Two hawks danced in flight on the edge of the rimrock overlooking Diversion Reservoir.
Can this be right off Idaho 21? Can this be minutes from town and in ear shot of a busy highway?
Yes, it can. The old Jeep trail that is now a foot trail along the south side of Diversion Reservoir is a good place for a quick hike.
The trail goes through some neck-high sagebrush and along lava-rock boulder fields.
You're likely to bump into some deer and see cottontail rabbits and an assortment of ducks. And yes, even the dancing hawks. The Diversion Reservoir trail is a good afternoon hike, if you don't mind the traffic noise.
HOW TO GET THERE: Turn off Idaho 21 at Lucky Peak Dam; go .8 miles and turn down the road to Foote Park. The trailhead is at the end of the road.
Open to: Hikers and mountain bikers.
Ideal for: Hikers. It's too short for a bike ride.
Trailhead elevation: 2,862 feet (GPS, 43¡ 31.405N; 116¡ 03.871W).
Destination elevation: 2,983 feet (GPS, 43¡ 32.132N, 116¡ 05.553W.
Length: 1.66 miles; 3.32 miles round trip.
Difficulty: It's mostly flat, but the trail is rocky in spots. Wear good hiking shoes.
Out and back or loop: Out and back.
Wildlife you might see: Hawks, eagles, goldeneyes, flickers, ducks, songbirds, deer, rabbits, and rattlesnakes as the weather warms.
Notes/bathrooms: An outhouse is located at the picnic area at the trailhead. Watch out for leg-hold traps. Someone posted signs warning of them. Don't let your dog run loose.
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