Outdoors Blog

Popular trail to Stack Rock closed for about two months

Stack Rock Reserve draws many recreationists into the upper Foothills, particularly in summer.
Stack Rock Reserve draws many recreationists into the upper Foothills, particularly in summer.

Trail to Stack Rock — the shortest route to a popular spot in the Boise Foothills — will be closed for about two months because of logging operations. The closure begins Friday.

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 private landowners. It isn’t part of the Ridge to Rivers system.

The logging operation in the area is intended to combat invasive mistletoe, according to the Land Trust. More resilient trees will be planted to replace the removed trees.

“Logging and recreation do not mix well, so it is best for the public’s safety to close the trail temporarily to allow the work to be conducted as quickly as possible,” Land Trust Executive Director Tim Breuer said in a press release. “We are grateful to the owners for allowing public access on their private land and they deserve our support and cooperation while they strive to maintain a healthy forest.”

Feedback sought on Camel’s Back plan

From Boise Parks and Rec:

Boise Parks and Recreation invites neighbors to provide input on the options for the restoration of the Camel’s Back Chute. Design options will be presented at the meeting. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. June 9 at Camel’s Back Park Picnic Area, 1200 W Heron St.

A project to stabilize a rapidly eroding hillside would also enhance public access and increase native vegetation in Camel’s Back Park. The proposed project builds on mitigation efforts that began in 2006. Boise Parks and Recreation has allocated $115,000 from the repair and maintenance budget.

If you are unable to attend, please submit your comments to Toby Norton, project coordinator, tnorton@cityofboise.org or (208) 608-7635.

More chinook seasons close

From Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune:

Idaho fishing seasons for spring chinook will close on the lower Salmon River and the Snake River in Hells Canyon on Thursday evening.

Anglers fishing the Lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers last week harvested 2,110 adult spring chinook, about 63 percent of the state's estimated quota for the run returning to the Rapid River hatchery. In the previous two weeks, anglers caught just 426 chinook from the two rivers.

Joe DuPont, regional fisheries manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at Lewiston, said in an update that good fishing conditions, combined with high effort from the three-day weekend and the arrival of the bulk of the run, produced high catch rates that made the closure necessary.

“If we don't make some closures soon, we could have to shut down the entire Rapid River run fishery by this weekend,” he said.

Fishing on the Salmon River will close between Rice Creek Bridge and the Vinegar Creek boat ramp. Fishing will remain open on the Little Salmon River.

Harvest was heaviest last week on the section of the Lower Salmon between Time Zone Bridge and the mouth of Shorts Creek, sometimes called the Park Hole, where anglers caught and kept 615 chinook and averaged 10 hours of fishing for each chinook landed.

Boulder-White Clouds guide book available

Idaho author and photographer Matt Leidecker has produced a guide book to the Boulder-White Clouds, home of Idaho’s three newest wilderness areas. He is pre-selling the books through kickstarter.com. The book is titled “Exploring the Boulder-White Clouds — A Comprehensive Guide.”

Check out Tamarack’s osprey nest cam

These birds live in the high-rent district. The nest is on top of a crane.