Hiking & Trails

Eagle-watching trail (Easy)

Screech! Screech!

Three bald eagles groused at each other as they jockeyed for position on a perch Monday near the bottom of Lucky Peak Dam.

The area is attracting up to 18 eagles at a time and makes for a perfect eagle-watching walk, jog or bike ride.

"It's impressive," said Jody Hadley of Boise. He's a photographer and has been watching the birds constantly. "I've never seen this many eagles. I saw eight on Saturday and a woman saw 18 on Friday."

The birds are fishing in the area and it's a good hike or ride in the canyon from Diversion Dam to Lucky Peak Dam.

HOW TO GET THERE: Drive out Warm Springs Avenue to Idaho 21 and park at the Diversion Dam parking lot on the left.

Open to: Bicyclists, hikers and runners.

Ideal for: Those who want a leisurely stroll.

Trailhead elevation: At the parking lot across Idaho 21 from Diversion Dam: GPS coordinates are 43 degrees,32.326 N; 116 degrees,05.555W; 2,813 feet.

Destination elevation: At the parking lot near Lucky Peak Dam: GPS coordinates are 43 degrees, 31.625; 116 degrees, 03.773W; 2,839 feet.

Length: 1.98 miles from Diversion Dam to Lucky Peak Dam on the pathway.

Difficulty: Easy.

Out and back or loop: Out and back.

Wildlife you might see: Eagles and gulls.

Notes/bathrooms: Restrooms are at Discovery State Park. About the wildlife: Please don't disturb the eagles. Watch them at a distance.

Information: None. Just do it.

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