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Trail to Stack Rock in Boise Foothills closed full time again

Hiking to Stack Rock in the Boise Foothills

Most of the trail system around Stack Rock is part of the Ridge to Rivers system. The 2-mile Trail to Stack Rock begins near mile marker 13 on Bogus Basin Road and connects to the top of Sweet Connie.
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Most of the trail system around Stack Rock is part of the Ridge to Rivers system. The 2-mile Trail to Stack Rock begins near mile marker 13 on Bogus Basin Road and connects to the top of Sweet Connie.

Trail to Stack Rock is closed full time again — and the closure is indefinite.

Trail to Stack Rock, also known as Entrance Exam, is the shortest route to the Stack Rock Reserve trail system. It was closed in early June for an expected two months. It was re-opened on weekends only in August.

Now, the trail will be closed seven days a week again.

“The private owners have been logging their private land to combat trees infected by mistletoe and beetle infestations,” said Tim Breuer, executive director of the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley. “The extent of the disease has required additional logging. And the trail is in pretty rough shape and not safe for public use. We hope to get it open as soon as possible.”

The 2-mile trail begins near mile marker 13 on Bogus Basin Road and connects to the top of Sweet Connie.

During the closure, the best route to Stack Rock Reserve is the 6.4-mile Eastside Trail that begins near Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area.

Trail to Stack Rock is operated by the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley through an easement provided by the private landowners. It isn’t part of the Ridge to Rivers system.

The problems with dwarf mistletoe and bark beetles on the land around the Trail to Stack Rock are similar to the issues the Boise National Forest plans to attack at Bogus Basin next year.

Take a quick tour of the damage done to Bogus Basin's forest by dwarf mistletoe and bark beetles.

The forest at Bogus Basin ski area is dying, the Boise National Forest says. Here's the plan to address the problem.

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