The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is offering five, day-hikes in the NCA and Snake River Canyon south of Boise during April and May. These outdoor adventures are free of charge.
The first hike is for experienced hikers. On Saturday, Apr. 18, the BLM will lead a hike to the top of Guffey Butte across the Snake River from Celebration Park. The distance is relatively short (6-7 miles), with an elevation gain of about 860 feet in the first 1.5 miles that makes this a difficult hike. Only a portion of this hike is on a trail; a good portion of it will traverse open uneven ground. Highlights will include viewing the spectacular Snake River and canyon and surrounding area from the top of the butte and spotting various birds of prey hunting or soaring on the canyon winds. Hikers will see the route of the historic South Alternate Oregon Trail as it winds down Rabbit Creek to the Snake River.
Go outside on Saturday, May 2, a day-long, 9-10 mile, flat-trail hike to Wees Bar, an area rich in cultural and natural history. View ancient petroglyphs and the stone remains of the Wees house, built about 1902. Various plants will be identified and there will be more opportunities to spot birds of prey hunting or riding the canyon winds.
Want to learn about the geology and plants that grow in the Snake River Canyon and surrounding plateau? There will be a 2-3 hour botany and geology walk in the NCA, also on May 2, for viewing plants and geologic features.
Learn how to identify raptors seen in southwest Idaho at a two-hour raptor identification lecture on Friday evening, May 8, and then practice those tips on a day-long field trip outside in the NCA the next dayMay 9.
The last full-day hike for 2015 will be on May 16, to Halverson Bar, just upriver from Celebration Park. This hike is fairly level as it follows the Snake River upstream passing remnants of old mining sites, homesteads and huge boulders scattered by the Bonneville Flood 15,000 years ago. The hike will pass by Halverson Lake on the return trip.
All hikes will be led by BLM specialists with expertise in the natural and cultural history of the area.
Advanced registration is required. To register, call Barb Forderhase at 384-3485.