The Kingfisher Trail hugs the southeastern shore of Lake Lowell in Idaho’s Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge for about three miles, then adds another mile alongside the New York Canal. The refuge, created more than 100 years ago, includes over 10,000 acres and provides crucial habitat for wildlife, especially birds. We saw lots of mallards and geese and a little bunny.
|Rating||1.9 out of 5|
|Duration||1:59 hours moving time (hiking)|
|Elevation Gain||8 feet|
|High Point||2,563 feet|
|Low Point||2,520 feet|
|Administration||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
|Conditions||Excellent, but the trail surface is pretty hard. Recommend wearing running shoes or trail runners with some cushioning|
|Maps||USGS Lake Lowell, Nampa|
|Trailhead||Take I-84 exit #33 (ID-55/Midland Boulevard). Continue on Midland for a mile or so, then turn left onto N Middleton Road. After 4 miles turn right onto Greenhurst Road and follow it until it turns into a gravel road. The trailhead is right there. Alternatively, continue on the gravel road to Gotts Point and start the hike from there (adds 1.5 miles roundtrip)
Google Directions (43.546467, -116.633416)
|Squirrel Density||Dogs must be leashed|
|Date||April 15, 2017|
You can start this hike either at the Greenhurst or Tio Lane trailheads. At the Greenhurst trailhead you will take the wide double-track that heads left (right leads to Gotts Point). For the next 3 miles, the lake will be on your right, mostly screened by trees, while the left side runs the full gamut from rubble piles to residential housing to vineyards to a quarry to irrigated farmlands to open grasslands sprinkled with sagebrush.
Then the path parallels the New York Canal, but a wetland surrounds it, so you won’t be able to actually see it. To do that you’ll have to continue on from Tio Lane for another mile.
There isn’t much to see along this hike besides the lake, and the trail is flat as flat can be. It’s an easy walk, though, and if you enjoy bird-watching it’s definitely a go-to place.
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- You can extend the hike at either end. Gotts Point adds another .75 miles one way and at the other end (Tio Lane) a 1-mile extension brings you to the New York Canal.
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