A lot of bicycle commuters hate making the commute from Downtown to the Bench, especially on busy streets like Americana or Fairview.
There is a solution, and it's a quiet and pretty place.
The Greenbelt's Railroad Trestle Cutoff is a one-mile section of the Greenbelt that goes from the Boise River to Orchard and keeps walkers and cyclists out of busy traffic.
It's also an ideal place to take a lunch-time stroll, especially to see some of the wildlife in the thick brush, in the canal and along the river. The trestle bridge is a cool place to just hang out and look at the river.
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It's the best cutoff for getting from the Bench to Downtown without the hassle of traffic.
Know a trail? Call David Parker at (208) 672-6731 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trail of the Week
Open to: Walkers, runners and bicyclists.
Ideal for: Strolling, commuting or wildlife watching.
Trailhead elevation: 2,673 feet at river.
Destination elevation: 2,723 feet at Orchard Street.
Length: A mile.
Difficulty: Simple; 50-foot elevation gain.
Out and back or loop: Out and back or one way.
Wildlife you might see: Ducks, geese, herons and deer.
Notes/bathrooms: Restrooms along the Greenbelt.