POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Bureau of Land Management will open the Chinese Peak Blackrock Trail System to motorized and bicycle traffic Monday. The trail is closed every year from November 16 through April 14 to protect wintering deer.
Because the area is so popular, it will open on schedule, but BLM is reminding users of "no shooting" areas within the Blackrock Canyon recreation site. That includes parking areas, ATV load and unloading ramps, picnic sites, camping areas, and restrooms. The regulation also applies to areas 150 yards for the first two miles on each side of the Blackrock Canyon road, after entering the BLM gate.
"Idaho weather is unpredictable, and even though the trail system is open, we can expect snow or rain at any moment so please use these trails responsibly," said Melissa Warren, Pocatello field manager. "Staying on designated roads/trails and avoiding snowdrifts and muddy areas help prevent resource damage." Warren also says riders should be cautious since there may still be a few deep drifts on north-facing slopes at higher elevations.
Free maps of the trail system are available at the Pocatello Field Office at 4350 Cliffs Drive.