Last summer, through the generosity of Xmas Hills, LLLC and in loving memory of Caroline Farnsworth, we were able to acquire more than 1100 acres of private land to develop hiking, biking, equestrian, snowshoeing and Nordic trails for the public to use and to enjoy. Located on the outskirts of Bonners Ferry, more than 25 miles for trail users of all levels of skill and ability are designed. Our volunteers already have 3 miles of those trails built, with another 5 miles slated for this summer. The Enchanted Forest is a rare gem and promises to offer a mystical adventure through a magical forested retreat.
Trail Activity: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Horseback, Snowshoeing
Trailhead 1: 456 Hoot Owl Road - Length: 3.0 Miles - Difficulty: Intermediate
In collaboration with the City of Bonners Ferry and the Parks and Recreation Department, we are creating at least 2 miles of connected trails at Riverside Park. This trail system will start at the north end of the Kootenai River Bridge, meander towards the river, under the bridge and around the Park. Not only will this trail system delight families, bikers, and pedestrians alike, but it will also provide easy access from downtown Bonners Ferry to the Park, District 2 Road, and out along the majestic Kootenai River.
Trail Activity: Walking, Biking, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country
Difficulty: Easy - Length: 1.8 Miles Network
In partnership with the Idaho Department of Lands, 9B Trails is creating a new trail system located on Kootenai Trail Road in beautiful Paradise Valley. This location is expected to offer the experience of a perfect outdoor getaway that is close to town and overlooks Mirror Lake Golf Course. With over 8 miles of gently rolling, non-technical trails in the works, this trail system will offer mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and Nordic opportunities for families and individuals alike. Not only that, but the views of the Kootenai Valley from this trail system are breathtaking!
On October 15, 1998, more than 400,000 cubic yards of mud gushed from the North Hill of Bonners Ferry, wiping out Highway 95 and left behind a mass of mud on the Kootenai valley floor near Riverside Park. Today, the North Hill basin offers a perfect location for a new trail system for mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners to explore along the old highway. The Mudslide Trail on the North Hill guarantees to be the new favorite outdoor hangout, minus the mud!