New interactive map helps Boise foothills trail users

Posted at 11:00 AM, Apr 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 04:04:24-04

BOISE — Spring is here -- and there’s now a new and improved way to plan your hike, run, or ride in the Boise Foothills.

The Boise Parks and Recreation Department has launched a new interactive and mobile-friendly trail map on the Ridge to Rivers website: Click here.

Ada County, as part of the Ridge to Rivers partnership, worked with the City of Boise over the last few months to incorporate feedback received from users while the map was in the testing phase.

New features include:

  • Faster load time
  • Added “level of difficulty” ratings for trails throughout the foothills (colored icons on map trails)
  • Improved navigation and search function
  • Updates to the mobile interface to make the map easier to use on smartphones

“This new map allows the Ridge to Rivers partnership to better communicate and interact with all types of trail users,” said Doug Holloway, Boise Parks and Recreation director. “It’s a great way to discover new trails and reserves -- and the 3-D feature allows you to better prepare for conditions along the way.”

  • The online map also allows users to geo-locate themselves on trails throughout the Ridge to Rivers system. It was developed by Ada County Information Technology using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) equipment to create high resolution images that can be viewed on a desktop or cell phone.

“This map is such an asset to all trail users, no matter what their skill level,” said Stephen O’Meara, Ada County Information Technology Director. “Users can see the smallest detail, plan ahead based on their activity level, and even find off-leash trails for their dogs.”

The Ridge to Rivers partnership was formed in 1992 and consists of the City of Boise, Ada County, the Bureau of Land Management Four Rivers Field Office, the Boise National Forest and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

(Map courtesy: Boise Parks and Recreation Dept.)