Bogus Basin Trail May Come to Ridge to Rivers 

Grant funding and impact study forthcoming

A number of new trails could be added, one as early as this summer, to the Ridge to Rivers Trail System if grant funding and an environmental impact study get approved.

Ridge to Rivers has requested grant funding to create an eight-mile "Around the Mountain" trail at Bogus Basin, said David Gordon, Ridge to Rivers trail coordinator. The grant request to the Non-motorized Recreational Trails Program Grants is for $66,000 of the $100,000 needed for the project. A decision is expected in early May.

Two trails located on Bureau of Land Management land could be connected by summer if an environmental impact study clears their use. Plans call for the connection of the 1.3-mile Bob's Trail, the 4.75-mile Corrals Trail and a newly created small loop.

"Hopefully, that project does go through and, hopefully, it goes through this summer, but we can't do anything until that analysis is complete," said Gordon.

The city is also gearing up for two volunteer trail system events this summer.

The first is the annual trail user survey on Saturday, May 19, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Dozens of volunteers will be stationed at 12 trail access points to conduct the survey. Interested volunteers should contact Jerry Pugh, volunteer coordinator for the City of Boise Parks and Recreation, at 208-608-7617.

In June, Ridge to Rivers will partner with REI to completely realign a trail for National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2. With the help of up to 40 volunteers, a crew will realign a small piece of the Freestone Creek Trail in the Military Reserve. The stretch to be closed is about 300 feet long. The new stretch will be roughly 400-500 feet long.

"It's an erosion problem every year," Gordon said. "The trails alignment is in a bad location. We are gonna close [the eroding part] and revegetate it and realign it in a more sustainable location."

Though the Ridge to Rivers system doesn't have the ability to formally close any trails, the voluntary closures that were in place through the winter and early spring have now all been lifted. Routine maintenance of all trails is now under way.

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