Hiking & Trails

Halverson Lake Trail (Easy)

The Snake River Canyon is a great place for late or early season hiking. Heck, it's actually good for year- round hiking if you can stand some hot summer weather or cold winter wind. It usually remains snow-free, and the sandy soil along the bottom of canyon drains pretty well, so you usually don't have to deal with mud.

The trail follows the river bottom to the lakes, but there also are lots of places you can just wander through the water-polished rocks and sagebrush.

This trail also could provide a longer hike or an overnight trip if you ran a shuttle vehicle between Celebration Park and Swan Falls Dam.

HOW TO GET THERE: From I-84 take the Kuna/Meridian Road, continue south on Victory Lane and Warren Spur Road to Can-Ada Road, then follow the signs to Celebration Park. The trailhead is at the end of the dirt road that heads upstream.

Open to: Hikers, bikers and horse riders.

Ideal for: Getting on a trail when every place else is snowy or muddy.

Trailhead elevation: 2,400 feet.

Destination elevation: About the same.

Length: 2.5 miles to the lakes.

Difficulty: Easy.

Out and back or loop: Out and back or shuttle if you go all the way to Swan Falls Dam.

Wildlife you might see: Deer, waterfowl, raptors, coyotes.

Notes/bathrooms: Bathrooms are at Celebration Park, but they might be closed during winter.

Information: www.canyoncounty.org/parks/default.php

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.

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