In 2014, Payette Brewing adopted Polecat Loop in the Boise Foothills Ridge to Rivers Trail System. We “Payette Forward” with our annual maintenance and clean-up to preserve the trails for all the bikers, hikers and trail runners.

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Last week, with the Ridge to Rivers Trail Crew staff, 15 Payette Brewing employees headed out the Foothills for an afternoon of trail maintenance with buckets, shovels and McLeods in tow. Ridge to Rivers staff members Sam and Matt spent a few hours with our crew teaching us how to repair the trail damage, why the damage occurs and more about the history of the trails. We got our hands dirty and brought the trails back to good-lookin' shape, with the drainage well supported. We then ended the afternoon with a couple beers, of course.

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“The Polecat Trail system was developed in 2007. It contains over 7 miles of winding single track trails that offer outstanding views of the Treasure Valley as well as the Boise Ridgeline. Trails in this area cross through lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the City of Boise, as well as private property through an easement. Please stay only on system trails. The Polecat Reserve trails are excellent beginner trails for mountain bikers, due to their relatively easy grades.”

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About Ridge to Rivers

The Boise Foothills provide a postcard backdrop that inspires and soothes the soul. An interconnected network of roads and trails courses through these hills, linking not only neighborhoods with public lands but also connecting people with the natural environment. With over 190 miles of trail, there is something for everyone. Here we provide ideas and tips about where to go, how to enjoy the foothills without hurting them and information about the area you may find interesting. As you explore, notice the diversity in the land, the plants and the animals, then imagine our community without this unique treasure. You can help protect and care for this special place by learning more about the land and its needs.