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Proposed Ridge to Rivers Master Plan: On-Leash 'Buffer Zone,' Slower Biking

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A Ridge to Rivers November 2015 workshop brought out more than 60 people to chart the future of the foothills. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • A Ridge to Rivers November 2015 workshop brought out more than 60 people to chart the future of the foothills.


Boise citizens who frequent the foothills will undoubtedly want to weigh in on the city's proposed 10-year master plan, which offers no fewer than 17 action items in phase one of the blueprint and more to come in two subsequent phases.

The draft management plan was unveiled April 18 and will be front-and-center and ripe for comment at an open house, slated for Thursday, April 21 at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center at 3188 Sunset Peak Road, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Among the items included in the first phase of the master plan:
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    A 200-foot "buffer zone" beginning at trailheads, where pets would need to remain on-leash. In particular, the plan includes the Hillside to Hollow, Camel's Back, Hulls Gulch, Table Rock and Military Reserve trails.

  • A more structured weather-related trail closure schedule.
  • Proposed construction of new downhill mountain bike trails, possibly at the Lower Hulls Gulch, Sidewinder or Fat Tire Traverse trails.
  • Prohibiting mountain biking traffic on Red Cliffs, Freestone Ridge and Central Ridge trails.
  • Creation of a new greenway path, connecting Boise to the foothills.
  • Greater ADA access to trails.
  • Proposed "slow zones" to reduce mountain bike speeds on Camel's Back, Lower Hulls Gulch and Military Reserve trails.
Read the full Ridge to Rivers draft plan by clicking here.