At 7:30 on Friday morning we have 3" of snow that has fallen on frozen trails throughout the Foothills - enjoy!!
As a reminder, when trails are frozen and/or snow covered they are great in terms of not being damaged by recreational use. It is when they start to thaw out that bike tires, feet and hooves can cause significant damage to the soft, muddy trail tread. We will see both scenarios this weekend, so get out there while you can - like today!
The weather forecast calls for warming temperatures and rain beginning late Friday night, and continuing through the weekend. This means that the trails will in all likelihood become too soft to use by sometime Saturday. Even all-weather trails don't hold up well to rain on snow events, so as the weekend progresses you should consider other alternatives for your outdoor fix.
Here are some suggestions:
(These closures are in place to protect trail tread integrity due to high clay content soils)
Happy Winter and please use the trails responsibly!
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 220 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.
Old Pen Trail and Ridge Crest Trail are now closed for the season due to the weather. Both are expected to repoen in March 2024 when conditions improve.