Orchard Gulch

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Summary

Just a few miles from downtown, this quiet trail feels remote as it winds up a drainage past old fruit trees from times past.

Written by

Teresa Bruffey

Destination Distance From Downtown

6.6 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

2

Time To Complete

1 1/2 - 3 hours, 6-7.5miles round trip

Seasonality

Any

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

None

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Review

From Shaw Mountain Road, the Orchard Gulch Trail winds up into an drainage past old twisted, gnarled fruit trees that seem to whisper stories of times past when homesteaders looked to make their living from this land. Crossing up to a ridge, the trail drops down towards a second drainage, gaining a ridge above Five Mile Creek.

The moderate trail climbs up 3 miles to the ridgeline where just beyond Boise Ridge Rd the Hulls Ridge Trail can be seen. Turn around and head back the way you came. At the intersection with Five Mile Gulch Trail, continue the way you came or hang a right and head down Five Mile. A change of scenery, this trail features big stands of Cottonwood and Locust trees. To get back to your vehicle from Five Mile, hike up the road a short distance of about .8 of a mile.  

Go in the fall and if you’re in luck and the season has been good, you may just find some wild apples to pick.

Location

Orchard Gulch

Shaw Mountain Road
Boise, ID,
43.633978, -116.08446

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