Hiking & Trails

Table Rock trails are back open, rehab continues after fire

Many trails appear as a brown strip amid black ground.
Many trails appear as a brown strip amid black ground. BLM Boise District

Signs and caution tape are no longer at the Old Pen trailhead or the entrance to Tram Trail. But the Homestead trail, which passes through the Boise River Wildlife Management Area, remains closed. And you still can’t drive to the top of Table Rock, Boise Parks and Recreation announced Tuesday.

The city, Ridge to Rivers and the Idaho State Historical Society warn that temporary closures may still happen as rehabilitation work continues following Thursday’s damaging fire. Flames covered 2,500 acres surrounding Table Rock, including all 164 acres that the city owns, and burned down one house.

Authorities quickly closed the trail system, both to allow fire cleanup efforts to finish and to assess the damage. The burned portion of the Boise River WMA, for example, could “look pretty rough for a while — a couple of years,” wildlife biologist Krista Muller previously told the Statesman.

Tuesday’s announcement stressed that hikers must — must — stay on the trails to protect them from further damage during rehab and recovery. It also emphasized that the area remains off-limits for motorized use.

Follow this link to see more photos of the burned area around the trails.

Firefighters battle an early morning blaze in June 2016.