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New trail could add to hiking, biking options at Lucky Peak

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A new trail could come to the shores of the Lucky Peak Reservoir.

The US Army Corps of Engineers will take public comment through August 20th on a new 8-mile singletrack hiking and biking trail. The proposed Lakeview Trail would run near the shoreline on the southern bank of the reservoir from Lydle Gulch to Pacer Point.

The project would take several years to reach full buildout and could see a future extension depending on use.

“In areas behind clumped recreation sites, the trail would provide a safe path from those sites to nearby vault toilets and be maintained as a 10′ wide fire mitigation measure,” The US Army Corps of Engineers wrote about the project on Facebook.

“Non-motorized recreation trails are in high demand in the Boise area as activities including mountain biking, hiking, picnicking, and nature study have increased in recent years,” the Corps wrote in an Environmental Impact Study of the project. “The project is primarily on Corps land; however, it crosses jurisdictional boundaries into small portions of BLM-administered lands and Idaho Fish and Game (IDFG) property.”

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The trail would close from November 15 through May 1 of each year to ensure use doesn’t impact big game, and keep erosion from muddy trails down. A locked gate would keep folks out during those late fall, winter and early spring times.

You can share feedback on the project by sending an email to NEPANWW@usace.army.mil, with “LP Trail EA” in the subject line.

Lucky Peak Lake
The dark black line on this map shows the proposed trail route along the southern shore of the reservoir. Via US Army Corps of Engineers

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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