Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Foothills Trails Clearing But Still Sloppy

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM

If you have been chomping at the bit to hit the trails like many Boiseans, be mindful. While the view from town is encouraging (sorry skiers), and many areas are clearing nicely, the reality is that most areas of the Ridge to Rivers system still have conditions varying from patchy slop to mud-pit.

Some spots are still completely covered in snow, which can make for treacherous riding and tenuous hiking. That said, if you're lucky, you may be able to string together an early season ride on dry areas with sun exposure or completely frozen early morning trails.

If you aren't sure where to go this time of year, you can always stick to roads like North Eighth Street and Rocky Canyon Road until snow clears and trails dry up a little. Hikers will have an easier go of things as long as they stay off muddy trails. Don't forget that walking around a wet section brings bad juju—widening the trail and creating maintenance issues for crews later in the year.

From the Ridge to Rivers website:

Get out early this morning to avoid muddy trails after today's thaw. Avoid trails, on north facing aspects with high clay content, after 10 a.m.. Specifically: Table Rock Trails, Cottonwood Creek, Ridge Crest, Bucktail, Red Cliffs, and Polecat Loop.

If you need a visual example, here you go:



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