Boise: Birds of Prey

This 11.6-miler crosses the Snake River, then heads downstream through a magnificent desert canyon known for its raptors and hidden rock art.
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This 11.6-miler crosses the Snake River, then heads downstream through a magnificent desert canyon known for its raptors and hidden rock art.

Mapped by Jason Kauffman

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.4

Waypoints

BOP001

Location: 43.2439384460449, -116.377532958984

Hike SW across the Swan Falls Dam

BOP002

Location: 43.2421073913574, -116.380477905273

Once on the Snake River's W side, cross gravel area and pick up trail

BOP003

Location: 43.2369117736816, -116.378921508789

Stay R as trail turns N and begins steep climb

BOP004

Location: 43.2406921386719, -116.382919311523

Stay R @ Y in road, bearing NW

BOP005

Location: 43.2419776916504, -116.38599395752

Turn R @ Y in road. Turn R again @ Y just 10 yards ahead

BOP006

Location: 43.2491607666016, -116.389205932617

Photo op: Sweeping buttes frame the tawny meadows of the Snake River canyon

BOP007

Location: 43.2498207092285, -116.39030456543

Continue straight along old 4x4 road, heading NW downriver

BOP008

Location: 43.2523727416992, -116.391105651855

Turn L @ Y; ongoing views of the Snake River and surrounding gorge for the next 4 mi.

BOP009

Location: 43.2814788818359, -116.408073425293

Look for the remains of an old orchard to L near homestead of the long-abandoned Priest Ranch

BOP010

Location: 43.2898216247559, -116.422180175781

Pass cable crossing over Snake River

BOP011

Location: 43.2922325134277, -116.43009185791

Take faint trail to L. The dark boulders in this field hide ancient panels of Native American rock art. Each petroglyph tells its own story. Take photographs, but don't touch

Snake River Canyon

Location: 43.2484855651856, -116.38875579834

©Jason Kauffman

Snake River Petroglyphs

Location: 43.2922668457031, -116.430404663086

©Jason Kauffman