UPDATE: June 9, 2017:
Trail to Stack Rock Re-opens
The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley is pleased to announce the trail to Stack Rock, also known as ‘Entrance Exam’ is once again open to the public, on marked trails only.
The trail was closed in June of 2016 to allow logging activity on the private land that the trail crosses. While some areas will still be impacted by logging this summer and fall, the landowners have agreed to allow the trail to re-open for public use. The logging is part of an effort to maintain and improve forest health. Douglas fir in the area have been dying due to impacts from mistletoe and bark beetles. Replanting will take place once removal of diseased trees is complete.
“We are fortunate that these landowners allow public access across their private land on the marked trail. It’s the direct route to Stack Rock and an important and popular trail, particularly for hikers” said Tim Breuer, Director of the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley.
The Land Trust secured the revocable trail easement across three different ownerships in 2013. Public access is allowed only on the marked trail.
“The best way to sustain and keep our trail system intact is to be respectful of the private land that many of our foothills trails cross, including ‘Entrance Exam’, and to avoid traveling off the marked route. For the safety of the public, and as requested by the landowners, visitors are asked to stay on the marked logging road. They will find that the trail is a bit rough, so caution is advised, but the trail is passable. Users should also be on the lookout for logging traffic along the route.” added Breuer.
Access to the trail, which is a direct route to Stack Rock, is found just past mile marker 13 on Bogus Basin Road. Parking is limited. An alternative to this route to Stack Rock begins at Bogus Basin Ski Resort, called East side trail. Recreationists may also enjoy other high elevation trail options such as Around the Mountain trail and the Headwaters trail network in upper Dry Creek near mile marker 12.
‘Entrance Exam’ is shown on the map below, in BLUE. The grey lines indicate the approximate alignment of logging roads, which are NOT open to the public.
Stack Rock is an icon of the Treasure Valley and has been a destination for recreationists for decades. In 2013, the Land Trust secured a trail easement across private land to Stack Rock.
Parking: There is a small pullout parking area near mile marker 13 on Bogus Basin Road. The approximate location is mapped above. More work is needed as trailhead parking is limited. Efforts are underway to identify an alternative parking area. Until a site is secured please respect signs and park only off the asphalt.
Until 2013, the only public trail access was over 9 miles long from Bogus Basin Ski Resort – too far for most hikers, and there was a problem with many people cutting through private land without permission. When Boise City acquired Stack Rock with Foothills levy money and a private donation, the need for a direct route that was also legal became even more critical.
Three separate owners helped make the easement possible which now allows for public access to this great site.
We hope you find time to enjoy the hike or bike ride to Stack Rock!