Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Week: Hulls Gulch Nature Trail

It's green. It's fresh. It's a fun trail.

The Hulls Gulch National Recreation Trail in the Boise Foothills is a great interpretive hike for the whole family. Signs give tips all along the trail.

And your hike can be all downhill. If you plan to use two vehicles and park one at the lower trailhead, you can ride to the upper trailhead and have an easy hike.

The national recreation trail is the pride of the Foothills and has been the delight of a lot of school children. It's also a cool trail to show visiting relatives. They'll remember the views of the city and the valley.

Pete Zimowsky: 377-6445

Trail of the Week

Open to: Hikers only.

Ideal for: Families.

Trailhead elevation: 4,880 feet.

Destination elevation: 3,880 feet.

Length: 3.5 miles.

Difficulty: All downhill, if you do the two-car shuttle. Otherwise, it's moderate.

Out and back or loop: You can make it out and back if you don't have a shuttle vehicle. Start at the lower trailhead.

Wildlife you might see: Deer, songbirds, lizards, hawks, and rattlesnakes. You may hear chukars.

Notes/bathrooms: Outhouses are at both trailheads. The plant pictured is salsify going to seed.

Information: www.ridge to rivers.org.

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