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Expect a mix of dry, frozen, and muddy on the trails today. Yesterday afternoon I found mostly dry conditions at lower elevations in the Camel's Back / 8th Street region. Red Fox, Owl's Roost and lower Kestrel were in good shape, but Kestrel near the top was sloppy. Same goes for Red Cliffs; it was too muddy. Lower Hulls Gulch was dry in some places and snow/ice covered in others. In general snow and ice is OK to walk on (doesn't damage the trail), but it can be dangerous- proceed with caution! Traction devices are a good option when traveling on frozen trails.
In other areas, I suspect more of the same thing.. Lower elevation trails with sandier soils and good sun exposure should be mostly dried out- however, there will likely be patches of mud and ice in shady areas. Remember to turn around if you encounter long patches of mud.
Also, please remember to obey the Special Trail Management rules, as they still apply in the winter time. Examples of Special Trail Management are even/odd days on Lower Hulls Gulch and one-directional travel on Polecat. More information on Special Trail Management can be found here:
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Lower Hulls Gulch

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Using trails when they are muddy is the leading cause of trail damage on the Ridge to Rivers system.

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About Ridge to Rivers

The Boise Foothills provide a postcard backdrop that inspires and soothes the soul. An interconnected network of roads and trails courses through the hills, linking not only neighborhoods with public lands but also connecting people with the natural environment. With over 190 miles of trails, there is something for everyone. Here we provide ideas and tips about where to go, how to enjoy the foothills without damaging them and information about the area you may find interesting. As you explore, notice the diversity in the land, the plants and the animals, then imagine our community without this unique treasure. You can help protect and care for this special place by learning more about the land and its needs.