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Five Mile Gulch

Intermediate
 4.0 (9)

A scenic trail following the drainage in the foothills close to town.


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Map Key

3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

69%

Runnable

5,867' 1,788 m

High

3,825' 1,166 m

Low

2,042' 622 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (7°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Can be icy in the winter.

Description

Five Mile Gulch is a large drainage containing mature stands of Cottonwood and Locust; trees seldom seen in the foothills. The trail provides a great connection between Watchman Trail and Orchard Gulch.

From the parking lot on Rocky Canyon Road, the trail climbs gently through large stands of trees and has many stream crossings. There is an old toll booth about half way up the drainage when this route was used to get to Idaho City. At the junction with the Watchman Trail you'll go right and climb steeply. This trail is best used to access Watchman Trail to make a loop with Three Bears.

After a steep climb, you'll come to a junction with Orchard Gulch. From here the trail climbs steeply to the ridge and across an open hillside.

Contacts

Land Manager: Ridge to Rivers

Shared By:

Chris Wandervans

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  4.0 from 9 votes

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#239

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The flora along Five Mile Gulch is pristine and quite beautiful.
Jun 1, 2017 near Boise, ID
Headed up five mile gulch in early spring
Mar 17, 2018 near Boise, ID
Nice mellow singletrack follows the creek all the way up the gulch on the Fivemile Gulch Trail.
Apr 14, 2015 near Boise, ID
Hike is generally exposed, but areas near creeks have nice foliage.
Jun 17, 2016 near Boise, ID
Looking back at Boise and the surrounding area from the Fivemile Gulch trail.
May 31, 2017 near Boise, ID
Near the top of Fivemile Gulch.
May 31, 2017 near Boise, ID

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Jul 9, 2020
Chris Edwards
Saw some quail, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, and a Western Tanager. Beautiful weather passed 5 people at 6:30am. 3.4mi — 1h 00m
May 10, 2020
Alexis Bennett
May 9, 2018
Terrence Scraggins
3.2mi
Mar 24, 2018
Robyn Pepin
Trail is dry and in nice condition 7mi
Mar 15, 2018
Robyn Pepin
Trail in great shape - only the occasional mud puddle or snow patch 5.5mi
Oct 15, 2016
nickwbb Boswell
From Orchard Gulch to Boise Ridge Road. 2mi