Story Chelsea Chambers
With all the beauty that Idaho has to offer, many of us have grown to become outdoor-people. Walking, riding, hiking, jogging—the days are meant to be spent in the sunshine, watching the world as it blossoms into spring and warms into summer.
And coming from one outdoor enthusiast to another, I have long desired a one-stop-shop for all my trail needs. Bouncing around from one app to the next, constantly being misinformed by websites that never update, it’s an endless cycle that has finally been broken by one website. BoiseTrails.com.
Boise Trails is a community-based webpage that is designed with our city in mind. Started by Kirk Cheney and Jason Delgadillo, Boise Trails compiles all of our local trails for hiking, biking, jogging, and more. But perhaps the best and most unique feature that Boise Trails has to offer is its community-oriented design. Users can, and do, post frequent updates about each trail as well as resources for alternative trails.
Kirk and Jason met in 2014 through a mutual affinity for biking and started riding together. Like many recreationalists, they both quickly discovered that while Boise has a large network of beautiful trails, there was almost no way of knowing what their daily conditions were like. In the summer of 2017, the two decided it was time to take matters into their own hands and create a true “one-stop-shop” for trails in the area.
BoiseTrails.com has local and community information, along with events, conditions, and updates. And because anyone who uses the website is able to post, information is much more widely available and up-to-date. You can even find complete maps that pinpoint your location, along with community-ran information so you’ll never find yourself half way down a trail with your wheels stuck in the mud. It is, without a doubt, the most user-friendly trail site I have ever used.
“We are creating the opportunity for the community to get involved with supporting the trails,” says co-owner Kirk. The website also has an events tab with information on upcoming trail-builds, races, and more.
Boise Trails is so much more than just a trail site. Kirk, Jason, and their team have built a platform that brings people together. They also have an on-going blog, which is truly a great read, containing posts on various topics like Boise’s Best Intermediate/Expert Trails and the Best Trail Gear.
With the recent launch of the site in January 2018, Kirk and Jason are excited to see what comes as the page grows. The more people that are involved, the better it becomes as a resource.
Above all, Kirk and Jason wanted to create a place that advocates for outdoor recreation—it is important to get out, get active, and to stay involved in community trails. They are a precious resource that need continuous maintenance. Luckily for us, they’ve laid a foundation upon which we can build a strong community of active trail users.
Visit their website at www.BoiseTrails.com and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.