Trail of the Week: The Greenbelt's Railroad Trestle Cutoff

pzimowsky@idahostatesman.comOctober 11, 2007 

A lot of bicycle commuters hate making the commute from Downtown to the Bench, especially on busy streets like Americana or Fairview.

There is a solution, and it's a quiet and pretty place.

The Greenbelt's Railroad Trestle Cutoff is a one-mile section of the Greenbelt that goes from the Boise River to Orchard and keeps walkers and cyclists out of busy traffic.

It's also an ideal place to take a lunch-time stroll, especially to see some of the wildlife in the thick brush, in the canal and along the river. The trestle bridge is a cool place to just hang out and look at the river.

It's the best cutoff for getting from the Bench to Downtown without the hassle of traffic.

Know a trail? Call David Parker at (208) 672-6731 or e-mail

Trail of the Week

Open to: Walkers, runners and bicyclists.

Ideal for: Strolling, commuting or wildlife watching.

Trailhead elevation: 2,673 feet at river.

Destination elevation: 2,723 feet at Orchard Street.

Length: A mile.

Difficulty: Simple; 50-foot elevation gain.

Out and back or loop: Out and back or one way.

Wildlife you might see: Ducks, geese, herons and deer.

Notes/bathrooms: Restrooms along the Greenbelt.

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