Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Week: Pleasant Valley Road trails

Roger Phillips / Idaho Statesman

If you're one of those folks who doesn't need trailheads, signed trails, outhouses and other improvements, the trails off Pleasant Valley Road will get you out in the dirt.

The roads and trails crisscross the desert south of Boise on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. There's a vast network of trails and roads, and it will take a bit of exploring to figure them out.

This is a great time of year to go exploring. The trails are drying out fast, and the weather is warm. In a few months, they will get dry, dusty and scorching hot.

Trail of the Week

Open to: Motorcycles, ATVs, four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Ideal for: Spring desert riding.

Trailhead elevation: About 2,900 feet.

Destination elevation: Varies, but there's not a lot of elevation gain or loss.

Length: Varies. You choose.

Difficulty: Moderately difficult. Trails are wide and relatively flat, but they aren't smooth.

Out and back or loop: Both.

Wildlife you might see: Lots of ground squirrels.

Notes/bathrooms: Watch for people shooting in the area. It's a popular plinking area.

Information: Call the BLM office s at (208) 384-3300.

If there's 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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