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Sierra Club LGBTQ+ Boise Watershed Hike

Date: 4/4/2024 5:30 PM - 4/4/2024 8:00 PM

Location: Lydle Gulch Trailhead

Sierra Club LGBTQ+ Boise Watershed Hike

5:30 – 8:00 pm

Lydle Gulch Trailhead

Free: Registration required:


Please join OUTdoors Idaho, in partnership with Big Gal Backpackers Boise, for an easy/beginner hike on Lydle Gulch Trail. This LGBTQ-only event is size inclusive and great for people who enjoy shorter, gentler trails. It's an opportunity for Boise-area folks to spend time outdoors and build community in a safe and inclusive space.

We will also be learning about our watershed and steps we can take to conserve water and improve water quality from Jenny Wolf of the Boise Watershed.

What to expect:

5:30 p.m. | Meet at the Lydle Gulch Trailhead, eat a sandwich dinner together
5:45 p.m. | Pre-hike meeting going over event info; begin learning about the Boise Watershed
6:00 p.m. | Hike Lydle Gulch Trail. We will stop at two locations to learn more from Jenny about the watershed and water conservation.
8:00 p.m. | Event concludes

Level: Easy

More about difficulty, skill level, and safety
This outing is open to people of all experience levels and will be intentionally paced to support everyone in the group, including beginners and folks who need to take it slower. Our trip leaders will carry a full first aid kit along with extra water.

The hike will be 2 miles total with 282 feet of elevation gain. The incine is very gradual throughout most of the trail, though one very small section where we go to overlook Lucky Peak Reservoir is a bit steep, and we'll take it very slow. This is an easy walk and we never leave anyone behind! We will go at a leisurely pace and take at least two breaks while we learn more about the watershed and water conservation.

Please reach out if you have any questions about the difficulty level of the route or what to expect!

Directions to trailhead
Coordinates: 43.5202993587, -116.0555662311. To get there, drive up Highway 21 towards Lucky Peak. Turn right on S Lucky Peak Dam Road (to drive over on the dam). After 0.9 miles, turn right onto the dirt road that takes you to Lydle Gulch Trailhead parking, which as a vault toilet (this road is across from a large paved parking area for the boat dock). The hike leader will be by her orange Subaru Crosstrek. Note that there is no cell reception at the meeting location, so please be sure to get your map started while you still have service AND look at these directions in advance.

Other considerations

  • Kids & families are welcome! (see information above to learn more about the difficulty/skill level and whether it would be a good fit for your kids). No dogs.
  • Please fill out a separate registration form for each person, so we can have a signed waiver on file for each person and know each individual's dietary preferences, etc.
  • We expect everyone joining this event to act respectfully and help create a safe and inclusive space for folks from marginalized identity groups. All participants must adhere to the standards of conduct in our Participant Agreement

Cost: Free! Plus, dinner will be provided by the Sierra Club, to eat before we begin the hike.

Signup Instructions: Please register by Tuesday, April 2 at 12pm (noon) so we can have an accurate headcount for lunch.

Bring: Water, sunscreen (theres no shade), clothing layers appropriate for the weather (it can be windy up there)

Carpool: Let us know if you need help with getting to/from the trailhead in your RSVP!

Note: Carpool transportation is at the sole risk of the participants.

Cancellation Policy: Leaders will check weather conditions the morning of the event. If the weather is considered unsafe, we will postpone the trip to a later date and communicate the new plans with all participants.

Trail info, map, and directions