Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Week: Shane's Trail

Pete Zimowsky / Idaho Statesman

Shane's Trail off Rocky Canyon Road is a quick Foothills hike with panoramic views of the Valley.

This is a good time to hike the trail before it gets too hot. Parts of it are on dry, grassy slopes that bake in the afternoon sun during the summer months.

Now also is a good time to see wildflowers starting to bloom.

The trail is a good beginner hike, as well as a place to go to avoid other crowded trails in the Foothills.

Shane's Trail links to other mountain bike trails. It can be a short, quick hike or mountain bike ride, or a longer outing.

The trail is part of the Ridge to Rivers Trail System and is only about 10 minutes from Downtown.

Trail of the Week

Open to: Hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

Ideal for: Beginning hikers and families. Mountain bikers will enjoy the uphill terrain it offers.

Trailhead elevation: 2,726 feet.

Destination elevation: 3,727 feet.

Length: Varies, there are several connections to other trails.

Difficulty: Easy; harder with increased distances.

Out and back or loop: Out and back or connect with other trails.

Wildlife you might see: Fox, deer, songbirds and hawks.

Notes/bathrooms: There are no restrooms at the trailhead. Hit one at a city park before coming to the trailhead.

Information: www.ridgetorivers.org. 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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