April Showers Creating Muddy Conditions Across the Boise Foothills

April 4, 2024


Wet weather is expected to continue through the upcoming weekend, creating muddy conditions in the Boise Foothills. The Ridge to Rivers Trail System is highly susceptible to damage when trails are saturated, and repeated use when they are wet can lead to long-term damage. Please seek out alternative places to recreate this week, like the Boise River Greenbelt or pathways in your local park.

“The forecast calls for a fairly sizeable spring storms over the next few days,” said Ridge to Rivers Trail Manager David Gordon, “We know everyone is excited to get outside after a long winter, but these conditions unfortunately don’t mix well with trail use. Please be prepared to give the trails a break during this rain; protecting them now will help ensure they’re in good shape later this spring and summer.”

Trail users are encouraged to refer to the Ridge to Rivers Interactive Map for the most up-to-date trail conditions. Trail condition reports are also frequently posted on the Ridge to Rivers Facebook page and website. We appreciate users who follow wet weather trail etiquette, especially during inclement weather patterns like we are currently experiencing.


The Boise River Greenbelt is a great option when the trails are wet and muddy, as well as maintained roadways like Mountain Cove Road or Upper 8th Street if you’re looking to brave the elements.


Ridge to Rivers trails are located in a wildland-urban interface, home to both wild animals as well as man-made recreational opportunities. We have received multiple reports of coyote sightings throughout various areas in the Boise Foothills. Please remember, springtime is denning season for coyotes. Do not approach coyotes or wild animals along the trail, and we recommend keeping your dogs leashed at all times, even on off-leash trails, in areas where coyotes have been spotted. Thank you for respecting wildlife in the foothills, and thank you for helping to protect the integrity of the Ridge to Rivers Trail System throughout the spring season.

A muddy trail in spring time

Contact: Parks and Recreation Media Relations

(208) 608-7600 | bpr@cityofboise.org

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