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Backpacker Magazine – November 2012

From the Field: BACKPACKER Trail Scouts' Top Western Local Hikes

Whether you want an uncrowded hike in Zion National Park or a five-miler through a gypsum dune field in New Mexico, our scouts have paved the way.

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Goat Lake (Photo by Hikingwithmybrother.com)
Goat Lake (Photo by Hikingwithmybrother.com)
Gypsum Dunefield (Photo by Chuck Haney)
Gypsum Dunefield (Photo by Chuck Haney)
Chinle Trail (Photo by Joe Braun)
Chinle Trail (Photo by Joe Braun)

Lower Hulls Gulch Loop, Hulls Gulch/Camel's Back Reserve, ID
David Gordon, Boise, ID

Escape into the foothills five minutes from downtown Boise on this local-favorite seven-mile loop. Ascend 600 feet in two miles to a sage- and bitterbrush-covered ridgeline: “You get nice views looking back at the city to the southwest,” Gordon says. Descend along trickling Hulls Creek to close the loop. Tip: Don’t let a freezing late-fall morning dissuade you—the hills are at their prettiest under a layer of frost. (Check ridgetorivers.cityofboise.org for trail conditions.) Trip ID 5668

“Also consider going in the late afternoon, when the sunlight casts an orange hue on the autumn-brown hills.”





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