Hulls Gulch Reserve is a 292-acre site north of downtown Boise at the base of the foothills. Unfortunately, this area like much of the lower Boise Foothills is under attack by invasive species to include Russian olive, cereal rye, white top, poison hemlock, Scotch cotton thistle, and more. Learn about the current biological conditions of the reserve here, based on data collected in 2018. Invasive plants are a leading cause of declines in native plant and animal numbers and out-compete and displace native plants that many native wildlife species depend on for food and cover.
In keeping with the Open Space Matters Reserve Master Plan, the City of Boise began a restoration project in 2018 to improve riparian and upland features and functions, including wildlife habitat and water quality, while balancing recreation and public access in the area. The majority of this reserve was acquired through a community-wide citizen effort over a three-year period from 1991 to 1993. The initial parcel of land – 99 acres – was purchased in the early 1990s through a land trade with United Water, the parent company of Orida Investment Corporation.
The name “Hulls Gulch” comes from the ephemeral creek that runs from higher up in the foothills through the middle of this property. The reserve is home to two trailheads (The Grove and Lower Hulls Gulch) that are the starting point for some of the 180 miles of Ridge to Rivers trails in the foothills. Hikers, mountain bikers, dog walkers, runners, and horseback riders enjoy the trails in this area. Common wildlife seen throughout the year in Hulls Gulch includes great horned owls, kestrels, coyotes, mule deer, red foxes, and species of snakes and lizards. There are specific rules and regulations regarding dogs in the foothills.