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A beginner's guide to safe and happy roaming

After an extremely dry spring, we already have a hiking season in the Northwest. This video gives some simple advice to make your journey more enjoyable.

After an extremely dry spring, we already have a hiking season in the Northwest. This video gives some simple advice to make your journey more enjoyable.

Only a few minutes from Boise, and located near Lucky Peak, is a remnant of Idaho's history. Once a gold mine owned by a prominent Boise businessman, the site is now a destination for hikers looking for little loneliness and a taste of history.

Information about Adelmann Mine, named for the owner and businessman of Boise Richard C. Adelmann, is rare. Roaming Website AllTrails lays the trek “Alderman Mine,” and there are no path signs or signs that ensure you are in the right direction.

But roaming is a moderate journey, which comes around about 5 miles if you know where to start.


The first mile of Adelmann Mine's track on a serviced dirt road is packed on the River Boyne Wildlife Management Area.

Nicole Blanchard

Sharp and scenic views of the Boise Mountains

The unofficial corridor to Adelmann Mine is at the headquarters of the River Boots Wildlife Management Area of ​​Idaho 21. A total of hike on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, while Idaho Fish and Game manages the area, which is vital for winter for deer and other Foothills wildlife.

Krista Biorn, a wildlife biologist who manages the WMA River Boise, advises pedestrians to park outside the gate leading to the headquarters so that their vehicles are not locked. From the gate turn back on the property and down WMA buildings to follow the dirt road back in the hills.

The first mile of the cinch hike. You follow a service road packed dirt, with a meadow on both sides.

There is one unpleasant bit – the WMA lives in a road hole that leaves IDFG the remains of animals for decomposition or cleaning by predators. The track goes over that pit around the 1 mile mark, so if you are ready, you prepared. The smell of a cold evening in May when my boyfriend and I hit the trip was not bad, but as the days begin to get warmer (and you go mid-day) the smell could be stronger. It is a small site, so you move quickly and gently to the smell.

For a mile up the track, you will come up on a hip. In 2016, a wild fire focused through the WMA, burning almost 5,000 acres and leaving the tree skeleton creating a beautiful beautiful arch serving the stream and continuing back into the hills.

This is where you start in a more difficult country. The corridor is narrower with a single track with loose rocks. Make sure you wear shoes with a good tread – you will see more gravel near the mine.

The next mile of the journey has a beautiful wildflower background as you climb a stretch up evenly and pencil evenly. You will find about 1,300 feet high from the track to the mine itself, and most of this rise occurs over the second mile. The balsamroot lupine, phlox and arrowleaf are welcome from the hills to be hit.

“When you hit these higher platforms, you will start looking at native plants and shrubs,” said Biorn. “It's a great place for native vegetation.” T

With about half a mile left, you will have a mountain with a hill and you get the first glimpse of the old mine building. From here, the journey begins upwards, but watch your step – there is a sharp cliff on the right and loose rocks on the path, which will become slim.


Rocks and debris are blocked on the old mines apparatus. The Adelmann Mine trail builds up to the mines ship and house outside.

Nicole Blanchard

As you approach the outbuilding, the old mines apparatus will be left. The rocks are recessed into the shaft and blocked, but the metal railings attached once remain to the mine and the outbuilding in the corridor. Before you go over a corrugated metal warehouse, cross a small stream and reach the short strip of track that meets the top of the outdoor building. (The outbuilding and larger mine form is not used, and the land in which they are owned is owned by BLM. We contacted the footpaths and avoided any other buildings, including the nearby store, on fear that they go over private land.) plank puts into the top of the building, although the wood is very old, so I wouldn't walk.

A steep, rough path, very similar to the base of the structure, is where you will find old mining tools and equipment left behind when the operations ceased in the mid-1900s. Some of the equipment and walls are already being removed by graffiti, so be careful not to disturb the site anymore.

It is certainly the old mine that closed this corridor, but the top nature views are the same. From 5,000 feet high, you get an unsecured view of the rolling Boise Mountains and the highlights later.

If you are looking for some solitude near the city, this trail is a great choice. We saw only one other person on the weekday evening trip.

Set up approximately 3 hours of accurate journey from the heading – this will give you plenty of time to bring in the views at the top of the hill. Biorn said that there is limited access from October to early May to protect wildlife then, so it is planned to do a spring or summer trip.


A small path leads off the main route to the lower part of the Mine Adelmann building. Some old equipment is still inside, but unfortunately the old building was replaced by graffiti taggers.

Nicole Blanchard


The history of the Adelmann mine is closed.

“Unfortunately, the mining records are not very consistent,” said Angie Davis, library assistant with Idaho State Historical Society.

Davis was able to track mines in Lucky Peak area to the Adelmann family, which is still a Boise downtown building named for him. Richard C. Adelmann was the custodian of saloon, architect and minister, according to historian Arthur Hart. The group owns “Adelmann” mines in the Black Hornet Area.

It is not clear exactly when the structure called Adelmann Mine was built now. Old geological and mineral records show mining activity in the area dating back to 1903. List of similar records Adelmann's list as a gold mine that gave silver, lead, pyrite and quartz.


With the old mine shaft behind you, you can see railings which would connect the mine journey to the standing outbuilding along the Mine Adelmann track outside Boise.

Nicole Blanchard

The Black Hornet mines were not as productive as the mines in other parts of the state.

“The mines were discovered and worked underground in the late 1800s and early 1900s with developmental development work and little production since then until the Second World War,” said Virginia S. Gillerman, geologist research. with Idaho Geological Survey. “Overall production was relatively low.”

Today, the wildlife biologist Biorn said, there is still demand from private owners for the area and it is turned off manually for gold.


You take the route to Adelmann Mine up to the top of the building. However, try not to cross the wooden path – the boards are old and may be dangerous.

Nicole Blanchard

Getting there

From Interstate 84, Exit 57 took towards Idaho City on Idaho 21. One north on Idaho 21 for 10.3 miles. Mount Hill Station is a half-mile warning. Turn left towards the River Boyne Wildlife Management Area offices. There are approximately four parking spaces outside the gateway.

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