Ras and Kathy Vaughan linked the Pacific Crest Trail, Oregon Desert Trail, Pacific Northwest Trail and Idaho Centennial Trail to create the 2,600-mile UltraPedestrian North Loop, which begins near Boise, Idaho.
Ridge to Rivers trail system launched a beta interactive map that lets hikers and bikers get a 3D look at trails before heading out. It features a geolocation feature that could be helpful if you get lost.
The city of Boise has added a new reserve in the Boise Foothills, the Peace Valley Overlook Reserve in the Barber Valley. The city plans improvements to the Table Rock trail system, including improved parking for the Tram trail.
After Adam Andersen’s avalanche-related death, his wife, Summer, created the nonprofit Adam Andersen Avalanche Project and raised money to install avalanche warning signs in eastern Idaho’s Island Park.
At least six new trail projects are in the works in the Boise Foothills — including trails in the Military Reserve, Stack Rock, Hidden Springs, Dry Creek and Avimor areas. Plus, there’s a plan for the first Ridge to Rivers trail built exclusively for mountain bikes and expansion of a popular trailhead.
The Hulls Gulch National Recreation Trail, aka the Hulls Gulch Interpretive Trail, is one of the gems of the Ridge to Rivers system in part because of the unusual combination of a remote feel and vehicle access. You'll also get lessons about history and wildlife while surrounded by bird chatter.
The Perjue Canyon hiking trail in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness in the Owyhees of Southwest Idaho is a beautiful hike through a little-explored area. You could see bighorn sheep, rattlesnakes and many wildflowers.
Drone video offers a raptor's-eye view of Stack Rock, human forms glimpsed, then swallowed by mist, then emerging again -- a nice sense of what it's like to stand on top and watch Mother Nature play her game of hide and seek.
Cougars — also known as mountain lions — are common in Idaho. It's far less common to see them, and almost unheard of for one of the cats to kill a human. The last documented case of a cougar killing a person in Idaho was in the late 1800s or early 1900s.
The nonprofit Land Trust of the Treasure Valley just bought 560 acres in the Foothills between Stack Rock Reserve and Avimor, a planned community north of Boise. The purchase opens the door to public trails linking Boise to Avimor.