect with and parallel the current Grove Trail in Hulls Gulch Reserve. The approximately .4 mile section will turn the trail into a loop creating a longer trail experience for users.Learn More
The relocation of a portion of Red Fox Trail in Camel’s Back Reserve to mitigate the build-up of deep sand that can inhibit use for those in wheel-chairs or who use other devices to improve mobility. The 100 foot long reroute will also improve safety and connect users with other accessible trails nearby.Learn More
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.