Outdoors

Tip of the helmet to trail crews

I rode Polecat Trail in Northwest Boise after recent rainstorms, and I was a little nervous how it held up after rain and some trail abuse from people walking on it when it was wet. This trail stays muddy longer than most, and it's had some recent erosion problems. 

I was pleasantly surprised to find the trail in great shape, and in numerous places signs that people had been out repairing damaged tread and cleaning out water bars. 

The trail looks great, and it's a really fun ride. I found out later part of the work was done by volunteers from Payette Brewing Company and Idaho Power. That made me feel even better. Ridge to Rivers crews work hard, but they are few and there are many miles of trails to maintain. Add to that big rainstorms and clueless trail abusers and the backlog of maintenance can quickly grow. 

Trails are a great amenity to the Treasure Valley, and thanks to all who work to make them better. It can't be said often enough. You make a difference, and your work doesn't go unnoticed or unappreciated. 

Click here learn about a major trailhead project at Polecat starting in early May. 

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