Hiking to Stack Rock in the Boise Foothills
The shortest route to the popular Stack Rock Reserve in the Boise Foothills has re-opened after a nearly year-long closure for logging to remove diseased trees.
Trail to Stack Rock, also known as Entrance Exam, connects Bogus Basin Road to the Stack Rock trail system. It was closed in early June 2016 and was re-opened for weekends only in August. It was closed again in September indefinitely.
The 1.8-mile trail begins near mile marker 13 on Bogus Basin Road. The best alternative was a 6.4-mile trail (Eastside).
Trail to Stack Rock is operated by the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley through easements provided by three private landowners in 2013.
Trail to Stack Rock is open to non-motorized users, including bicycles. Some logging activity will continue, followed by re-forestation.
“We are fortunate that these landowners allow public access across their private land on the marked trail,” said Tim Breuer, director of The Land Trust. “It’s the direct route to Stack Rock and an important and popular trail, particularly for hikers.”
The Land Trust reminds users that the easements are revocable, so it’s important to stay on the marked trail.
“(Users) will find that the trail is a bit rough, so caution is advised, but the trail is passable,” Breuer said. “Users should also be on the lookout for logging traffic along the route.”
The trail alignment is roughly the same as before but it will look much different to those who haven’t been using the trail while it was closed.
“After all the work done to remove the diseased trees, it looks pretty different,” said Julia Rundberg, the communications and development manager for the Land Trust. “A lot of it is hard hit. The route will be signed. Watch for our signs and you should be able to get through.”