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On the Trail: Owls Roost Trail

The Owls Roost trail features one of the best all-weather surfaces in the Foothills.
The Owls Roost trail features one of the best all-weather surfaces in the Foothills. ccripe@idahostatesman.com

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The Treasure Valley’s wide array of spring weather creates a guessing game for avid users of the Boise Foothills, most of whom know to stay off wet or muddy trails. The Owls Roost Trail at Hulls Gulch Reserve at the north end of 8th Street is perfect for soggy days — particularly if all you’re looking for is a nice walk.

Great horned owls and red-tailed hawks nest near the trail and like to hang out in the trees.

“That trail is pretty much always good, no matter what the weather,” Sara Arkle of Boise Parks and Rec said. “There are no steep slopes, it’s all-weather material and it’s nice and wide.”

Owls Roost runs through the Hulls Gulch trail system, providing connections to other trails to create longer loops for running and mountain biking. On a recent run, I took Owls Roost from the Foothills Learning Center to the Gold Finch trail that loops around the pond, the Red Fox Trail and the Chickadee Ridge Trail, then headed back to the Learning Center via The Grove trail and started again.

▪ Stats: Owls Roost covers about three-quarters of a mile and has about a 100-foot elevation difference end to end.

▪ Getting there: The end points of Owls Roost are at the Grove Trailhead parking lot on 8th Street and the Lower Hulls Gulch Trailhead by the Foothills Learning Center, which requires use of a gravel road. To access Owls Roost from the Lower Hulls Gulch lot, follow the Kestrel Trail for about a tenth of a mile.

▪ Trail info: For daily updates on Foothills trail conditions, check Facebook.com/BoiseFoothillsTrailConditions.