Construction is expected to begin in early May on a new Polecat Gulch Reserve Trailhead at the north end of Collister Drive in Northwest Boise, Boise Parks and Recreation announced Wednesday, April 30.
The new trailhead facility will include a 15-stall gravel parking lot with a solar-powered access gate and gravel access road, a vault toilet, fencing, hydro-seeding and soil stabilization. Work is expected to be completed by early July.
Because of safety concerns, trail access from Collister will be closed during construction. Trail users can access Polecat Gulch from the Cartwright Road trailhead on the north side of the reserve.
Western Idaho Construction and Landscape is the contractor for the $81,743.60 project. Funding is provided by the City of Boise.
The 834-acre Polecat Gulch Reserve is managed by Boise Parks & Recreation. Located between Cartwright and Collister Roads, Polecat Gulch features 8 miles of trails and mature vegetation that supports mule deer year round. Polecat is also home to a large population of Aase's onion, a rare plant found in the Boise Foothills.