Ask Zimo: Have a flowery Foothills Mother's Day hike on Sunday

pzimowsky@idahostatesman.comMay 8, 2014 

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Mothers' Day lupine at Miller Gulch in the Foothills.

PETE ZIMOWSKY — pzimowsky@idahostatesman.com

The hillside is full of Mother's Day lupine on the Miller Gulch Trail in the Boise Foothills. The Foothills have exploded in an array of yellows, blues and creamy whites that will make a natural greeting card for Mom.

I got several questions whether the flowers will be in bloom this weekend.

So, I headed up the trail on Tuesday and the flowers were awesome. I've been checking out these flowers for a few years now, and I'm always blown away by the vivid colors and abundance of the plants in one concentrated spot. Check out the photo the right.

It's also one of the best places to get photos of lupine.

They should still be spectacular on Sunday barring a freeze or windstorm.

The Miller Gulch Trailhead is about 10 minutes up Bogus Basin Road. There's a restroom and plenty of parking at the trailhead to the right of the road.

The hike to the patch of wildflowers can be slightly strenuous for some folks. It's about 550 uphill steps and an elevation gain of about 102 feet.

It can also be hot on the open slopes in the afternoon if it's a warm, sunny day. There's no drinking water at the recreation site.

You'll have to hike over a couple of hills, but when you top the crest of the hill and see the flowers against the backdrop of the Foothills, it's unforgettable.

If you want to go on longer day hikes, I've seen trillium, larkspur, glacier lilies and other flowers at about 4,000 to 5,000 feet in elevation.

Paintbrush and white camas are blooming along the Salmon River near White Bird. The arrowleaf balsamroot in the Boise Foothills has been the best I've ever seen. Happy Mother's Day.

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445, Twitter: @Zimosoutdoors

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