Boise Foothills 8th Street gate now open

Posted at 1:56 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 00:50:48-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has opened the 8th Street gate in the Boise Foothills to allow the use of all motorized vehicle on the 8th Street extension. The gate is located about three miles up the road from the Jim Hall Foothills learning center.

The extension, also known as Sunset Peak Road, provides motorized access to the upper roads and trails in the Boise Foothills. The gate limits access to motorcycles, mountain bikes and other non-motorized use during the winter.

“The purpose of the annual seasonal closure is to prevent road damage from full-sized vehicles when the road bed is typically wet and easily rutted,” said Dave Draheim, BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner. “With the arrival of warmer and drier weather, the upper road is better able to sustain heavier use.”

The road will remain open to full-sized motor vehicles through December 1.