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Polecat Gulch is a popular trailhead in the Boise Foothills with a few different loop options.
The one shown here is the short version, but it still covers three miles and a significant hill climb.
On this hike you'll go gradually up the valley of Polecat Gulch, then up a steeper section to gain a panoramic ridgeline.
Winding along the ridge leads eventually to a quick descent, where the trail cuts across steep slopes to deliver you back into the gulch. If you want the longer version, simply stay on Polecat Loop trail instead of making the shortcut with Quick Draw and Doe Ridge.
And as always in the Boise Foothills, stay off muddy trails in order to avoid damage.
The trails at Polecat Gulch tend to dry slower than some others, so give them ample time following rain or snow. Note: As of 2021, all users are required to travel counter-clockwise on this loop (may not apply in the winter). Source: https://www.ridgetorivers.org/