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You are here: Mtn Home Outdoor Local Outdoor News Hike High Above the South Fork of the Boise River

Hike High Above the South Fork of the Boise River

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(May 30th, 2012) Review of a surprisingly good hike on the bluffs high above the South Fork of the Boise River...and that just downstream of Anderson Ranch Dam. This National Forest Service Trail was completely unknown to me until I just stumbled upon it. Views, water, location, and a ton of wildlife make this a “must walk trail” just 17 miles northeast of Mountain Home, Idaho.

View from high above the South Fork of the Boise River

The Hike on NFS Trail 164A
I parked just off NFS Road 164, more commonly known as the Dixie Cut-off Road, at coordinates 43.316615, -115.496536. From there, the hike is rather hilly as NFS 164A heads northward towards the bluffs above the Boise River. Once you hit the bluffs, and I use the term “bluff” loosely, the views along and into the Canyon are spectacular but the trail flattens out.

From Hike Above South Fork of the Boise River


The big surprise during this hike was the “water”. Who thought there would be a large source of running water about 1,000 feet above the South Fork of the Boise River! The water comes in the form of an irrigation ditch that eventually dumps into the East Fork of Long Tom Creek. And this trail follows the irrigation ditch for about 1 mile all the while looking over the South Fork.

From Hike Above South Fork of the Boise River


At the ~ 1.5 mile point, NFSR 164A heads steeply up the hillside. At the top of this hillside you have 2 choices. Head south down to the Dixie Cut-off Road or head north along a ridgeline above the river. I took the ridgeline but stopped well short of where I wanted to go. Let's just say the terrain is rather steep getting up to the ridgeline at coordinates 43.325616, -115.482263. This point was my turn around and head back to the car point.

The Animals of 164A
Snakes, birds, ducks, geese, and an pronghorn. All animals were harassed by my dog except the antelope who remained far enough away to be detected by Addie. But the ducks and geese really got the dog excited and she spend a lot of the time hunting them down in full speed sprints.

GPS Track on Google Map

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Blue line is the exact track I took.

Hike on NFS Trail 164A Stats and Information

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