Hiking & Trails

Currant Trail (Easy)

The Currant Trail is part of a small network of trails between Cartwright and Dry Creek roads that offer hiking in the Foothills northwest of Boise.

The Currant Trail runs for about a mile right next to the creek. There's ample brush and a small grove of trees that provide nice wildlife habitat.

The Currant Trail is a good winter hike because it's mostly shaded from the sun, so it's more likely to stay frozen in the winter. It also holds snow longer than nearby trails, which can quickly get muddy when the afternoon suns beats down on them. People have even been known to ski on this trail when there's several inches of snow on the ground. But beware, there are plenty of rocks beneath the snow. Open to: Hikers, bikers, horses.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take Pierce Park Lane to Cartwright Road and turn west. Take Cartwright to the trailhead about 1/2 mile past the intersection with Dry Creek Road.

Ideal for: A short winter hike with very little climbing.

Trailhead elevation: 3,139 feet.

Destination elevation: 2,945 feet.

Length: About 2 miles.

Difficulty: Easy.

Out and back or loop: Out and back, with loop opportunities when weather allows use of other connecting trails.

Wildlife you might see: Quail, Hungarian partridge, magpies, kestrels, deer.

Notes/bathrooms: No bathrooms.

Information: Check out a Ridge to Rivers map or visit www.ridgetorivers.org.

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