Hiking & Trails

Blacks Creek WMA Trail (Easy to moderate)

That's not its real name, but it's what we're calling it to avoid confusing people. This is a dirt road that is part of the Boise River Wildlife Management Area, but most people think of the Boise River WMA as in the Foothills and the areas around Hill Top on Idaho 21. The WMA stretches all the way to Blacks Creek Road east of Boise.

It's a good early season hike and a place to go off trail. The road is closed to motorized vehicles in the winter and spring to protect its surface and wintering wildlife. You can hike up the road all the way to Lucky Peak if you want, but it would be a long hike. Instead, take a stroll and watch for wildlife, but give them wide berth. It's still winter, and they need to conserve energy.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take I-84 east from Boise to the Blacks Creek exit. Go north (left) and take the left fork when the road splits. Go 8.2 miles from the exit and look for a gate on the left.

Open to: Hikers.

Ideal for: Early season hike, possibly mountain bike ride when it dries a little more.

Trailhead elevation: 4,000 feet.

Destination elevation: It varies.

Length: It depends on how far you want to hike.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate depending on length and how much climbing you want to do.

Out and back or loop: Out and back.

Wildlife you might see: Deer, elk, pronghorns, coyotes, quail.

Notes: Don't block the gate when you park.

Information: Check it out for yourself. If you've hiked or biked a trail you'd like to see featured, call Niki Forbing-Orr at (208) 377-6446, or e-mail outdoors@ idahostatesman.com. Articles and photos submitted to The Idaho Statesman may be published or distributed in print, electronic or other forms.