Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Week: Danskin is open for riders

Roger Phillips / Idaho Statesman

The Danskin trails east of Boise usually don't open until April 10, but Forest Service officials opened them early this year because of the mild weather. You may still encounter some snow at the higher elevations or on north-facing areas. The trails have not been maintained yet this year, and there are some slumps and ruts, so people should use caution. There is a slump on trail 317 in the vicinity of Little Fiddler Flat at Pole Creek crossing that is difficult, but not impossible to negotiate, according to a news release from the Forest Service.

The Danskin system spans 60,000 acres and includes more than 150 miles of trails.

Trail of the Week

Open to: Motorcycles, some ATV trails, mountain bikes.

Ideal for: Motorcycles.

Trailhead elevation: About 3,500 feet.

Destination elevation: Varies.

Length: Varies.

Difficulty: Trails are for all abilities of trail riders, but this is not beginner terrain. All trails cover steep country.

Out and back or loop: Series of loops.

Wildlife you might see: Deer, turkeys, coyotes.

Notes/bathrooms: Bathrooms are located at trailheads.

Information: Get a map of the trail system at the Forest Service office, 1387 Vinnell Way in Boise. For trail information call (208) 587-7961

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