Stack Rock Reserve
ACRES: 1320 | TRAILS: 4.6
Protected in 2010
In 2010, Boise City purchased 1,320 acres near Bogus Basin ski area for $1.32 million. $1 million came from Fred Alleman, a Boise citizen and avid Ridge to Rivers Trail user. The property is located about 9 miles from downtown Boise west of Bogus Basin Road in a forested area with steep slopes and old logging roads. It primarily lies in Boise County and includes the prominent Stack Rock geologic formation. The reserve is a desirable destination for multiple recreational uses, including hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. Freddy's Stack Rock Trail is a loop trail that meanders through the reserve. It links up with the current Ridge to Rivers trail system in the Shafer Butte area.
This reserve offers the people of the Treasure Valley a trail system that is surrounded by forested landscapes that are dominated by Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. This reserve differs from all of the other City of Boise owned reserves because of its relative long distance from the city and the fact that it is a forest dominated landscape instead of an upland shrub/grassland dominated landscape.
Health of the Reserve
In 2018, ecological health of the reserve was assessed by field technicians. Monitoring plots were strategically located across the reserve, data was collected at each point to include a species inventory, percent cover of structural functional groups (like invasive species vs. natives), shrub density, erosion and soil stability assessments, and others. Those data are summarized below and help to guide future management treatments and practices for Stack Rock Reserve. The data herein reflect monitoring from sagebrush steppe environments only. Forested property was monitored using a different protocol.