The Dry Creek Area/West Boise Foothills is one of the three priority areas identified for Foothills land preservation prior to the passage of the $10 million Foothills Levy in 2001. Polecat Gulch Reserve was created in 2002 with the acquisition from the Blessinger family of 120 acres of undeveloped open space. Subsequent additions include the purchase of 40 acres from Bluegrass LLC in 2005, 80 acres from Linda Dengler in 2005, a 360 acre Bureau of Land Management parcel acquired in 2008 via a land exchange and 80 acres from Sterling Savings Bank in 2010 which included a 70-acre conservation easement previously donated to the City. The entire Polecat Gulch Reserve totals 834 acres between Cartwright and Collister Roads. The city has allocated a total of $3 million in serial levy funds for property acquisition in this area. A trailhead accessible from N. Collister is planned for late 2013.
Polecat Gulch features eight miles of trails and is home to mature vegetation that supports mule deer year round and a substantial population of Aase's onion, a rare plant found in the Boise Foothills. In 2007, a trailhead parking lot off Cartwright Road was built with a $46,000 grant awarded by the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation. There is currently a small 1930s home on the property where a caretaker lives.
Eight miles of Ridge to Rivers trails crisscross the property providing some amazing views of the valley and foothills. Dogs are only allowed on-leash in Polecat Gulch Reserve due to the sensitive nature of the plants and wildlife.
Polecat Gulch Trailhead Information Update
Project is underway on a new Polecat Gulch Reserve Trailhead at the north end of Collister Drive in Northwest Boise.
The new trail head will include a 15-stall gravel parking lot with a solar-powered access gate and gravel access road, a vault toilet, fencing, hydro-seeding and soil stabilization.
Work is expected to be completed by end of June.
Because of safety concerns, trail access from Collister will be closed during construction. Trail users can access Polecat Gulch from the Cartwright Road trailhead on the north side of the reserve.
Western Idaho Construction and Landscape is the contractor for the $81,743.60 project. Funding is provided by the City of Boise.
Located between Cartwright and Collister Roads, Polecat Gulch features 8 miles of trails and mature vegetation that supports mule deer year round. Polecat is also home to a large population of Aase's onion, a rare plant found in the Boise Foothills.
For additional information, please contact Project Manager Kelly Burrows at email@example.com or (208) 608-7634 or Julia Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 493-2533.
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