A couple of huns flushed out of the sagebrush, their wings sending drumming sounds across the side slope of the hill.
It was a surprise, but it added to the natural, deserty feel of the hike above Foote Park near Lucky Peak Dam.
There's an old jeep trail that leaves the Lydle Gulch Road and goes up a side hill toward Boise. You can see it from the closed gate off the Foote Park road.
Park near the gate and head up the road. Soon you'll come to a vista where you can see Boise framed in the rimrock canyon of the Boise River.
Trail of the Week
Open to: Walkers, hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
Ideal for: A short hike with the dog.
Trailhead elevation: 3,060 feet. GPS: 43° 31.235N; 116° 03.378W.
Destination elevation: 3,167 feet.
Length: Less than a mile.
Difficulty: Slight uphill.
Out and back or loop: Out and back.
Wildlife you might see: Deer, huns (gray partridge), hawks and songbirds.
Notes/bathrooms: An outhouse is at Barclay Bay boat ramp. As you reach the top of the trail and a gate, you enter BLM and private land.
Information: Lucky Peak Dam, 343-0671.
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